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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: “See You in My Dreams”

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Tune-Based Instruction,
"See You In My Dreams" Chords.
It's time to show you the chords
of I'll See You in My Dreams.
And this song is in the key of F major.
But it starts on the subdominant
B flat major.
Let me show you a couple typical,
like, Django-style voicings here.
I like to use, for instance, this one.
B flat major 6.
B flat.
I'm using the thumb for
the root here, 5th position.
Then F 8th position, B flat.
And it's the 7th position.
third string.
D and then a G.
If you
think it's difficult with the thumb, you
can just play it without the thumb too.
'Cause that's a nice voicing.
You can actually add the C
on top if you like to.
[SOUND] But,
then for the B flat minor 6,
I'm just moving this note.
Down to D flat.
then I'm doing the same
voicing down here for F.
That's the first voicing.
I'm doing a C augmented here.
[SOUND] With a 9 on top.
C E, A flat [SOUND] Or
G sharp and D.
[SOUND] So one bar.
Bar one, two, three,
four, two, two, three.
Two bars.
Here's one bar, one bar,
one bar back to then D7.
If you want
to do that really fat Django kind
of voicing, you can do like this.
Like a D9, D, F sharp, C E and A.
You could also play,
use that second finger to push down
both the A string and the E string.
You will get the A as the base note.
Or if you prefer just to
play these three notes.
Root 3rd and 7th.
F I'm sorry, D, F Sharp,
and C, or add the D on top.
So, four bars,
then G7 if you wanna do it.
Or, I like this voicing.
You can add
the root with the thumb if you like to.
B flat, B.
B natural.
F, A, and D.
Three, four.
Four bars of D7 going into that, this.
Same voicing as that one, or.
Then F7.
[NOISE] You can go either down here.
Up here.
Then back from the beginning.
Three four.
Two, two, three, four,.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
Here comes an A7 or
like you could even do it
diminished if you'd like to,
like a C sharp diminished, but
I like to count this voicing.
[SOUND] C sharp, G, B, and E.
I'm doing a D minor chord, a bar chord.
Where if you do D minor 6,
if you like, do D, F, A and D.
D, F, A and D.
Or do this, D, A, D, and F.
[SOUND] Then at the end a B flat.
The B flat barre chord.
Or if you wanna do the 6.
B diminished.
B, G sharp.
Or A flat.
D and F.
So, one, two, three, four.
Or if you want to do the 9.
Back to F.
And I like this kind of voicing.
C, F, A, and D, F6.
And then, F7.
As you can see, sometimes you can
do chords with different roots than
the actual basic chord and it still sounds
good [SOUND] like this one and this one.
It works fine within the gypsy style.
Remember, to be able to play
this kinda four La Pompe rhythm,
you need to go back to the Gypsy Jazz
block and make sure you got that right.
I'm going through that really carefully.
[SOUND] How you're supposed to play
this rhythm within this style of music.
So let me play the chords
now one more time.
One, two.
One, little bit slower.
One, two.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
Two, two, three, four.
Two bars of each [SOUND] F,
C7, F6, that's D7.
[SOUND] Four bars.
[SOUND] One bar.
One bar, two bars of each,
one bar F, one C augmented,
one F, one D, A7 or
A9, D minor.
And have the bar be diminished
D7, and so have B flat, D2, C7 for
one bar.
Tune-Based Instruction,
"See You In My Dreams" Melody.
I'm gonna show you the basic melody for
this song, I'll See You in My Dreams.
And, when playing in the gypsy
style it's important to
work on the rest stroke and
the vibrato to get that kind.
That kinda sound.
But, if you haven't checked that out
you can go to gypsy jazz block and
work on all the basics.
But now, I'm just gonna show
you the simple most simple
version of the melody and
then you can work on it yourselves and
kind of expanded and
make your own interpretation of it,
just like Django did and
just as I did when I did this performance.
So, it starts with,
F and D, F on, this is like, one.
