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)
The thing I liked the most in this lesson was the frustration you talk about, when trying to improvise following each of the chord changes. You know what?……it´s exactly how I feel every time I try to improvise over a tune. knowing a master like you have gone through the same frustration in the past, makes me feel I´m not alone and someway, I feel I´m in the right direction. The way you approach the chord changes to make it easy is just what I needed. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!