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Using the jazz standard Autumn Leaves to explore jazz chords on ukulele.
A lot of the songs from the Great American Songbook have found their way into the jazz musician's and ukulele players repertoire and are a great source of more advanced chords and progressions.
This lesson presents one way to play through the this classic standard using more advanced 4-part chords, commonly called jazz chords.
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Exploring Jazz ``Ukulele
Wikipedia defines Jazz as a musical art form which originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions. The style's West African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation, and the swung note.
Autumn Leaves - Chord Lead Sheet for Ukulele
Ukulele chord chart for C tuning.
Autumn Leaves - Handwritten Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement
Original handwritten melody and chord solo ukulele arrangement.
Autumn Leaves - Midnight at the Jazz Cafe Recording
My 2002 jazz guitar trio recording.
Autumn Leaves - Premium PLay-along Track
This the version of the song that is in the book Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele.
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Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution
Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution.
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning
Finally, learn the names of the notes of the fingerboard. Learning the notes of your instrument allows you the flexibility of not having to remember so many shapes. There are simply way too many chords, scale and notes patterns, and shapes to remember. It all comes down the notes.
Core Chords for Ukulele, The Big Six - From four F7 chord voicings or shapes, your can build your massive 4-part, a.k.a., “jazz” chord vocabulary. Beyond basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and a core set of 4-part chords. There are just too many chords shapes too memorize. Learning the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard are the way to go. Then you can create more advanced chords like 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.
The types of chords possible on ukulele include open position chords, movable form chords, 4-part chords, a.k.a. jazz chords and free from chords.
Autumn Leaves is a much-recorded popular song. Originally it was a 1945 French song "Les Feuilles mortes" (literally "The Dead Leaves") with music by Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prevert. Yves Montand (with Irene Joachim) introduced "Les feuilles mortes" in 1946 in the film Les Portes de la Nuit. The American songwriter Johnny Mercer wrote English lyrics in 1947 and Jo Stafford was among the first to perform this version. Autumn Leaves became a pop standard and a jazz standard in both languages and both as an instrumental and with a singer.
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