Lullaby of Birdland

By George Shearing and lyrics by George David Weiss under the pseudonym "B. Y. Forster"

PUBLISHED: Jul 16, 2018 • UPDATED: Dec 7, 2018 • LESSON CODE: UL559 • VISITS: 8

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Lullaby of Birdland is a 1952 popular song with music by George Shearing and lyrics by George David Weiss under the pseudonym "B. Y. Forster" in order to circumvent the rule that ASCAP and BMI composers could not collaborate. The song has become a jazz standard.

The title refers to Charlie "Bird" Parker and the Birdland jazz club named after him.

"Lullaby of Birdland" is in thirty-two bar form, and its original key was F minor (or A♭ major). The song spends an equal amount of time in both minor and major modes. It follows a I – vi – ii7 – V7 harmonic progression, and it has a I – viø7 – iiø7 – V7 minor variation.

Shearing stated in his autobiography that he had composed "the whole thing [...] within ten minutes."

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Lullabye of Birdland - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement
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A solo, melody and chord arrangement for a Low G, C Tuned ukulele.


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Creating Introductions and Turnarounds for `Ukulele • Updated: Nov 24, 2017

Introductions are a composed or improvised pieces of music that introduce - sets the stage for - a song or composition. Introductions, or intro for short, are used in all types of music. In this lesson, the focus is on introductions in contemporary pop, rock, blues, country, folk and jazz styles.

Intros can be various lengths but are typically four measures long and mainly harmonic in nature, using chords only. Single notes and intervals can be added for melodic color.

Melody and Chord Tips • Updated: Mar 1, 2019

Getting Started Creating Melody and Chord Arrangements - Guidelines for creating melody and chord arrangements on ukulele.

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