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A Child is Born

A jazz ballad. It was written in 1969 by the jazz trumpeter Thad Jones and Alec Wilder and has since become a jazz standard.

PUBLISHED: Oct 7, 2011 • UPDATED: Feb 21, 2016 • VIEWS: 114 • LESSON CODE: UL400

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: jazzstandardballad

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A Child is Born

A Child Is Born is a jazz ballad. It was written in 1969 by the jazz trumpeter Thad Jones and Alec Wilder and has since become a jazz standard. The piece has been recorded by a number of musicians including Tony Bennett, Stanley Turrentine and Bill Evans[1] (also released on Christmas with Sinatra & Friends), Richard Davis, Kenny Burrell, and Hank Jones.

A Child is Born - An arrangement of this standard for ukulele in "C" tuning G C E A, with a low "G". suitable for performance on standard high "G" C tuning.

Form

"A Child Is Born" is 32 bars long, and when soloing over it, jazz musicians "usually omit the last two bars", leaving a "30-bar solo form". The original was recorded in B-flat major. It features a slow, lengthy introduction on the piano, lasting over a minute. Bob Yurochko in his book A Short History of Jazz refers to it as a "beautiful ballad" of mainstream jazz.

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A Child is Born - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Ukulele arrangement for C tuning with a low G.

Song Road Map

Tips and tricks for remembering a song.

Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.

This section of a song's page presents some tips on how I try and remember a particular song.

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Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation • Updated: Jan 23, 2020

The Big Six Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your core, essential 4-part chords. These chords commonly called jazz chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles. These chords include: Seventh , Major Seventh, Minor Seventh, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five, Diminished Seventh, and Augmented Seventh. These six chords form a core set of chords.

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A Child Is Born, Solo Ukulele Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

A Child is Born - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Ukulele arrangement for C tuning with a low G.

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Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele
Updated: Nov 24, 2009

Exploring jazz chords using a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire. Core Chords are the basic set of chords needed to play a wide range of music, in a variety of styles. This set of chords includes basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and the core 4-part "jazz" chords.

A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I
Updated: Feb 13, 2020

Beyond learning basic Ukulele chords most players struggle with advanced chords. Commonly called <q>jazz</q>chords, these more sophisticated voicings find a wide use in all forms of music. A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele - presents a highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious subject of advanced chords. Chord dictionaries are not the answer.

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A Foggy Day Updated: Oct 1, 2011

A Foggy Day is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, introduced by Fred Astaire in the 1937 film A Damsel in Distress. It was originally titled "A Foggy Day (In London Town)", and is often still referred to as such.

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Core Ukulele Chords - The Big Six Updated: Jan 1, 2003

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.

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