At the Yosemite Jazz Workshop the guitar players are divided into 3 groups. The groups or teams will be determined by playing, reading and Improvisation ability as well as past workshop participation. Each level will have 3 songs to work on as explained below. You will be working on one song each day, Monday – Wednesday, in the classes and playing them that night at the Live Playing Workshop. On Thursday you will break into performance groups to woodshed a tune or two and rehearse for the concert that night.
The songs may help decide the team you are in. Choose the tunes that you feel are within your skill level, ones that you will be comfortable playing at the workshop. Level C is the simplest songs of the 3 groups. However, as you know, even the simplest of songs can be complex depending on the musical ideas that we will explore. If you’re not sure which team you should be on and which songs to learn, talk to Rich (805-460-6370) or Todd for some advice.
The songs are listed by teams below with one song overlapping into the upper team for those who want to play up or down a team on a song. Some of the songs for each team have lessons available at https://guitarcollegelibrary.com/catalog
SONGS for 2022
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Lessons for the songs are available from the link after the title.
Team A, Advanced--Songs are more intense to challenge the more advanced players, already possessing a good grasp of improv to be more creative with their skill and knowledge. A Team players should also have good command of the songs for Teams B & C.
1. ETERNAL TRIANGLE Key of Bb
2. HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES Key of F
3. UNIT SEVEN Key of C
Team B, Experienced --Songs may push you slightly out of your comfort zone. Level B players should also be able to play the songs for the C Team confidently.
1. UNIT SEVEN Key of C
2. GENTLE RAIN Key of A Minor
3. SHINY STOCKING Key of F
Team C, Intermediate –Songs are the simpler but not necessarily easy. We’ll break them down and study them intensely to learn valuable jazz concepts that can apply to other tunes.
1. SHINY STOCKING Key of F
2. AUTUMN LEAVES Key of E Minor
3. WEAVER OF DREAMS Key of C
Please be sure you are familiar with the songs. Work to memorize the songs in your group if possible, both chords and melody. Listen to a variety of recordings and different arrangements; YouTube is a good free source. It is to your advantage to come to the workshop prepared. The better you can already play a song the deeper we can dig into it as a group.
Well You Needn't
Softly as a Morning Sunrise
Fly Me to the Moon
Girl from Ipanema
All of Me
Blues in C
All the Things You Are
One Note Samba
Exactly Like You
Scrapple from the Apple
Four on Six
In a Mellow Tone
The Days of Wine and Roses
On Green Dolphin Street
When Sunny Gets Blue
Samba De Orfeu
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Blues in Db)
Stella by Starlight
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Tenor Madness (Blues in Bb)
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me