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    Our standard for Aug 2021 will be Polka Dots & Moonbeams (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke, 1940).

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    Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (Polka Dots and Moonbeams)

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    Ah! Did a chord melody on that one:



    I did write it out in Musescore, with tabs, for anyone interested:

    Polka Dots And Moonbeams Sheet music for Guitar (Solo) | Download and print in PDF or MIDI free sheet music for Polka Dots and Moonbeams by Jimmy Van Heusen | Musescore.com

    But I guess the goal here is to improvise over the chords? I have no video of that, I see if I can get to it.

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    You don't hear Joe Pass much with a full orchestra, and this is Hamburg so it's lush, but not schmaltzy. His guitar tone is gorgeous as well.


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    Done it. Rubato, because I want to. Oh, you have no idea of the relief from those looping pentatonics...


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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1
    Done it. Rubato, because I want to. Oh, you have no idea of the relief from those looping pentatonics...

    Really nice and musical, love the rubato feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    Ah! Did a chord melody on that one:



    I did write it out in Musescore, with tabs, for anyone interested:

    Polka Dots And Moonbeams Sheet music for Guitar (Solo) | Download and print in PDF or MIDI free sheet music for Polka Dots and Moonbeams by Jimmy Van Heusen | Musescore.com

    But I guess the goal here is to improvise over the chords? I have no video of that, I see if I can get to it.
    Very nice take.Great sounding guitar and great playing.
    Best
    Kris

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1
    Done it. Rubato, because I want to. Oh, you have no idea of the relief from those looping pentatonics...

    Very nice! Surprisingly different from my version, great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1
    Done it. Rubato, because I want to. Oh, you have no idea of the relief from those looping pentatonics...

    Beautiful ragman!!

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    Such a lovely song - and very nice interpretations! I model my own chord solo arrangement (in F) on Wes' version from, "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery." (I don't have any viable way to record it right now, but I'm working on rectifying that.)

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    I'm going to put all these standards thread tunes in a hard key so that way I get more used to them. Basically the keys that aren't in the real book. Gb, B, E, A, and D. Practicing Polkadots and Moonbeams (and other stuff) in Gb right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint 55
    I'm going to put all these standards thread tunes in a hard key so that way I get more used to them. Basically the keys that aren't in the real book. Gb, B, E, A, and D. Practicing Polkadots and Moonbeams (and other stuff) in Gb right now.
    If you know it already in F or G, then Gb is easy of course. It would be much harder in Bb or C.

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    I'm focusing on Hammond so transposing the tune a half step changes the fingerings a lot when it would be about the same for guitar. Basically, the sharp side keys are the ones that still feel awkward for me, A, B, D, E, Gb, so I'm going to spend a lot of time playing in them.
    Last edited by Clint 55; 08-04-2021 at 02:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint 55
    I'm focusing on Hammond so transposing the tune a half step changes the fingerings a lot when it would be about the same for guitar. Basically, the sharp side keys are the ones that still feel awkward for me, A, B, D, E, Gb, so I'm going to spend a lot of time playing in them.
    Ah! Yes, on a keyboard it’s a whole different story…..

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    yeah I was wondering why he thought E was a hard key for guitar!

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    I made a video on my own arrangement a while back. Hope it's ok to post an old video?


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    For those seeking a more demanding key, how about this one in Eb ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gtrplrfla
    For those seeking a more demanding key, how about this one in Eb ?

    Correction : in F . My apologies

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    That was me six years ago... i'll do an updated one ASAP... hopefully i've gotten better since then.
    Pretty sure that was in F, too.
    Last edited by dogletnoir; 08-15-2021 at 06:22 PM.

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    Good job everyone. Polka Dots in Gb at 62 bpm.


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    Thanks for the contributions this month.
    My effort on Ibanez Artcore (AF-75)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hohoho
    Thanks for the contributions this month.
    My effort on Ibanez Artcore (AF-75)
    Nice! Love the sound of that guitar!

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    Well, I've bashed this around for a month, so it's time to see what I've got.

    Played this one solo, and no improv, just melody.


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    Here is my somewhat contrapuntal rendition


    all the best
    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLerch
    Here is my somewhat contrapuntal rendition


    all the best
    Tim
    Wow! Thanks Tim! Beautiful as always!
    Great to "see" you on Practical Standards.

    /Hans