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After You've Gone (Chord Melody): Introduction

 

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In this tutorial I will use the song "After You've Gone" to demonstrate how to create a chord melody style arrangement. The song "After You've Gone" was written by Turner Layton, and is now in the public domain. Layton was one of the many wonderful early 20th century American song writers that wrote popular tunes of the day. A number of his songs are now considered classics and standards of the jazz repertoire; part of the Great American Songbook.

In this tutorial I am going to explore his tune, "After You've Gone", by breaking it down into a simple melody line over a chord progression. Then we'll build it up into a full solo jazz guitar chord melody arrangement.