John Stowell and Steve Herberman pack this class full of useful material, conversation and performances.

The bulk of the class relates to reharmonizations on Stella By Starlight using two keys:

  • The standard key of Bb and the 1947 (Frank Sinatra) key of G. John and Steve also discuss some of their favorite voicings that come up over this tune using open strings an/or clusters.
  • Call and response ideas are demonstrated using the melody and counter lines.
  • Harmonic pathways for modulating between the key of Bb and G are touched upon as well as voice leading the progression driven by the stepwise movement of the soprano line.

This can be a very powerful tool for providing a rich orchestration while comping and a great source of motivic ideas for chord soloing. Steve and John trade choruses on Stella in the two keys in 4/4 swing and then play a spirited version in G in a Latin 3/4 feel.

  • 55 min
  • 7 pages PDF included

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Chordal Strategies to Stella By Starlight Pt. 3 00:55:47

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  1. stella #3


    Outstanding class; lots of new material and ideas.

    by james seaberry
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