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    I have the Robert Yelin book, "Jazz Standards for Solo Guitar" (Hal Leonard) and, since it doesn't come with audio, am wondering if any of you have played through any of these tunes and might have made a home video (or mp3) of any of them? I'd like to hear what they sound like before choosing one to invest my time in.

    Anyone?

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    The Chord Melody Guitar Music website has an entire page devoted to Robert Yelin that has numerous videos of his arrangements being played.

    You'll also find a biography of Robert there as well as a complete listing of all of his chord melody solo books.

    Hope this helps!
    Steven Herron
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasaco View Post
    I have the Robert Yelin book, "Jazz Standards for Solo Guitar" (Hal Leonard) and, since it doesn't come with audio, am wondering if any of you have played through any of these tunes and might have made a home video (or mp3) of any of them? I'd like to hear what they sound like before choosing one to invest my time in.

    Anyone?
    jasaco,
    The folks on this forum hit me with a reality check when it comes to using his books. Unless my memory is fading (its been a few years), I remember them writing that the songs are not truly meant to be played as written, but instead are basically fodder from which you can create your own chord melodies. I am sure there is a thread on it here on this forum.

    Like I said, if recall that you can learn to play them that way, but the author really was just giving you some nice chords. You can choose to play his full chords, or fragments of them, and you can also insert double stops or single note lines.

    I found myself having to introduce some lines because I would get bogged down. I also liked inserting some rhythm chords where it sounded good to me.

    I hope someone corrects me if I am wrong. Oh, and also, as Steve said, there are videos out there and a search with Yelin's name on Youtube will bring some up.

    For example:


    and


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    Thank you Steven and AlsoRan. I appreciate the chance to hear a few of his arrangements. I can, of course, learn much from them but I must say that they are in the block chord style (a chord on every note) that I do not prefer. Of course, I can leave a lot of them out and replace them with single note lines, dyads, etc. wherever I wish. But I don't find them inspiring in the first instance, so I might just look further for other arrangements to emulate. I know Steven's site has a lot of them so I'll rummage around in there too.

    Thanks again to you both.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlsoRan View Post
    jasaco,
    The folks on this forum hit me with a reality check when it comes to using his books. Unless my memory is fading (its been a few years), I remember them writing that the songs are not truly meant to be played as written, but instead are basically fodder from which you can create your own chord melodies. I am sure there is a thread on it here on this forum.

    Like I said, if recall that you can learn to play them that way, but the author really was just giving you some nice chords. You can choose to play his full chords, or fragments of them, and you can also insert double stops or single note lines.

    I found myself having to introduce some lines because I would get bogged down. I also liked inserting some rhythm chords where it sounded good to me.

    I hope someone corrects me if I am wrong. Oh, and also, as Steve said, there are videos out there and a search with Yelin's name on Youtube will bring some up.

    For example:


    and

    It's interesting.. he plays extra beats in both versions... in the same place (either it's learnt wrong or it's misprint in a book)...

    But it is really interesting because it shows how people feel (or do not feel) the form... I encounter this problem quite often.. they go gradually from detail to detail and lose the feel of overall breath.

    I hope everybody understands I am not mocking the guy... on the contrary I always admire and appreciate the efforts people make for loving music even if they make mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasaco View Post
    Thank you Steven and AlsoRan. I appreciate the chance to hear a few of his arrangements. I can, of course, learn much from them but I must say that they are in the block chord style (a chord on every note) that I do not prefer. Of course, I can leave a lot of them out and replace them with single note lines, dyads, etc. wherever I wish. But I don't find them inspiring in the first instance, so I might just look further for other arrangements to emulate. I know Steven's site has a lot of them so I'll rummage around in there too.

    Thanks again to you both.

    Jim
    If I remember correctly his books seemed to me more as a ustmostly arranged chord-melody. Where every sigle note is arranged with the richest and fullest chord possible...

    I read about him that he was a big adimirer of Johnny Smith... and I believe that probably he himself could play his arrangements convincingly... but it is too specific.

    I think is often missed out that for such a style one needs to have specific right-hand technique to control phrasing -- much more than something special about left hand..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasaco View Post
    I have the Robert Yelin book, "Jazz Standards for Solo Guitar" (Hal Leonard) and, since it doesn't come with audio, am wondering if any of you have played through any of these tunes and might have made a home video (or mp3) of any of them? I'd like to hear what they sound like before choosing one to invest my time in.

    Anyone?
    Hi, I have that book, as well as Jazz Favorites. There are some versions that really sound great and others I don’t quite latch onto. I haven’t found any versions or at least very few of them on YouTube.

    I think this thread would be a great way to get some out there and I’d love to see what others are doing with the same arrangements. I recorded I Can’t Get Started today at lunch and will post below. Sorry for the messy background, it’s not the nearest place!