I've Got Rhythm is a classic jazz standard that went on to inspire many other tunes with the same chord changes but a new melody - much like the hundreds of thousands of blues songs out there. This video course covers everything you need to get started or gain a fresh perspective on Rhythm Changes tunes: the lead sheet with accurate chords, a chord melody, a comping study and a single-note solo.
Get a complete arrangement for solo guitar for this tune! Every chord melody in our Standards series is written with interesting themes and vocabulary in mind. Learn the arrangement, then arrange your own chord melodies on different tunes using similar techniques!
This tune's chord melody centres around "Oleo," a Sonny Rollins submission to the Rhythm Changes pantheon. Our arrangement features a walking chord style of chord melody.
You'll also get a comping (short for "accompaniment") study based off the chord progression for this tune. Each comping study centers around a specific theme, technique, or piece of comping vocabulary. Explore every possibility, and then take them into your own playing on other tunes!
Our Rhythm Changes comping study keeps rhythm simple with half notes only, but focuses on changing chords underneath fixed top-notes, or stepwise moving top-notes.
Want a real example of how to solo on this standard? We have a fully-transcribed single-note solo arrangement for each Standard tune centred on expanding upon a piece of jazz vocabulary or a transcription from a real jazz legend. Play the solo in full, then steal your favourite lines and assimilate them into your own improv vocabulary!
The single-note solo on Rhythm Changes is an 8th note etude that targets different chord tones in each section: the 3rds, then the 7ths and 9ths.
Our Standards courses come jam-packed with material designed to help you learn tunes and their intricacies. All of the above comes with:
And remember: sheet music PDFs, XML files, and backing track audio files are downloadable for you to keep forever.
Whether you're familiar with Rhythm Changes songs but want to kick things into the next gear or if you're just starting to learn it, this course is the perfect place to practice on this timeless song form.
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