probably the most played ballad in jazz repertoire. It was written by Johnny Green in 1930
for the actress
Gertrude Lawrence. It has a
poignant melody, great modulations (bridge especially) and a
straight-ahead 32-bar form.
As jazz improvisers and accompanists, guitarists must know this tune
inside out. Sing the melody, comp the chords, create a chord melody and
improvise on Body and Soul!
It is also a great tune to cover lots of ground with. The song includes lots of
"common" traits (present
in most jazz standards). Working on it will improve many aspects of
your playing all at once (chord melody, lyricism, accompaniment, time
feel, solo building, etc.)
You should really take you time with the chord melody found on this page. It has lots of stuff! You may want to change some parts for your style (ie leave the bass notes out) or simple *leave out* some chords is they don't make sense for you.
Video Demonstration (Chord Melody + Jazz Guitar Improvisation)
"Body & Soul" jazz guitar chord melody demonstrated, with some
improvisation. Since the form is AABA (and its slow), I demonstrated each section separately.