I thought it would be nice to play you a chord melody arrangement of After You’ve Gone, a beautiful jazz standard that works really well for solo guitar.
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Here’s a little something I’ve been working on lately – check it out on Youtube here:
It’s a solo jazz guitar arrangement of Stella By Starlight.
Part of the challenge with this tune on solo guitar is the frequent, long melody notes. You need to work quite a bit to ensure that you can maintain interest in a guitar-only version during those long notes.
It’s easy though – if you know the tricks.
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My latest jazz standard lesson series will teach you exactly how to build an arrangement just like what you saw on the above Youtube video, as well as a detailed roadmap over how to improvise over Stella By Starlight – a tune that you’ll inevitably have to face at one point if you want to call yourself a “jazz player”.
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This is something I’ve been working on lately in the FretDojo Academy Club, my monthly online jazz standard learning group.
I’ve been looking in detail at the soloing approaches of Grant Green, the “hidden master” of guitar single line bebop soloing.
We’ve had a ball studying Green’s approaches, and the above video is an example of what my students are learning to do when it comes to single line improvisation over the blues form.
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I thought it would be cool today to show you something I’ve been working on lately:
Here’s a rendition of Beautiful Love, one of my favorite tunes to play.
I’ve tried to go out of my comfort zone on this video and incorporated more modern intervallic approaches to soloing, using parallel 5ths and 2nds moving horizontally across the fretboard.
The best part?
I’ve put together a new lesson series for you which shows you how to do everything I demonstrate on the video and more – the chord melody, soloing approaches, comping, how to understand the harmonic progression, and everything else you need to jam with this tune.
To get instant access, all you need to do is to join up now to the FretDojo Academy Club online jazz guitar learning group.
Here’s a little video I recorded recently of a chord melody version of All The Things You Are. Check it out (it only goes for a minute or two):
Now that you’ve watched it, let me ask you a question.
Does this arrangement look complicated?
Hehe…I knew you were going to say that.
But – What if I was to tell you that…
This was actually quite easy to play?
Well – it is easy to play. (I’m not just saying that).
In fact, even newbie jazz guitar students I’ve taught have been able to quickly put together a version of All The Things You Are like this without much hassle.
Well, my apprentice, through using some special chord voicings that you only need two fingers to play. This frees up your hand from those big chunky chord voicings that ‘strap’ your hand down with no room to move.
In fact, some of these voicings have only two notes (the 3rd and 7th), yet fill out the harmony nicely.
Chord melody can be very simple. In fact, the simplest approaches are often the BEST approaches.
Now, listen up:
What if I was to tell you that you can learn this exact arrangement of All The Things You Are on the above video, with handy diagrams, charts and a complete end to end video walkthrough showing you every secret I used?
In the first public month of my (until recently top-secret) FretDojo Academy Club, you get exactly this – instructions on how to build this arrangement of All The Things You Are, step-by-step.
That’s along with the other lessons on this tune such as playing the melody, comping, analysis, single line soloing approaches – you basically get the whole kaboodle.
(But that’s not even mentioning the two tunes from previous months since the Club started you also get access to. Or the special lesson series on walking bass for jazz guitar…but that’s another story).
And if you buy before Saturday at midnight, you can have this month of the Club for 69% off (originally it was going to be 50% off, but I like to reward early action-takers!)
Here’s where you get it for this whopping discount plus a special “mystery bonus jazz guitar book” thrown in for good measure: