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Autumn Leaves Jazz Piano Lead Sheet In 4 Steps
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Do you want to learn how to play Autumn Leaves lead sheet in the jazz piano style? With these 4 steps, you will learn how to play a jazz piano lead sheet:
The skills you will learn in todays lesson will take your playing to the next level! The ability to combine a melody with a bass line and chords is such a fun and rewarding way to create arrangements of your favorite songs on the spot. Lets get started.
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Putting It All Together
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Pay attention to how our chord pops fit between each phrase of the melody. This is an easy way to play both the melody and chords in a way that sounds together, yet is easy to play!
If this arrangement is a little too tricky, you can always use a 2-feel bass line and Chord Shells to simplify the arrangement.
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Chord Pops Shells And Rootless Voicings For Autumn Leaves Jazz Piano
Chord pops are a great way to add some color and fill in the harmony in the spaces in the melody. There are two essential techniques to adding chords to your arrangement: Chord Shells and Rootless Voicings. Chord Shells are simple 3-note chords, and Rootless Voicings are more colorful 4-note chords.
Autumn Leaves Jazz Piano Lead Sheet Melody
Autumn Leaves is one of the most popular jazz standards of all time, and has been recorded by countless jazz artists. Before we start the lesson, its important to listen to Autumn Leaves so you can get a sense for this melody and chord progression. Some great examples are by Miles Davis, Chet Baker, and Nat King Cole.
The first step to learning any song is to learn the melody. Blow is the melody for Autumn Leaves:
The numbers above refer to the best fingering to use for this melody. If you arent comfortable reading sheet music, you can learn this melody with our Smart Sheet Music. This shows a digital light-up keyboard that plays along with the sheet music so you know which notes to play.
Once you have it down, you can alter the melody to make it more interesting and more swinging! The way its written above can sound a bit flat without any syncopation or rhythmic variation. Check out this melody with a more swinging rhythm:
Now thats more like it! Experiment with different rhythmic approaches to discover fun ways to play melodies. Next, you will learn how to play a bass line with the melody.
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Autumn Leaves Jazz Piano Rootless Voicings
Rootless Voicings expand on Guide Tones by adding two more notes, typically the 5th, 9th, or 13th. These notes give Chord Shells musical color because they utilize extensions . Lets take a look at some more colorful chords:
Here weve added some nice extensions: the 9 and 5 on major and minor chords, and the 9 and 13 for the dominant chords. Try playing these chords individually while you play the root with your left hand. For example, here is how you add extensions to the A minor 7 chord:
There are some weird notes we played for B7, but it still sounds pretty cool right? Those notes are altered notes, and they sound great on dominant chords. For reference, the alterations here are the #5 and #9. To learn your chord extensions and chord alterations in all 12 keys with exercises, checkout our Piano Chord Extensions course and our Piano Chord Alterations course. Next, lets create the arrangement!