Discover a world of chord melody ideas for the timeless jazz standard “Stella by Starlight” with Mike’s Master Classes’ online course. In “Chord Melody Ideas for Stella by Starlight: Thoughts on Stella”, master jazz guitarist Genil Castro shares his expert insights and techniques to help you create your own stunning chord melody arrangements.

In this course, Genil breaks down his approach to “Stella by Starlight” in detail, showing you step-by-step how to create rich harmonies and beautiful melodies on the guitar.

You’ll learn how to play the melody and harmony simultaneously, how to add chord substitutions and reharmonizations to your arrangements, and how to use various techniques such as harmonics, arpeggios, and chord inversions to create a captivating sound.

In addition to the video lessons, the course includes downloadable PDFs of sheet music and tablature, as well as practice soundslice to help you perfect your playing.

Including in this lesson:

  • A complete arrangement transcription
  • Harmonic examples of different options for harmonizing the melody with and without Harp Harmonics Technique
  • Genil shows how he came up with ideas for the arrangement inspired on his influences (Gamela, Joe Diorio, Ted Greene and others)
  • Five and six notes voicings from Melodic Minor scale
  • Discussion on the context and origins of the tune

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Running time: 41 minutes
7 Pages PDF Included

Sample of Genil's PDF arrangment

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Class Content

Full Class + Download
Thoughts on Stella Full Class + Download 00:41:44
Stella by Starlight Soundliced 00:01:05

Course Reviews


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  1. Incredible arrangement


    I have several videos about Stella by starlight
    Genil’s options to harmonize the melody are brilliant
    I like that he shows so many different options in detail including his own arrangement
    You will definitely learn a lot of cool voicings and ideas from this lessons
    For advanced and flexible players

    by David HERZHAFT
  2. stella by starlight


    I like all his classes, but this is one of the best.

    by james seaberry
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