Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsLet’s have a look at what’s probably the most played waltz

Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsin jazz: Frank Churchill’s “Someday My Peince Will Come”. First of all its structure. It’s a 32 bar structure, but it’s not AABA, it’s ABAC where each section is 8 bars long. In fact we met it in the last session with “How Deep Is The Ocean” which was also an ABAC 32 bar structure.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsLet’s play the tune first of all so that we know how it goes. I’ll play it in root position, although I’m mostly interested in playing it in voiced position with a playalong, but just in case you want to play it as an Intro let’s discuss how to do it. It goes like this.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 secondsThe ending, first of all, just playing a B flat triad there, nicely spaced out, with an Amen - so we’re just raising the third to the fourth and a fifth to the sixth. If you want to go further on the scale - or even chromatically.

Skip to 2 minutes and 4 secondsNow the chords. The first chord I’m actually playing the root, the fifth, the sixth in the left hand. I’m playing with the thumb 2 notes there - the ninth and the tenth - then the fifth is the tune. There’s D7 without the fifth in root position there in the left hand. The third is doubled. There is the note B flat which is in the tune and it is the sharpened fifth of D7.

Skip to 2 minutes and 38 secondsThat’s E flat major, but that’s E flat major7, but it’s got an A natural in it. That’s called a sharpened eleventh. We will discuss it in more detail later on,

Skip to 2 minutes and 49 secondsbut if you really want to know at this stage: if you take the scale of E flat and make this an octave higher - 8,9,10,11 - and you sharpen it you get A natural. This is known as the Lydian mode where you sharpen the eleventh, but we’ll look at that later.

Skip to 3 minutes and 14 secondsThis is G7 with a sharpened fifth, then C minor7.

Skip to 3 minutes and 24 secondsAs before, G7 sharp5, C7, F7, D minor7, then D flat diminished and then - however you want to play it, I don’t know. - as before

Skip to 3 minutes and 52 secondsThen the first A is the same as before

Skip to 4 minutes and 2 secondsThen F minor7,

Skip to 4 minutes and 6 secondsE flat7, E flat major7 probably - can’t manage the - (I’ll) play a fifth-tenth and then, we’re on dominant pedalling here so there is the dominant and then.

The jazz standard "Someday My Prince Will Come" in root position

We play the jazz standard “Someday My Prince Will Come” in root position and then investigate its structure.

You can download the chart for “Someday My Prince Will Come” in PDF format at the bottom of this step.

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Learn Jazz Piano: III. Solo Piano and Advanced Topics

Goldsmiths, University of London