“Pure Imagination” For Beginners
In this lesson we create a beginner-focused arrangement of the tune “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
We first arrange the tune using simple root-3-7 voicings and we pay attention to the major and minor 251s so that we know how to identify and navigate this common progressions. We then go through the form again and enhance our voicings with chord extensions and chord alterations.
An interesting aspect of this tune is that it features a lot of suspended harmony; also known as sus chords. We will analyse the role of the suspended voicings and discuss how they fit into the harmonic framework of the tune.
We have created an advanced arrangement of this tune and whilst this is a beginner-focused lesson, we will hint at some of the more advanced arranging techniques. If you’d like to learn more you can check out the full advanced tutorial here.
Related Theory Lessons
The following theory areas have been covered in detail in other lessons, click the links below if you would like to learn more about these topics:
"Pure Imagination" follows an AABA form which means that the first 8 bars repeat 3 times with slight variations.
Once we have memorised the melody and the harmony of the first 8 bars, we in fact have memorised almost 75% of the tune.
First learn to play through the tune with simple R-3-7 voicings, and then gradually layer in some chord extensions and alterations.
Experiment with the suspended voicings in the 251s. We can resolve the suspended 4th, or alternatively hold the suspension.
Listen to the different textures created by adding 9ths and 13ths to sus voicings.
The advanced arrangement demo features a lot of passing chords and reharmonisations. If these theory areas are new to you, check out the related lessons list above.