What are some Jazz Standards on guitar I should begin to learn?
I want to expand my playing, and I figure the best way to do it is with the best genre in the world.


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Some common tunes are Blue Bossa, Satin Doll, Days of Wine and Roses, Have You Met Miss Jones, Autumn Leaves, Take the A Train, Watermelon Man, Misty, A Foggy Day, Girl from Ipanema, All Of Me.........

These are all fairly simple tunes to start off with. (they're not all 'standards' strictly speaking, but whatever)
I'd recommend Sunny as a good starter. There's loads, but I like this one atm.

Also, the way the head is played nowadays is with the power chord style octave shapes. Because of this it could almost qualify as a Jazz funk style tune. Incidentally, pretty much any Wes Montgomery version of any standard then!

Quite fun to play as well.

Here's a link for inspiration

Last edited by mdc at Feb 14, 2012,
Someone should create a sticky thread where people can ask for song suggestions. They could call it something like 'MT's only "Suggest Me a Song" Thread'.

Then people should...


...use it.
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What does it mean "Jazz Standard"? Is it just a sheet with chords and stuff that you improvise over or are they just songs you learn?
From wikipedia; "Jazz standards are musical compositions which are an important part of the musical repertoire of jazz musicians, in that they are widely known, performed, and recorded by jazz musicians, and widely known by listeners."

And like Matt said, many came from Broadway or movies... stuff from Cole Porter, Gershwin, etc...
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