This page hosts the most popular jazz guitar standards. Each tune is provided with a PDF : lead sheet, chord melody arrangement and a basic chord chart (for comping).
Some tunes (but not all) also have a video or audio demonstration of the arrangement, the chords and sample improvisation.
Some background information (composer, year, etc.) and recommended listenings are also provided for each individual jazz guitar standards.
Make sure you read the before you play... section below. The way tunes are presented here might be slightly different from what you are used to.
Finally, visitor can now contribute their own chord melody arrangements! You can share your chord melodies and rate / comment on other visitors' contributions ... please do so here.
All the Things You Are
Blue in Green
Body and Soul
How Insensitive (Insensatez)
I Fall In Love Too Easily
If I Should Lose You
My Funny Valentine
(The) Shadow of Your Smile
Stella by Starlight
Straight No Chaser
Take the "A" Train
What Is This Thing Called Love
More Tunes: Barry Galbraith Original Arrangements (opens a new window)
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Here is my arrangement of "Laura". It's just the basic melody of this beautiful song on top and what I hope to be nice chords and some extra solo phrases …
Naïma, by John Coltrane. I have included the bass part, but it may be ignored for section B (for beginners). It requires a lot of quirky stretching …
Darn That Dream
Here's my first attempt at writing a chord melody. I kept it simple with mostly "vanilla" changes and it can be played either with fingers or pick or …
Polka Dots and Moonbeams - Jose Arboleda
Here's a chord melody on "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" by Jose Arboleda. Polka Dots and Moonbeams - Chord Melody Arrangement + Chord Solo to practice …
The Man I Love
A great 1924 Gershwin tune, excised from many a musical. The chord names are straight from the real book leadsheet, without my alterations. The tablature …
This is a rather "chordy" arrangement of Duke Ellington's 1932 classic. I wrote it as a condensed exercise on inversions, by and large in response to …
Here's a real simple chord melody version of this beautiful melody. Beautiful Love - Chord Melody by Denis Barsalo ___ From admin : Good job …