Red Garland Voicings Tutorial
In this lesson we are going to create a useful 2 handed voicing, widely known as the Red Garland Voicing.
Red Garland is perhaps most famous for his unique block chord style. He performed and recorded extensively throughout his career, with many of the jazz greats including Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and, Coleman Hawkins.
The Red Garland voicing has a very distinctive ‘block chord’ sound, but compared to previous styles of block chords, it has a much brighter quality and is slightly more dissonant in places.
The voicing also creates more fullness in the upper register which allows you to produce a very rich and full sound out of his piano. Similar to earlier block chord styles, the Red Garland voicing is often used to harmonise each note of a stepwise melody line.
This is a very nice voicing to comp with and is quite easy to learn because you are just playing a left hand voicing, and then doubling the melody with your right hand with a fifth interval in between.
Sometimes the 5th interval in the middle of you right hand will ‘clash’ with the underlying harmony and this creates some interesting colour and tension.
In this lesson, we will use the tune ‘There Will Never Be Another You’ to apply the red garland voicing. If you haven’t watched that jazz standard tutorial already, I would recommend watching that lesson first to familiarise yourself with the chords and changes.