Sight-reading and interpreting a Jazz Standard Leadsheet

Sight-reading music is a tricky situation to be in for most jazz guitar players. Most of the time when you are in a situation where you have to read music from a leadsheet or similar you actually have to interpret what is there as much as you have to be able to read a specific melody or set of voicings. This interpretation and analysis is what I try to discuss in this video.

The video covers a discussion and an analysis of the song and different approaches to comping and strategies to keep in mind.

1:00 The song
1:22 Analysis: The Form
4:45 Advantage to understand the form
9:07 Playing I remember You
10:21 Analyzing and Correcting the Chords
13:46 Generalizing Chord Progressions
18:48 Reading the melody and incorporating that into the comp
20:11 Extensions behind the melody
23:25 Turning this into instant chord melody arrangements + Practical thoughts
25:43 Comping The Tune
26:03 Different types of comping
26:27 Comping with inner-voice movement and a bit of counterpoint
27:58 Comping more rhythmical and riff oriented (Drop2 and Triads)
29:00 #IV diminished stategy
29:29 Comping example: Cadence for the #IV
30:33 Leave space for the soloist
31:06 Comping just laying down the harmony
32:03 Strategies for soloing
33:24 Chord Reduction of the song
34:27 Solo on I Remember You
36:51 Reducing and Things to watch out for
38:19 Problem with Chord Scale theory

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