Welcome to this jazz standard lesson on Skylark by Hoagy Carmichael.
Written in Eb Major, the tune follows a 32 measure A-A-B-A form. We’re going to start the tune with some simple voicings, as outlined on the lead sheet. This will give us a basic understanding of the harmony and the melody.
We will enhance our arrangement, creating more complex harmonies and melodies and we will also reharmonise parts of the tune.
Many of the rehamornisations I use are from the recordings I have listened to, which highlights the importance of this in your musical development as a student of jazz piano.
Some notable recodings of the tune are the Kenny Barron version, both solo and trio versions. The recordings by Mulgrew Miller are also worth checking out and have wonderful bluesy and soulful vibe.
You can find links to these versions below and also in the PianoGroove Forum… be sure to check them out.
Whilst you can learn lots from piano lessons, nothing can replace regular listening to jazz and it’s an essential part of your development.
Hayden, I just got back from a trip to Paris and southern France (wow! my first time and experience of a lifetime). But being in a relaxed state and driving through Provence, the song “SkyLark” started playing in my head (constantly). So when i got back, i have been obsessively playing your lesson on SkyLark –which i love the harmonic choices. And I have a couple of questions. In the second measure, isn’t the slash chord Eb/G really a iii minor? Wouldn’t you consider the step wise progression as I maj, ii minor, iii minor and IV major? Is there a reason to think of this as a slash chord and not as a diatonic iii minor? (i know i’m probably missing something…). The 2nd question is about the A7 in the 3rd measure. Would i think of this as some kind of tritone sub? because it is a half step above the Ab7? I reviewed the Tritone video and i’m still not completely clear. Hope you are doing well. Thanks in advance for your responses. Regards, LonnieAsk questions and get instant replies from our team of teachers. Get Started With PianoGroove Pro.