I want to learn the straight melody of Coquette by ear, but I'm having a hard time finding anyone that does it straight. Can someone recommend a good recording for this? In general are there artists that you guys use for learning the melody straight? I'd also like to do the same for I'll See You in My Dreams and other songs.
I don't know whether I'll ever be an excellent player if I keep practicing, but I'm absolutely sure I won't be if I stop.
For something that is originally a vocal track, such as I'll see you In My Dreams, use a vocal track.
I'm guessing that Django or Grapelli may possibly have heard this record and wanted to play the tune because of Venuti-Lang?
It was also a hit by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (Guy's brother Carmen is listed as one of the song's composers...?) so that also could've been the version that Django heard.
For those who are wondering about the word---back in the twenties, if a girl was a "coquette", she was a cute little flirt, but still respectable, not a slut or anything seriously negative.
PS Paul McCartney also recorded this song on his recent jazz album, but I haven't heard his version yet... I believe John Pizzarelli is playing guitar on it though?
Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."
Georges Braque: "In art there is only one thing that counts: the bit that can’t be explained."
Louis Armstrong does a few versions, but sings the melody and his low register makes it hard to internalize the melody.
Thanks Lango-Django! The version from Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians should work well. I found it on Spotify (not sure if other people use that here: http://open.spotify.com/track/6VJf2ztJ6mD20HfcNmpr0i). This should be perfect to learn the melody. I also feel like sometimes translating the melody from another instrument to guitar does more for ear training than from guitar to guitar, so this version will be great.
A really excellent GJ version is that of Adrien Moignard and Adrian Holovaty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKyEK_WYAOQ
But Nat King Cole does it much more straight.