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How High the Moon

A jazz standard with lyrics by Nancy Hamilton and music by Morgan Lewis.

PUBLISHED: May 19, 2013 • UPDATED: Feb 9, 2016 • VIEWS: 35 • LESSON CODE: UL555

Instruments: ukulele leadsheet playalong ANY Subjects: jazzrepertoire

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How High the Moon is a jazz standard with lyrics by Nancy Hamilton and music by Morgan Lewis. It was first featured in the 1940 Broadway revue Two for the Show, where it was sung by Alfred Drake and Frances Comstock.

In "Two for the Show", this was a rare serious moment in an otherwise humorous revue. The song was sung, in a slow fox trot tempo, by a group of evening-dressed people walking along a London street. At the end, they all looked at the sky, and cowered, obviously terrified: quick curtain. It was 1940, and the time of the London blitz: a clear night meant "bomber's moon".

Notable Recordings

The earliest recorded hit version was by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra. It was recorded February 7, 1940 and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 35391, with the flip side "Fable of the Rose". The Les Paul Trio recorded a version released as V-Disc 540B with a spoken introduction which was issued in November, 1945 by the U.S. War Department. In 1948, bandleader Stan Kenton enjoyed some success with his version of the tune. The recording, with a vocal by June Christy, was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 911 (with the flip side "Willow, Weep for Me") and 15117(with the flip side "Interlude"). It reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on July 9, 1948, its only week on the chart, at #27.

Roadmap

The song uses a descending chord progression in which the tonic of the moment turns minor to become the II of the chord a whole step below it.


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How Insensitive - Play-along Track Leadsheet
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How High the Moon - Premium Play-along Track, Key of G
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Play-along track for jazz standard How High the Moon in the key of G.


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How High the Moon - Play-along with Guitar
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Play-along tracks with the guitar taking the melody and solos.

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

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.

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

Additional Song Files, Resources and Assets

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Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G
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Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G.


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Open Position Flash Cards for Ukulele C Tuning
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Standard music notation flash chards for learning the notes in open position for C tuning.

Movable 7th Chords for Ukulele Chord Chart - C Tuning
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A handy dandy single sheet chart showing the each voicing of the four, seventh chords Big Six seventh chord voicings.


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Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs
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Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think.

Basic Ukulele Chords Charts
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Jazz Standard Chord Progressions
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These are the chord progressions, extracted from my book Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele for use with on-line and private students.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm by Chuck Anderson
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Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction to rhythm.

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