"What I like most is I finally have a step-by-step "guide" to learn new material properly, to build a repertoire. I've been reading jazz theory for years, and tried out different scales over different chords and stuff, but it's been too much information and the information won't stick unless you use it in a ""real life situation"", like when you play a standard all the way through. My plan now is to learn the material from the tune of the month club properly, and afterwards I can use all the other information to try different approaches to soloing over the tune or reharmonizing it."
-Svenn Erik S., Sweden
"The Tune of the Month club package is the "Best Value Package of any instructional guitar lesson on the Internet"! It includes [...] "all in one kit". [...]. On the "Girl from Ipanema" module, the solo alone is super tasteful, unrushed, and well executed, outlining the chord changes smoothly. It alone is worth the price of admission. As a bonus, the various Bossa Nova rhythms are critical to playing Brazilian music with a good pulse and "sway" feeling. I am working on that at the moment.I have to admit to playing guitar for decades and still finding these kits very informative and worthwhile - even if I only focus on one facet per month. The materials are all archived and I can always go back and polish up a tune. I am very positive about this offering."
-Jerry B., Ontario, Canada
Summertime is a true classic in the jazz standards repertoire. 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 chord melody is super guitar-friendly, as it's written in the key of Am. Expect open strings for bass notes as well as interesting chord substitutes and reharmonizations!
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 comping study for this song is heavily influenced by the horns in Gil Evans' arrangement for Miles Davis' album, Porgy and Bess - a classic version of this beautiful standard!
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 "Summertime" features dotted-quarter note syncopation, altered dominant vocabulary, and some interesting alternate changes.
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 Summertime 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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