So What is a true classic in the standards repertoire, made famous by Miles Davis on the album Kind Of Blue. This video course covers everything you need to get started or gain a fresh perspective on the tune: 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 is a solo-guitar version of what you hear on the original recording. Harmonics, open strings, bass notes, and so much more give you an in-depth exploration of everything you hear on the record, and then re-harmonizations give you fresh perspectives!
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!
The comping study for "So What" takes the first chorus of Miles Davis' solo on So What and harmonizes just about every note with quartal chord grips.
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 solo for "So What" uses and is inspired by lines by John Coltrane and pentatonic scales.
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've been playing on So What for a while and 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 classic.
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