How to reharmonises a jazz standard

Lesson 19 of Learn Jazz Piano online is called ‘how to reharmonise a jazz standard’.

In lesson 18, I dissected Jerome Kern’s All The Things You Are, analysing its structure and breaking it down into key centres. I also stuck to Kern’s original harmony. But in this upcoming lesson we’ll be taking things further by replacing the simple chords with a sequence more appropriate to jazz. I will be showing you how to reharmonise a jazz standard.
I’ll demonstrate some simple techniques that you can apply to any jazz standard. In fact, in lesson 19 I’ll be giving the same treatment to Billy Strayhorn’s Take The A Train.

The creation of a new, sophisticated chord structure will allow your solos to take on a far more creative journey.

Here are some jazz reharmonisations in the A section of Take The A Train

reharmonising a standard

Take The A Train with substitute chords

As always, the 30-minute video comes with 4 downloadable backing tracks, sheet music and a quiz. ‘Reharmonising a ¬†jazz standard’ contains all you need to know about replacing chords with more interesting alternatives.

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