One two one two three four.
You have D on the one.
D, F, D, F, G, A, G,
G sharp, A, C, D, E, D.
So, one more time,
you can play it one octave up.
Right and you can also do this
kinda bends if you like to.
You can bend up a half a step.
There are many ways of doing this, but
typical Django way of doing it is,
Like bending up from, instead of playing
that G note, you can go G flat and
bend it up a little bit
That's optional too then C sharp, D,
go down to D, an octave down.
Lets see where we are.
There right C sharp, D,
D one octave down, E, F sharp, C.
A, C, A.
you can choose, these fingerings I'm just
showing you the notes, you can play it so
many places all over the neck.
And, and I rarely play the same,
I always try to play it
differently you know when interpreting
a melody so don't just get stuck in one.
One spot
you can do
[MUSIC] or
works fine too.
A, D,
E, F,
A, G, A, G.
So, from the beginning
Same beginning.
Now, for the, E, E flat,
D, C
B Flat A, G, F, so.
B, F, G, A, F at the end.
So, one, two, one, two, three, four.
You try octaves if you like.
And then, more kind of a.
Interpreting it.
Playing around the melody.
So, that's how you can do it.
Take it from from the basic melody.
And then, try to work a little bit on
the vibrato the, the, the, your tone and.
Some of these ornaments around it and
then you can start playing in and out
of the melody, creating your own melody,
melodies with, with some rhythmic ideas.
So, that's a cool way of doing it and
that's the end of the first part and
then we're gonna move on and
do the chords.
Try it out.
Tune-Based Instruction "See
You In My Dreams" Solo Part 1.
When improvising within
this style of music,
it's important to learn the triads and
the arpeggios.
And it's more based on those
elements than scales even though
more modern players are also incorporating
scales and more chromatics into the style.
But, I'm gonna show you now the,
the basic choices.
Like, for instance, the first chord
will be a good thing to play,
like, for
instance around the B flat triad, B.
D and F or B flat and a G so B flat 6.
That's a B flat 6 arpeggio,
B, D, F, G, B flat.
D, F, G, B flat.
You can also do it two
notes per string if you like to do that.
B flat major 7 arpeggio, of course,
would work as well, but
since the chord is, is B flat 6 and
this is an old-style song, it,
it sounds somehow a little
bit more within the style to
use this voicing and play.
Compared to playing.
'Cause a major 7 arpeggio is a more modern
And then, you can of course, add notes to,
to this basic B flat 6 arpeggio.
You can some from the scale tones if
you like the from B flat major scale.
B flat C, D, E flat.
F, G, B flat, A and B flat, and
I am doing that at times, you know?
But sometimes I am just doing,
working around the arpeggio
So, for the second chord,
then you can do the B
flat minor 6 arpeggio.
B flat and D flat, F, G.
B flat, D flat, F, G.
B flat, D flat, F, G.
And, so on.
you really make it sound Gypsy
when you get these ornaments in.
Now, I'm just playing
around this arpeggio.
And then, you can, of course, add
chromatic passing notes to the arpeggio.
remember that you can, when it, when it
feels right and sounds good, you're free
feel free to add chromatic passing
tones and, and, and link it together.
But, I'm just showing
the basic arpeggios now so.
And then, for the F major chord
you can use once again an F6.
F6 arpeggio.
Or, if you like that major 7.
Might sound good there actually.
F, A, C and E, or F, A, C and B.
I have a C7 there too.
It's not real unless you
can actually continue if you
wanna make it simple and, and
play over the F major arpeggio both of
the chords 'cause it's moving so fast.
But, if you wanna add and
play a little bit over the C augmented.
It's nice.
G sharp.
[MUSIC] G sharp. [MUSIC]
E, G sharp.
And then, back to, to F.
with a D7 chord you can either
choose to play a D7 arpeggio.
D, F sharp.
I do the fingerings
differently all the time.
