Learn how to play Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma on the piano! Follow along with your teacher Devon in the best tutorial online.
Did you know that Autumn Leaves was originally a French chanson called Les Feuilles Mortes? Yep! That literally translates to The Dead Leaves. I think Johnny Mercer was right in changing it around and calling it Autumn Leaves when he penned the English lyrics in 1947.
This song has quite the legacy in the jazz world. It’s one of the first tunes that a student of jazz ever learns to play, and is thus probably one of the top calls at jazz jam sessions around the world. For these same reasons, it is often avoided like the plague in the professional jazz world because every one has played it more times than they could ever count.
In any case, this tune is full of wonderfully simple melodies and rich harmonic material. It’s one of our first jazz leadsheet lessons where we focus on teaching jazz concepts over teaching one particular arrangement. If you’re interested in learning the basic left hand seventh chord shapes, how to play a basic solo or walk a bass line, then this is the lesson for you. Feel free to reach out with any feedback on how we can improve your jazz experience at HDpiano.