There Will Never Be Another You – Harmonic Analysis
In the last lesson we explored the most common forms that you will come across. We’re now going to pick 1 tune “There Will Never Be Another You” and we’ll analyse the harmony to help memorise & internalise the changes
There are 3 good reasons why you should memorise jazz standards:
Firstly, if you are reading a lead sheet, or looking at a chart, then you will be losing focus and energy that should be directed at your playing.
Next, when playing in a band, you should be communicating and interacting with the other musicians. If you are concentrating on a score, then you may be missing out on much of what is going on in the band.
Finally, internalising the chord changes will help you get the most out of your transcribed lines and solos.
Assess The Form
Looking at iRealPro chart for "There Will Never Be Another You", we can see that it follows an A-B-A-C form. That means that the A Section is repeated twice, and those 8 bars make up 50% of the tune. The first 3 bars of the C Section are identical to the B Section, and then we have an alternate ending to finish the tune.
After analysing the form, we now know which sections are repeated. The next step is to group chords together to shorten the amount of information you need to remember.
Simplifying The Information
By grouping related chords together, we can simplify the 8 bar A section down to 4 pieces of information. Remember that the A Section appears twice in the form that’s half the tune. The numeric labels such as “25 of 6” and “25 of 4” will give you a deeper understanding of the harmony and help you transpose the tune.
Let’s repeat this for the rest of the form.
Always relate the harmonic movement back to the key of the tune.
You will then have the 'blueprint' to transpose the tune into any key.
If you are working with a vocalist, it’s highly likely that you will be required to change the key, and so this numeric formula or ‘blueprint’ is invaluable to work out the new chords.
- Check out Lyndol's course on "How To Accompanying singers" for more information on transposing tunes for vocalists.