Stella by Starlight is one of the most beautiful jazz standards the we have in the American Songbook. Especially the chord progression but also the melody with a high amount of extensions is an interesting vehicle for improvisation. But being interesting in this case also means being difficult to play. The chord changes are sometimes going in unexpected directions and the bridge have an almost modal feel to it with prolonged chord sounds.
In this lesson package I will go over an analysis of the chords in which I will not only describe how the chords move but also suggest the scales that fit the chords the best in the context of this song. The next part of this lesson is an arpeggio study so that we can bring the scales and the harmony together. Finally I discuss some ideas and strategies for picking target notes and soloing over Stella By Starlight.
Some of the topics I discuss:
- Playing over difficult chord changes
- Creating Strong Melodies
- Analyzing the Song and the Harmony
- Strategies for making lines
- Scale and arpeggio choices
- Ideas for interesting rhythms
The Download includes:
- 2 chorus Solo Performance video (2 solos)
- 32 bar Arpeggio etude and Scale overview
- 2 Video lessons: Exercises and solo (53 min)
- PDF/GuitarPro Transcription
- Mp3 Backing track
- Mp3 Performance