Help me brainstorm some "jazz standards" to learn!

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  1. [J.K.]

    [J.K.] Member

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    I just got done learning Bart Howard's "Fly Me To The Moon" and really enjoyed it. I've never really tried conventional "jazz standards" like that before (I know that's a little more modern, but you know what I mean), but its definately something I can see myself getting into.

    Can anyone help brainstorm a few more standards that are good to learn on guitar? Ideally, it would be real nice to have a link to some tabs (or, better yet, power tabs) for the song, considering tying to find them on my own is a time consuming trial-and-error sort of thing.
    Just looking for anything that can be played, solo, on a guitar that sounds smooth and recognizable. I'm gonna be around family soon and the easiest way to get a chance to play around them and not seem isolationist and rude is to have a few songs that people can tap their foot to. I've discovered that jamming out scales and rock riffs while there's a family gathering is considered somewhat uncouth. Besides, it's a great chance to learn new chord shapes, get a little jazzy, and keep the fingers warm.

    What'cha got, TGP?
     
  2. derekd

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    Here are some of the standards on my solo set list.
    Satin Doll
    Autumn Leaves
    Blue Bossa
    Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    Alone Together
    Stella By Starlight
    Misty
    Girl From Ipanema
    Corcovado
    Georgia
    How High the Moon
    Have You Met Miss Jones
    Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    When You Wish Upon a Star
    Flintstone's Theme
    My Favorite Things
     
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    That's a really good list. I recognize most of those songs. I've managed to find a couple of good tabs as well, but most of the tabs I've found for these lack swing, so to speak. They're all pretty coarse translations.
     
  5. Bluedawg

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    Take 5
    All of Me
    Laura
    500 Miles High
    Night and Day
    Stella By Starlight
    Night In Tunisia
    All Blues
    Confirmation
    Ornithology
    Mercy Mercy Mercy
    Begin The Beguine
    Au Privave
    Solar
    So What
    Song for My Father
    Prelude To A Kiss


    and lots more

    Then memorize them in all keys (wish I could practice what I preach on this one ;))

    But that's a start

    Be done with it and get a copy of Hal Leonard's legal version of "The Real Book" ASAP. Do a google of that title and you may be able to find a .pdf version online.

    :banana
     
  6. [J.K.]

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    I've seen "The Real Book" before but I've never really cracked it open because I never really learned how to read sheet music with guitar. I can do it with Sax or Piano, but not really guitar.
    I hate to ask, but is there a tabs version, or am I gonna have to buckle down on this one?
     
  7. ugacrow

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    I love a good jazz arrangement of "Some Day My Prince Will Come."
     
  8. GovernorSilver

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    Dunno about you, but I'm planning to pick up Aebersold's Vol. 54:

    http://aebersold.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=V54DS

    The tunes it includes:

    [SIZE=-1]Summertime
    Bb Shuffle Blues
    Impressions
    Maiden Voyage
    Watermelon Man
    Doxy
    Autumn Leaves
    Solar Flair
    Song For My Father
    Cantaloupe Island
    Satin Doll
    Blues In F
    Footprints
    III/VI7/ii/V7 Progression
    [/SIZE]

    The main reason this book/CD looks good to me is there are also companion books available that have the bass lines for the above tunes, guitar comping parts, and if you're brave enough to adapt them to guitar - piano comping parts.

    There are also trumpet and trombone solos for the above tunes.

    I find that practicing bass lines and chords really speed up the learning process for tunes.
     
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    Rhythm changes: Oleo, The Flintstones...etc
    Minor blues, eg. Mr PC
    Donna Lee
    Ornithology
    Joy Spring
    My Romance (try fitting a part of Donna Lee in here)
     
  10. Shiny McShine

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    All of Me (the Ellington version rules)
    Blackbird by Miles is a great take and vibe on an old tune.
    Gentle Rain - Bonfa
     
  11. Bluedawg

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    Woops

    I missed the part where you mentioned playing solo. :huh

    But I'd love to hear it if you can work up a solo arrangement of Confirmation or Ornithology. :bow

    Some of my fave solo pieces that I've been toying with:

    Laura
    Stormy Weather
    Out Of Nowhere
    Night and Day

    Still working on:

    All of Me
    Stella By Starlight
    500 Miles High

    I wish I had more time to work on this stuff. Maybe if I didn't spend so much time on the internet.

    You can find tab if you look hard enough, but most people who dabble in this stuff read. The objective of most books is to introduce you to chord melody and then set you free with your own playing and arrangements.

    If you can read music for sax and piano it won't take you anytime at all to learn to read on guitar.

    You don't have to read much, just enough to learn a few catchy melodies.

    The hard/fun part is working with the chords and their voicings.

    And check out some Joe Pass solos albums while your at it.

    Good Luck

    :boxer
     
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    Thanks for the advice.
    I'm not too worried about learning standard notation, but I just don't really know "where to start," y'know?
    Besides, I see chords on the page and I still have to stop and think them out slowly. And chord voicing on guitar? Nightmare city. But I guess the sooner I quit bitching the sooner I'll have it down.

    Thanks again, Bluedawg and everyone.
     
  13. jads57

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    The real key to learning songs is knowing the melody, and the form ( 32 bar, 36 bar, AABA, ABA,etc) From there you need a basic understanding of harmony and how to substitute chords( ex. C dim7 for a B 7dominant, or Tritone substitution C 7 altered subs for G flat 7#11(or flat 5) Then you just need to do it over and over and over,etc.
     

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