A Guide To Assistance You Play Better Jazz Piano

by Ron Drotos

History and overview:“If You Never Come To Me” is a beautiful bossa nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim, although it’s not almost as widely-played as his even more renowned songs prefer “The Girl Fom Ipanema,” “Wave,” or “Corcovado.” If you’re brand-new to jazz or the bossa nova style, learn those songs initially, if only because everybody plays them and you’ll have the ability to take part when they’re referred to as at jam sessions or on gigs. Then, once you’re all set to expand your bossa nova arsenal, come back to “If You Never before Come To Me.” You have the right to learn it and lug it to jam sessions to share via your musical friends. It’s an excellent song and the melody moves in intriguing ways.

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Here are some recommfinished recordings/videos:(for global readers who may not have actually accessibility to these YouTube links, I’ve indicated the original album names wherever feasible so you deserve to listen to them on music streaming solutions, and so on.)

Nancy King & Fred Hersch: Live At Jazz Standard

Frank Sinatra and also Antonio Carlos Jobim

Musical ideas and also jazz piano practice tips:A quickly as you play the initially three measures of “If You Never Come To Me,” you’ll understand that you’re in unfamiliar region. The melody is chromatic and also the chords don’t seem to be following any type of sensible harmony like Jobim’s tunes commonly execute. (Look at “The Girl From Ipanema” and “Wave” to check out what I expect.)

But Jobim was a composer who can’t be put “in a box,” as we tend to perform once reasoning around a extremely particular style favor Bossa Nova. In truth, though, if you listen to a lot of Brazilian recordings of Bossa Nova you’ll hear a much bigger stylistic array than we jazz musicians tfinish to usage while playing bossas ourselves.

Jobim and also the other creators of the style occasionally played them exceptionally rhythmically, but went smooth and lyrical at other times. And some of his recordings actually sound “pop” to our ears. (And they were! Remember, these were big ‘hits’ at the time.) Jobim plainly didn’t want all his songs to sound the exact same and also used many different compositional methods to accomplish this selection.

Here, he’s actually “dressing up” a chord development that as soon as regarded over the longer 16-bar area is actually very typical. But along the way he’s being fairly experimental.

Let’s look at the initially 4 measures, for instance. When we’re playing the tune and also moving from the C chord to the B and then the Bb (all Major 7ths), we lose the in its entirety sense of crucial a small. Especially via the ascending chromatic line in the melody. But when we place this phrase in it’s bigger context, we notice the “sleight of hand” that Jobim supplied.

Jobim’s all at once goal below is to start on the I chord and also eventually arrive at the Vi& chord, 4 steps later on. All of sudden, this chord progression looks very traditional, right? This chordal movement can have been created in the 1920s! And taking it a step additionally (no pun intended!), relocating dvery own by chromatic half steps would be a very standard method of obtaining there. Play if for yourself: CMaj7/B7/Bb7/A7. Usual Gershwin or Harold Arlen. But Jobim doesn’t precisely do this, does he? Instead, he supplies Major 7th chords, which obscure the tonality a bit. And he adds to it even even more by moving the melody approximately G# (the 6th of BMaj7) and also following it via A, which is the Major 7th of the BbMaj7 chord. To optimal it off, he even throws a 5b (or #11) into the BbMajor7th chord. Wow!

The outcome, of course, is an absolutely stunning opening phrase. It sort of “floats” over the stable bossa beat and conveys a feeling of relaxation and also emotional bliss. A true understand stroke by a brilliant composer!

Enjoy the journey, and “let the music flow!”

Further web links and also resources:Tom Jobim’s Story Of Bossa NovaAn amazing video which contains interviews and performances via Jobim

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