In this video, Scott The Piano Guy Houston and his guest Bradley Sowash show you how to play “Autumn Leaves” on piano. First they focus on playing the jazz standard as a slow ballad then later in the song they show you how to jazz it up quite a bit. Bradley will even show you some identifiable chord changes used in “Autumn Leaves.”
In this video Bradley also does a great job of explaining how the circle of fifths and kicks are utilized in this song.
This song is fun to play because there is a great opportunity to fill up some great musical space with some “noodling” with your right hand. Bradley shows you how to stick to the notes in the scale to noodle around during the break in the melody.
Bradley will explain the need to wear three hats to play this song well—Chord Guy, Fill Guy and Melody Guy.
Scott Houston is the host of The Piano Guy television series on PBS and has taught hundreds of thousands of folks like yourself, how to have some fun on their piano or keyboard. He wants to help you too! Bradley Sowash has been a guest on the show on numerous occasions.
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“Autumn Leaves” Piano Tutorial