Naima – Solo Piano Tutorial
In this lesson, we’re going to create a solo piano arrangement of John Coltrane song ‘Naima’.
Giant Steps Album
The song first appeared on the album Giant Steps, which I recommend to check out as it is one of the most influential albums of all time. Naima has also become one of the most known and played modal ballads.
The Form & Pedal Points
The tune follows an A A B A form. This song is a great example of the use of pedal point, where the chord color changes over the same bass note, A parts over Eb pedal sort of resolving to Abmaj, and B over Bb pedal. The outro is the only part that is around tonal center Ab. Let’s go through the tune.