What Is This Thing Called Love Tutorial
In this lesson we’re going to create a solo piano arrangement of the jazz standard "What Is This Thing Called Love", written by Cole Porter for the musical Wake Up And Dream. It was first performed by Elsie Carlisle in 1929 and has been recorded numerous times since then.
Good versions to check out are Anita O’Day with Billy May Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Canonball Adderley, Bill Evans Trio, Dexter Gordon and Wynton Marsalis. Also worth checking out are different contrafacts over the song.
Well known versions are Hot House by Todd Dameron, Subconscious Lee by Lee Konitz and Fifth House by John Coltrane. When learning a new song, I highly recommend that you listen to as many vocal versions as you can. It’s nice way to sing and learn the melody and you will also become familiar with the lyrics.
Walking Bassline Accompaniment
At the end of this video there is one chorus of a walking bass line accompaniment that you can use to practice improvising or to practice playing the melody.