A couple of weeks ago on I asked my readers what they would like to see an article about which is the result of this 10 must know jazz standards article.
means knowing a lot of standards, but with there been so many standards to learn, which ones are played and called most frequently? Which should be we be expected to know at a jam session? Ever gig and jam session is different, so you need to really know as much tunes as possible to be really prepared, but this article will focus on some the most played tunes.
If you are just starting to learn jazz guitar there are some tunes on this list that are recommend to start with such as Summertime, but others such as the Rhythm Changes shouldn’t be the first tune you dive into. If you have been playing jazz guitar for a year or two, and feel as though you’re an intermediate player, this list should help you realize if you’ve missed any important tunes.
If there’s enough interest I will write a follow up article with 10 beginner jazz guitar tunes, and then maybe 10 advanced jazz guitar tunes. Leave a comment below if you would like to see one of these lists, or if you would like to see a tune study article on a particular standard.
Major and Minor Blues
The first tune on the list that every jazz guitarist should know is a 12 bar blues. I don’t know if you would class a blues as a standard, but the list felt incomplete without mentioning one.
If you’ve come to jazz from a blues background, you’ll most likely already know the I, IV, V version of this progression. Like the traditional blues, the jazz blues is most commonly a 12 bar form, but with embellished harmony. to read a lesson I wrote on how you add passing chords to a 12 bar jazz blues progression.