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Welcome to your Autumn Leaves beginner jazz guitar lesson. I will show you the easiest and most musical approach to learning this great jazz standard and also throw in a free PDF lead sheet. Let’s get started! Use this lesson to: • Learn the chords. • Play the melody. • Grab a few tricks for sounding hip. • Have fun while you learn!
Your Autumn Leaves Lead Sheet Here is a simple chord chart of this great tune. I have included some suggested scales and chord substitutions to put in. Disclaimer: This is a non-profit study strictly for educational purposes. I do not own the rights for Autumn Leaves. No melody is written, only chord changes. How Do I Memorize this Song? Your first step in learning any tune is to memorize the chord changes and the melody.
Once you do away with the sheet music you can then start creating REAL music. 4 steps to quickly memorize this song: • Listen – listen to 5 different versions.
I made this easy for you by selecting my favorite 5 into a Youtube playlist, • Use your Brain – Analyze the structure of the song. How many sections are there? Do chords repeat?
What key is it in? Hint: The form is A A B A and LOTS of chords repeat, and the key is G Major or E minor (same thing). • Learn the Words – Learning lyrics not only helps you to memorize a song but enables you to really dig into the meaning of it.
Your national anthem isn’t just a nice melody it has meaning and significance. Autumn leaves is a love song, learn the words and it will show in your playing. • Use a Play Along – or better yet make your own! I often use garageband or even just a BOSS looper to play along with myself. Throw yourself out there, start soloing along right away. How to Solo: the Easy Way Before I throw a whole bucket of music theory at you here is some musical fast food: You can solo on E Aeolian or natural minor scale over this WHOLE tune. Here is an Aeolian fret diagram, just centre the white dot over any E (e.g.
7th fret on your A string) and BAM, you have your scale. Here is what E Natural Minor or Aeolian sounds like: Now, change the b7 (D note) to D# on the B7 chord. This scale is E Harmonic minor (sounds exotic right?). Can you hear the difference between the two? A Better Approach; examine each chord individually.
So you know how to easily solo on this tune, now let’s check out each chord for a better approach. Jazz is about outlining the chord changes so let’s get down to business. The following tips are all included in the free PDF above, so make sure you have that as we progress. Side note: Feel free to click on any scale or arpeggio – it will link to an in depth lesson. The Am7 Chord This chord is the II (two) chord in our key of G major. On II chords you play the dorian mode and you can add in the 9th, 11th and 13th as extensions to a plain minor 7 chord.
Here is a little summary and a few links if you would like to learn more about minor chords. • Chord: • Scale: • Possible extensions: 9, 11, 13 • Guide tones: b3, b7 (Your target notes) • The D7 Chord The V chord is a powerful thing. In the key of G major our V chord is D7.
It leads really nicely to G and you can add on many different notes to colour this chord up. • • • Possible extensions: 9, 13 • Guide tones: 3, b7 (Your target notes) • Possible Alterations: b9, #9, #11, b13 • The Home Chord: Gmaj7 This chord is your tonic major resting chord. • • • Possible extensions: 9, 13 • Guide tones: 3, 7 (Your target notes) • Great job on making it this far! To dive even further into these chords,. Cmaj7: The Lydian IV Chord This is your IV chord, check out my full lesson on this • Chord: Cmaj7 (or C6, Gmaj9, Gmaj69, Gmaj13, Cmaj7#11) • Scale: Lydian Mode • Possible extensions: 9, 13 • Guide tones: 3, 7 (Your target notes) • F#m7b5: The Half Diminished Chord This chord is functioning as the ii chord in our minor key of E minor. It prepares the B7 chord which leads nicely to Em and is really simple to learn because there aren’t too many options or alterations.