So, don't just remember the notes.
And, and
don't get stuck with a specific fingering.
But D, F sharp, A, C, D, F sharp.
That's an option.
You can actually replace the root of the D
with the 9th and get this kind of sound.
If you like, 9th, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th.
That will be the same as F sharp.
Minor 7 flat 5 arpeggio,
or A minor 6 arpeggio.
Same notes.
That sounds cool, too.
Or, you can use a diminished arpeggio and
get kind of a,
if you wanna have a D Flat,
7 flat nine sound.
You start from the flat
9 instead of a root and
do a diminished arpeggio.
E flat, F sharp, A and C.
This is symmetrical, so you can.
So, you can move it around.
Minor third any direction.
And then for the next chord after D,
D7, if we choose to do the.
You could
play diminished over G7,
too, and start on G sharp.
Start on B.
Start on D.
Or start on F and do.
That's actually just half a fret
down from the previous chord.
All right?
That's possible, or
we can do a plain G7 arpeggio.
Or, we can do that,
starting on the, using the 9th.
Instead of the root, same as B minor 7.
Flat 5 arpeggio or D minor 6, same notes.
Same goes for C7, we have all
these options, the basic arpeggio,
the the diminished one,
and then we have to move,
let's see, then we can move
just another half a step down.
Proceed diminished, I mean,
starting off C sharp.
C7 and C sharp diminished.
And then for
the next chord F,
we just move down half a step again.
So that's a cool thing for
this circle of dominance.
Or if you just want to play the,
the plain arpeggios or the nine arpeggios.
Another option is to use
tritone substitution.
So instead of D7, you play A flat 7.
Or A flat.
Instead of the A Flat we play the 9th,
the B Flat, that's, that's possible, too.
And then you will get kind of an E minor,
same notes as an E minor
E flat minor 6 arpeggio.
Or, or, or.
C minor 7
flat five.
Tune-Based Instruction "See
You In My Dreams" Solo Part 2.
>> You can do tritone substitutions for
all these chords.
[SOUND] So with G7,
[SOUND] you can do D flat.
[SOUND] Either the 9th arpeggio or,
or the regular 7th arpeggio.
[SOUND] Same here, [SOUND] C7, [SOUND]
that's [SOUND] F sharp and F, it's B.
[SOUND] So I can just show you these
different sounds [SOUND] starting with
And back.
Or if we do for instance, the more,
the 9th and the 7th arpeggios.
Sounds like that.
Or some tritone substitutions.
You don't have to do it on all the chords,
maybe it's on some.
[SOUND] Okay.
[SOUND] So that's the first part.
Second part, same thing.
[SOUND] Start the same way.
B flat major 6th [NOISE] to minor 6th
[SOUND] to F6 [SOUND] to
C augmented [SOUND] to F.
D7 now.
[SOUND] Two bars, then A7 or
A9 [SOUND] to D minor.
[SOUND] And here you can choose
if you wanna do [SOUND] the A7.
Arpeggio if you wanna [SOUND] to do
the ninth.
On B instead of [SOUND] A.
Or if you want to do.
The diminished.
Starting on C.
[SOUND] Sharp on E.
[SOUND] Or B flat.
[SOUND] Or A sharp.
[SOUND] Going to [SOUND] D minor.
Then I'm using the D minor 6th arpeggio.
A. [SOUND]. B. [SOUND]. D.
So that part.
All right.
And here we have D flat.
[SOUND] B diminished.
[SOUND] C7 and F.
[SOUND] So, [SOUND] you can just use
the B flat triad or B flat 6 arpeggio.
[SOUND] The B diminished.
the C7 [SOUND] with all
these options back to F.
So I'm gonna play this song one more time.
To the backing track and
and have a listen.
And then try to upload your own
videos improvising all this stuff.
>> One, two, one, two, three.
Tune-Based Instruction,
See You In My Dreams" Performance 2.
One, two, one, two, three, four.