Tenderly Tutorial – Jazz Piano Lesson
Tenderly is written in the key of Eb Major and has an impressionistic character similar to that are early Debussy. The tune has a 32 measure A-B1-A-B2 form which repeats the same melodic figures and motives throughout.
There is a melodic motive that repeats throughout to give the tune its character. A motive is a musical idea, usually a recurring idea which contains a short succession of notes. The motive in Tenderly rises up and then drops by a minor second interval.
The melody of tenderly contains many extended and altered tensions making this a great tune for exploring the upper extended and altered harmony.
We start off with simple voicings and then gradually increase the complexity of the chords we choose to play.