Happy New Year, everyone! I've actually had a few requests for the new Tune of the Month, and in the end decided to go with Donna Lee...partly because I barely know the tune myself, and every time I hear it I tell myself I'm going to learn it. I'm also hoping it'll be interesting for a lot of us to look at a bop era tune, to see how Gypsy Jazz guitarists might approach it differently from a more straightahead player.
The changes are based on Indiana
, but the key is changed. Look here
to see some changes for Indiana.
A rhythm track of the above chart can be found here.
Some possible changes in the above chart could include:
Bar 11: Using a Cm7 creates a nice descending line, which you could extend further by using a B7 in Bar 12 as a sub for the F7.
Bar 28: Using the same chord with a B bass note leads nicely to...
Bar 29: A half bar each of Cm7 and F9 creates a nice cluster of ii-V motion when you follow it with the usual bar 30.
Sylvain Fantino and Adrien Moignard tear into the tune below, launching into the melody at about the 55 second mark.
The melody is a workout (I've attached a pdf below for download) and I'd be interested to hear about how people decide to finger it...
More to come,