Learn Jazz Guitar, Day 1

Welcome!

We’re going to get familiar with So What.  Basically there’s some basic chords and scales to learn. But the main lesson today is to learn about form of the song.  It’s AABA.  That means there’s an A section and a B section.  The A section is played twice, then the B section is played once and finally the A section is played again.  Every section consists of 8 bars or measures.  Each measure is 4 beats. The entire form AABA is called “a chorus” or “the form”. The form continually cycles throughout the song.

Form

So check this out, this is the basic structure of the entire song So What:

  1. Intro
  2. Melody – played on bass
  3. solos – Miles, Coltrane, Cannonball, Bill Evans
  4. Melody – played on bass
  5. Ending – fading while continuing to play melody

Except in the Intro, the entire song keeps the same form, AABA.  Here’s that form broken down:

  1. A section – 8 bars – D minor
  2. A section – 8 bars – D minor
  3. B section – 8 bars – Eb minor
  4. A section – 8 bars – D minor

Scales

Major

This is the form for the scale taught in the video today.  The red dot on the 6th string is at the 8th fret to play C major and at the 9th fret to play Db major. 

Dorian Minor

It’s the same form but here’s the scale pattern that I was showing you in the video for D Dorian Minor and Eb Dorian Minor.

Chords

Minor 7th

The root is on the 1st string, so D minor 7th would be on the 10th fret and Eb minor 7th would be on the 11th fret.

Minor 7th

Root is on 5th string. So D minor 7th would be on the 5th fret. And Eb minor 7th would be on the 6th fret.

Minor 11th

Root is on 5th string. So D minor 7th would be on the 5th fret. And Eb minor 7th would be on the 6th fret.

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