Let's find various ways to play the melody -- in different registers, if possible.
The first half of the melody is based on sequences, so let's examine how that can help us.
VIDEO 2: How To PlayThe Melody (part 2):
The second half of the melody.
VIDEO 3: Basic chords:
The chords presented in this video are 3-note voicing (aka "shells").
Those 3 notes are the Root, the 3rd and the 7th of a given chord.
The root is played in the bass, either on the 6th or 5th string.
The 3rd and 7th are found on either the 3rd or 4th string.
VIDEO 4: Comping Study:
This is a simple comping chord study which can be used to accompany a soloist. The voicing presented here are somewhat richer than in the previous video. The chords are more complete and many of them include extensions (or colors) such as 9ths or 13ths.
VIDEO 5: Guide-Tone Line:
We are creating a guide-tone line targeting the 3rds and 7ths of the chords. That line will help us improvise while acknowledging the changes.
VIDEO 6: Ideas For Improvising:
Here I share a few important concepts that will help you improvise over this tune. It is not as easy a tune as it seems: it has a long form (AABC) and even though it is harmonically rather simple, it is common for players to get lost along the way -- in part because the chords are so redundant!
The main topics here will be:
1. Simple Arpeggios (played in alternance)
2. Using the contour of the melody to shape and develop our improvisation logically.
And here's my Play-Along video for "Autumn Leaves":
This is a very loose and spontaneous jam session in which we both get to improvise: First I play the chords for you on 1 or 2 choruses while you improvise. Then we switch, and I improvise while you practice playing the chords for me. We will then go back and forth, alternating between soloing and accompanying… That is exactly the type of real-life situation any guitar player will need to be comfortable in, whether it is going to a jam-session, or simply playing with another guitar player.
Finally, here's the entire playlist in one single link:
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