Satin Doll Tutorial Part 1
Welcome to part 1 of this jazz standard tutorial on Satin Doll by Duke Ellington.
Most commonly played in C Major, the tune follows a standard 32 Bar A-A-B-A form.
If you’ve never listening to this tune before, check out the version performed by Ellington and his band. Other great recordings of this tune are the versions by McCoy Tyner with his extensive use of block chords and also Michel Petruciani’s solo piano performance.
We’re going to start off by playing through the form with left hand voicings and then we will create some 2 handed voicings and play through the form again.
In part 2 of this tutorial, we will explore the stylistic aspects of the tune. We’ll start with some left hand bass patterns and then move into rootless comping voicings including the 4 way close block chord, red garland voicings and finally quartal voicings derived from pentatonic harmony.