Practice Better! An approach to learning Jazz Standards
In part one we looked at the first step towards mastery of a standard: the chords. As and example, I’m going to post what are most likely the chords the average guitarist will use, especially if they’re just getting started with Jazz.
Now over the course of a practice session, it’s advisable to find another way of playing all of these chords in a sequence. That should be a goal. The end goal being to be able to play the entire tune in one position if possible (sometimes it’s not, due to the nature of the guitar). Knowing the spelling of the chords (a must, discussed in part 1), you can start experimenting with your own voicings. Below is an example of a variation on the chords. If you can memorize both ways of playing, you now have 2 different ways to play this song.