Six tunes for beginning Jazz Students
Memorize these tunes as your first priority using the method below. This method is based on the wise words of Louis Armstrong and experience of Lenny Tristano. I credit the singing of the chord roots to my week of study with Aaron Goldberg of Yes Trio. What a great insight Aaron presented.
Autumn Leaves https://youtu.be/tguu4m38U78 Key of Gm
Take the A train https://youtu.be/D6mFGy4g_n8 Key of C
Blue Monk https://youtu.be/_40V2lcxM7k Key of Bb
Satin Doll https://youtu.be/Gj42JotNUko Key of C
Blue Bossa https://youtu.be/U7eOs5lERww Key of C minor
C jam Blues https://youtu.be/16UIKglJ56w Key of C
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You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
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