Live guitar chord melody lessons

Live Lesson: Creating A Jazz Chord Melody Arrangement

In this lesson, Ged Brockie will discuss and demonstrate how to arrange a jazz standard for solo guitar.

Ged also plays an improvised version of “Have You Met Miss Jones” at the end of this lesson which demonstrates many of the ideas and concepts discussed in the first part of the lesson.

Lesson Length = 34m11s

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Video Contents

  • GMI Pre Lesson Roll.
  • Introduction to the lesson.
  • Play through of “Night and Day” To contrast with “The Night We Called It A Day”.
  • Form discussion and play through of song.
  • Ideas around basic chords.
  • Adding suspensions and flexibility.
  • The arrangement so far.
  • Discussion on what has just been played.
  • Inner moving lines and alternate chord colors.
  • Creating movement in the bass line.
  • The arrangement so far.
  • Section “B” restating the melody.
  • Harmonic ideas over section B.
  • Making use of polytonality and altered chords.
  • Complete run through of arrangement.
  • Final comments.
  • Live performance – “Have You Met Miss Jones”.

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