Lesson Plan

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Lesson notes

This lesson takes a do-it-yourself approach to creating your own arrangement of It Was A Very Good Year. We start with the original lead sheet as Ervin Drake composed in the key of E Minor and follow with a short lesson on reading standard notation in order to transpose it to a better key for a guitar instrumental. The student is guided through writing out the melody in the key of A Minor (staff/tab paper included), looking at different chord voicings to facilitate incorporating the melody notes, and adding accompaniment techniques to complete the project.

I suggest not looking at or printing the Tab version until you have watched the lesson and made a decision on trying it with the standard notation.