“Never Let Me Go” Tutorial
In this lesson we’re going to create a solo piano arrangement of a beautiful ballad ‘Never Let Me Go’, written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
The tune appeared first time int the movie The Scarlet Hour, and has been recorded by numerous people from then on.
Good versions to check out are of course the movie version sang by Nat King Cole, Bill Evans version, Nancy Wilson, Keith Jarret, just to name a few.
When learning a new song, I highly recommend to listen many vocal versions, that’s nice way to sing and learn the melody, and also you will get familiar with the lyrics.
Experiment with placing the chords after the melody. This creates a 'question & answer' or 'call and response' approach to playing solo jazz piano.
When dealing with multiple modulations, always relate the chord back to the key of the tune. This applies to the bridge of "Never Let Me Go".
Memorising the modulations in relation to the key of the tune will help you transpose the tune if needed.
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