So What

TUESDAY, October 1, 2019

Popular for 60 years…

This is a modal jazz composition first recorded in 1959, one of the most famous and popular pieces ever written. After a complicated intro, he settles into D Dorian, stays there for around 16 measures, modulates up 1/2 step to Eb Dorian, then comes back down again. That’s not the whole story, but it’s the most important part.

The main idea…



And if you do not understand the theory, just listen to the music.

I wrote out the score just a bit…

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One thought on “So What

  1. I downloaded the music and noticed that it has an unusual chord structure. After a bit of research I learned that there actually is a So What chord. It has 5 notes, played with 2 hands, and is made up of 3 stacked perfect 4ths and a major 3rd on top.

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