• • • Possible extensions: 11, b13 • Guide tones: b3, b5, b7 • The B7b9 Chord This dude is the V7 chord leading to our tonic minor key center – E minor. We treat dominant chords leading to minor chords differently to ones leading to major chords. I recommend you check out my for a full explanation on this. • • Scale: or • Possible extensions: b9, #9, #11, b13 • Guide tones: 3, b7 • The E minor chord Your home minor chord is E minor. Minor chords are tricky because you have a few options of scales and chords to choose from. Below is a brief overview of your options, for a more in depth look check out my • Chord: Em7 (or Emin9, Em11, Em6) • • Possible extensions: 9, 11, 13 • Guide Tones: b3, b7 • Those Hard Descending Chords So in the last section of the tunes there is this part: Em9 Eb9 Dm9 Db9 What scale do you play over these chords? Well, long story short – what is happening here is tritone substitution.
But let me cut out all the musical theory hodge podge: Use theand. Well that concludes this Autumn Leaves beginner jazz guitar lesson. Promodel Download Free on this page. Spend some time exploring each chord and its unique scale and alterations – you will set your self up great to learn other tunes faster that way because jazz standards all use the same chords, just in a different order. Remember to take your time and most importantly; have fun!
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(by Joseph Kosma) Autumn Leaves is a very well known jazz standard song. It was composed by Joseph Kosma in 1946 for the movie. The original title was Les Feuilles Mortes (in French please!).
English lyrics and title by Johnny Mercer in 1949. Jazzmen will usually want to play this one in G minor. Guitarists, you have be warned! So many of us tend to play it in the “Fakebook key”, which is E minor / G Major, with the first chord being Am7. If you want to avoid a little surprise at a jam session (or a bad experience) just be prepared to play Autumn Leaves in G minor / Bb major, like the grownups do. (-: It’s also advisable to learn the classic introduction to Autumn Leaves.
It’s just a bass riff that goes 1-b3-5-6 (and back down), defining a Gm6 chord. You can hear it on the. When I play gigs as a leader, I often simply start this riff and the other musicians come in whenever they like. (See below for PDF and mp3 clip of intro suggestions for jazz guitarists) The whole song stays pretty much in the same key (and it’s related major) throughout.
There’s not really any “funny business” going anywhere, except for that little “III-VI-II-V” turnaround going to Eb in the few last bars. You’ll have to shed it a little. I find this piece allows for a lot of freedom in improvisation. It also lends itself to many styles. I personally play that tune all over the place, from a ballad tempo all the way to some up-swing in 5/4 time! Unfortunately this song is often perceived as a beginner tune by intermediate players.
Some students taking lessons with me often dismiss it like this: “Ahhhrg, you know, it’s just ” and are sometimes ashamed of playing the tune! I don’t subscribe to this way of thinking; most professional jazz musicians love to play Autumn Leaves! (no kidding) Autumn Leaves: Introduction *NEW* Finally, a comprehensive guide on the intro to Autumn Leaves + suggestions on how to approach this on the guitar!
(-: Please download the here and listen to this mp3 for an audio explanation: Here is the Autumn Leaves: Chord Melody Now, a chord melody on this tune is available both for beginners and intermediate players • • Both PDFs above contain: • the leadsheet (chord symbols + melody) • the chord melody arrangement (played in the audio and video here) • a basic chord chart (basic guitar shapes for you to use.) Audio Demonstration (EASY Chord Melody). Here is the mp3 file for the EASY level chord melody demonstration. I took some performance liberties in the chord melody, but it still is a good reference for melody and harmony on the song. Video Demonstration (Intermediate Chord Melody) In this video, Autumn Leaves jazz guitar chord melody (intermediate level) is demonstrated, with some improvisation. For the complete arrangement. Suggested listening Julian “Cannonball” Adderley’s album recorded in 1958. The introduction is haunting and memorable. It features Miles Davis playing the theme and then a classic solo.
Definite “must have” album. My “other favorite” track is played by the. They go crazy (with a straight-ish groove) on the Eb chord (it’s a bVI in analysis) and they really stretch. You should seek this one too! Also to check out: Keith Jarret,,,.