Tenderly Jazz Standard

Lesson Overview

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.


Recommended Listening

Bill Evans Trio – Tenderly (played in 3/4 time)

Oscar Peterson – Tenderly

  • Leonardo

    Hi, nice lesson. I would like to learn the version that you are playing a the intro witch has a lot more runs, unfortunately you just played the first few bars. Do you think a more elaborated version of the tune would be possible?

    • PianoGroove

      Hi Leonardo, yes sure thing – I can create an updated version of the tutorial. Check out the lesson on the major modes – that’s where the notes in the runs are coming from so it’s important that you understand which modes correspond to which chords. Cheers, PianoGroove

      • Ty

        Hi, if you create an updated version can you make it an additional lesson and leave “this version” on the site? I think this version is great for beginners to get up and running without having too many complex things to work on before being able to play a tune.


        • Ty

          I.e. Tenderly part 2

          • PianoGroove

            Yes great name – thanks! It has been added to the lesson schedule and will be ready over the coming weeks. All the best, PianoGroove

        • PianoGroove

          Hi Ty, yes that was exactly my thinking – it will be a more challenging arrangement that leads on from this one. We can also look at things like upper structure triads and chord substitutions which we did not cover in this lesson. Cheers, PianoGroove

  • Ty

    Great lesson! Thanks

  • Samuel Maylor

    what is the theory behind changing the Fmin7 bar to Abm9-Db13. why does that work

    thank you

    • Hayden

      Hi Sam, this is just a reharmonisation. Reharmonisation is when you change the chords that are written on the lead sheet. Ab-7 – Db13 is a 25 in the key of Gb Major. This works because Bb is in the melody and Bb is the 9th of Ab-9 and the 13th of Db13. The easiest way to think about rehamonisation is to ask yourself “what voicings do I know that contain that melody note on top” Then just experiment and listen to your ears. Does that make sense? Cheers, Hayden

  • Jack

    Please I want to learn how to play jazz music… How do I start…tnx