The Shadow Of Your Smile Tutorial Part 2
In part 2 of this tutorial we build upon the theory in part 1 to create a full solo piano arrangement incorporating chord extensions, sus chords and altered dominant chords.
Fist we look at a few ways you can embellish the melody in the right hand. This helps to add character and personality to the arrangement. To get inspiration for your own embellishments, make sure you are listening to lots of different recordings and transcribing sections that you like the sound of.
We then introduce some interesting counterpoint using scale runs and arpeggio shapes in our left hand. This adds balance to the arrangement and creates melodic interest in the lower registers of the piano.
This is a nice tune for applying suspended harmony. In particular we focus on sus to altered dominant movement over the V chords in the progression. The sus voicing delays the sense of resolution and is a useful device when the chords are sparse. Most of the chords in this tune last for a full measure which gives you lots of time (and freedom!) to play around with internal voices.
Remember that you can always move from the dominant sus chord to the tritone before resolving to the 1 chord. This is a great sequence to add more harmonic interest to vanilla 251s.