How to Play Jazz Standards

Nov 17, 2020

Introducing our new series, How to Play Jazz Standards.

In this series you’ll learn how to play five must-know standards, Autumn LeavesBlue BossaFly Me To The MoonBody and Soul, and All the Things you Are.

Each jazz standard includes beginner, intermediate and advanced arrangements and tutorials with full transcriptions.

Our amazing arrangements are taught by Félix Lemerle. Félix is an elite jazz guitarist & composer based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Paris, France, he moved to NYC as a Fulbright Scholar and currently studies jazz at Juilliard. As a highly-sought-after guitarist, Félix’s 6-string skills have taken him around the world to share the stage with luminary jazz musicians at iconic venues & festivals.

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves is one of the most popular jazz standards of all time. It’s also a must-know tune for any beginner musician.

Blue Bossa

Blue Bossa is a popular instrumental jazz standard by Kenny Dorham – a criminally underrated American trumpeter, singer, and composer.

All The Things You Are

All the Things You Are is a popular jazz standard by Jerome Kern – a prolific American musical theater, film, and popular music composer with over 700 songs to his name. Oscar Hammerstein II penned the song’s lyrics for the 1939 Broadway play Very Warm for May.

Fly Me To The Moon

Fly Me to the Moon was originally written under the title In Other Words in 1954 by Bart Howard – a jazz and popular music composer who created the song after a music publisher requested he writes something simple for cabaret singers. The result was Fly Me to the Moon, a cabaret ballad in 3/4.

Body And Soul

Body & Soul is one of the most-recorded jazz standards in the Great American Songbook.

Once you've thoroughly mastered an arrangement, it's time to put your own spin on it! The great thing about jazz standards is that they serve as a common template for musicians to show off their unique voices.

We'd love to hear what you come up with! Post your covers of our arrangements or unique takes on the songs to Instagram, and be sure to tag us as well as the artist involved!


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