In this lesson I teach you how I approach the tune “Round Midnight” by Thelonious Monk. This is one of those famous standard tunes that is a must for every jazz musician to know. I have 71 versions of it on my computer as I write this. The great jazz players that have played this tune are Thelonious Monk,Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins…………..I could go on and on. It’s a must to know trust me. Besides all that, it’s also a great tune! The melody is easily recognizable and the chord changes are incredible to play over.
In this lesson, I take you through each chord of this popular standard and talk about how I approach improvising over them. I give you some tips on things I’ve learned over the years and also some roadblocks that I encountered early on with this tune. I demonstrate the melody and solo using my tenor sax to a background track so you can here exactly what I am describing as I teach. (Audio & Video) (35 minutes)