Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire Tutorial
In this lesson we will be creating a jazzy version of Mel Torme’s ‘The Christmas Song’. The tune is also known as ‘Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire’ and this sentence is the first line of the lyrics.
You will find versions of this song in a number of different keys and we are going to be playing it in the key of C Major.
Upper Structure Triads, Suspended Harmony, & Passing Chords
We’ll be applying a number of jazz concepts to the tune including upper structure triads, suspended harmony, passing chords and also some examples of diminished harmony.
A Great Tune For Rehamonisation
This is one of the most popular Christmas tunes amongst jazz musicians because the chord changes are great for reharmonisation.
Reharmonisation which is where we replace or enhance the original chords with jazzier sounding chords that often contain extensions and alterations.
“The Christmas Song” Chord Changes File Type: pdf
The tune follows an AABA form so 75% of the tune follows the same chord changes and progressions.
Understanding this will help you learn and memorise the tune.
For the different repeating A Sections, you can experiment by playing the melody in different registers of the piano for variety.
In this arrangement, we incorporate some interesting Sus chords and suspended harmony. Check out the related lessons above for more information.
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Great lesson and arrengement. it sounds great and it is cool to play