Someone To Watch Over Me: Beginner Tutorial
Welcome to this jazz standard tutorial on the famous Gershwin composition “Someone To Watch Over Me”
The tune follows a standard 32 bar AABA form and there is also a 24 bar introduction which we are going to include in the arrangement. We will be arranging the tune in a slow ballad style in the original key of Eb Major.
Always Learn The Lyrics
If you are not already familiar with the lyrics, then I’d highly recommend that you spend some time to listen to the notable vocal versions.
Learning and memorising the lyrics will help you with phrasing the melody and also express the meaning of the lyrics musically in your performance.
Beginner & Advanced Tutorials
There are a series of tutorials for this tune. This one is beginner-focused. We stick to mostly simple voicings containing the root, the 3rd, and the 7th with the melody on top in our right hand.
The harmony and chord changes in this tune are quite challenging in places and so be aware that it is a difficult tune for beginners.
This tune was so highly-voted in the PianoGroove Community area that we wanted to ensure there is a tutorial for all levels of student. This is why it has been included here in the beginner course.
This lesson is also a nice illustration of the importance of the theory exercises in this course such as triad and 7th chord inversions.
Moving Onto To The Advanced Lessons
The other lessons on this tune are much more advanced where we create a complex solo piano arrangement. Check out those lessons here:
If you are new to jazz piano, continue to progress through PianoGroove’s Beginner Syllabus. Try out the advanced tutorials on this tune at a later date once you are comfortable with chord extensions, rootless voicings, and altered harmony.