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Easy How to guide. Jazz chords for guitar For people who have learned folk or bluegrass guitar, jazz is usually a completely different field, seeming to have its own unfamiliar rules of play. Actually, it's not hard to get to grips with the chord basis of 'mainstream jazz' - the songs and tunes of the 1920s-1950s, played and sung by artistes like Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and (on guitar) by Django Reinhardt and Eddie Lang; Eddie's real name, by the way, was Salvatore Massaro - like his violinist friend Joe Venuti his family were immigrants from Europe to America. Almost all mainstream jazz is in 4/4 - four strums to the bar. Almost all jazz players include the familiar 12-bar blues in their repertoire - e.g (a 12-bar blues in 'G'): G G G G7 C C G G D7 D7 G G However, the vast bulk of mainstream jazz tunes are one of two kinds of chord sequence: 1.- A 16 or 32 bar pattern is played twice, the main theme being repeated, but the first time through ending in (for a tune in G) D7, and the second time changed a bit to resolve into G; for example - 'Running Wild' (slightly simplified): G G G G7 C C G G B7 B7 Em Em A7 A7 D7 D7 G G G G7 C C B7 B7 C C G E7 A7 D7 G G 2.- An 8 or 16 bar pattern is played, then repeated, then a 'bridge' section (or 'middle-8'), then back to the first pattern. This is sometimes called 'AABA'. For example - 'Ain't Mis-behavin'': G
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