I am thinking about trying out for my school's jazz band, but I don't know a lot of jazz to play. I was wondering what songs would help me the most for understanding how to play jazz.
anything by John McLaughlin especially his stuff with Mahavishnu Orchestra, although might not be pure enough for the jazz "purists".
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Originally Posted by Tulkas
Stairway is required on any list of anything involving the words guitar or song, I believe Congress amended the constitution in order to put it into federal law.
Last edited by KerNeL_KLuTcH at Apr 4, 2014,
Learning how to play jazz takes a lifetime but improvisation and knowing how to read notes/chords certainly is key.

That being said, Autumn leaves is probably a good place to start
Last edited by ThatGuy_17 at Apr 4, 2014,
For a Jazz Band?
Benson is what they will want to hear. Credible comping and a solo when asked.