Volume 4 of our Jazz Standards series includes lessons by Max Rich covering a few different styles and genres. Most are presented as two guitar parts, going over the progressions as well as the melodies with direction on soloing and improvising. Pure Imagination, from Willy Wonka is arranged as a guitar solo.
Lesson 1: All Of Me - Jazz Standard Guitar Lesson
One of the most recognizable melodies in the jazz world, All of Me is a great standard to learn for anybody who’s looking to get into jazz guitar.
With a fairly simplistic melody and slightly more complex chords than you may be used to playing, this lesson will take you through both parts, so by the end you can comfortably play this classic song in its entirety.
Lesson 2: How High the Moon - Jazz Guitar Lesson
A classic jazz standard, How High The Moon is a song that most Ella Fitzgerald fans will know and love. It utilizes an almost constant series of ii-V-I progressions, making it a great tool for practicing melodies, licks and other musical tools in a jazz context.
Throw in the melody of the song and you’ll be improvising and jamming on this song in no time!
Lesson 3: Pure Imagination - Jazz Standard Guitar Lesson
One of the most famous songs of any movie soundtrack, composed by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Pure Imagination is a perfect opportunity for any guitarist to experience the beauty of arranging a piece for solo guitar.
This lesson will expose you to how a melody can be accompanied by harmony and bass lines all while remaining relatively simple to play. Whether you’re a blues-rock player, acoustic musician, or a classical guitarist, this song will not only be fun to play but it will massively expand your ability to understand and perhaps even create your own solo arrangements.
Lesson 4: Mercy Mercy Mercy - Jazz Standard Guitar Lesson
This Joe Zawinul song was written for jazz legend Cannonball Adderly and is a staple of the standard jazz world.
Built on a blues theme, it is an excellent way for novice jazz players to get introduced to playing over changes as well as a great practice tool for improvising.
Lesson 5: Red Clay - Freddie Hubbard - Jazz Guitar Lesson
This Freddie Hubbard song is an unusual one as far as jazz standards go. Using suspended chords almost exclusively, this tune provides an awesome opportunity for the late-intermediate/ advanced player to gather some chops that use a totally different harmonic structure than what we’re used to.
In this lesson you’ll get a detailed breakdown of the chords and rhythms used, as well as the melody and how best to think about playing through these changes.