Easy standard jazz song analyzed

10 Nov

    In this video I will show you how jazz standards are actually much easier that most people think. I bring as an example the famous standard 'Autumn leaves'. You'll notice right away that this is mostly made up by two 2-5-1 progressions one in major, the other one in minor. I have already show you previously how to approach those two progressions and what to use to solo over them. So now all you should do is learn the chords and record a backing track for yourself to solo over.

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Gianni Chiarello has gained a reputation as an extremely versatile musician, having professional credits as a guitarist, bassist, arranger and producer. His music is a preconception-free mix of Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B and contemporary elements, influenced by . Born in Italy, in his forming years he performed with some of his country's finest musicians working towards developing different styles, from rock to pop, funk and jazz. In 1999 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, on a scholarship program, where he graduated with a Degree "Magna cum laude" in Professional Music, studying under the direction of Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Brett Willmott and Dave Samuels, also playing in the Boston area and along the States' east coast as a freelance musician. Alongside studio work, he has been performing with, and leading as Musical Director, numerous bands and orchestras, comping for celebrities from the sixties like The Platters, The Coasters, Bobby Arvon, The Diamonds, Vegas – Broadway entertainers like Tony Tillman, Kenny James, Hal Fraiser, Lorna Luft, Ben Vereen, Susan Anton and Roy Walker. Furthermore his work entailed musical theatre style production reviews, encompassing shows such as “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “We Will Rock You”, “Starlight Express”, “Grease” and “Rent”. After relocating to the UK in 2005, has performed, amongst others with Robbie McIntosh (John Mayer, Paul Mccartney) Jeremy Stacey (Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow), Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck), Iain Ballamy and many others. His latest instructional eBooks can now be purchased online: “Contemporary solo guitar” (2008) and “Contemporary blues soloing” (2009) “Contemporary Blues Chords and Comping” (2011)

3 thoughts on “Easy standard jazz song analyzed

  1. hello, the previous comment presented some mistakes…I am gonna post this new one then!! Sorry

    sorry about disturbing you. I find your videos and lessons very interesting and you are a great guitarist.
    about this passage : F#-7/5-, B7, E-,
    you mentioned the triton substitution. I guess I am not very smart because I am still confused. I know that I can substitute Cmaj with Gb7 or G-7 for example and this applays very well to soloing too…but I can’t understand what you mean when you say that this progression “F#-7/5- B7 E- “is a 2-5-1. I can’t understand very well: E- is the 6th or G for example and i can substitute the G chord using E- it’s fine ..F#-7/5- is the 7th of G but for me B7 is still a problem: it would be the 5th of Emaj but I can’t understand how it can be in this progression. I am a little bit numb and cannot see the triton substitution.

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