Summertime Advanced Arrangement
Welcome to part 2 of this lesson on "Summertime" vocal accompaniment. In part 1, we explored a basic version of the form and the chord changes. We also introduced a walking bassline outlining the root and 5ths of each chord.
In this lesson, we will introduce extended and altered chord voicings to create a richer and more sophisticated accompaniment.
Summertime Bassline & Voicings
In our situation, the left hand will be playing the bassline and the vocalist will be singing the melody. This leaves our right hand free to experiment and explore the more colourful tones and tensions.
We will keep the bassline consistent with the previous lesson, and so I’m going add voicings that fit well with both the baseline and the melody.
We will be incorporating some of the voicings from the solo piano arrangement of this tune. We’ll still need to be mindful of clashing extensions and reharmonizations as discussed earlier in this course. In places, we’ll need to simplify the voicings, and only add in complex colors in melodic breaks, or where we’ve worked it out that it will sound good with the melody.
Summertime Sing & Play
If you are the singer and the pianist, it’s a little easier to coordinate voice to piano and experiment with the tunes you are playing. You can follow this exact process for all of your songs. Check out the next lessons in this course for tips and advice specifically for the singing pianist.
This lesson provides a track where I’ll sing in Dmin with simple bass and metronome. You can play along and try out different basslines, voicings and fills. I’ll go thru the form 4 times, once with the lyrics you’ve heard me singing, then I’ll scat, then I’ll come in with the first verse again, and then I’ll get to sing my very most favorite verse of any jazz standard – the 2nd verse of summertime.