Swing Guitar

Dedicated to pre-bebop jazz guitar.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Chord Melody works in progress

Here are some chord melody sketches I've been working on. These are all played on my 805 using a 5mm Wegen pick, 13-56 Martin SP 80/20 strings. The mic is my Rode NT-3 into an M-Audio Fasttrack USB interface, recorded with Audacity. I just added a touch of 'verb, and compression.

I'm Confessin' - mp3
I Can't Give You Anything But Love - mp3
All of Me - mp3

(update: the samples are now fixed)


  • At 5:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It sounds like something has gone wrong during the mixing process and you have all the tracks playing simultaneously.

  • At 10:23 AM, Blogger Jonathan Stout said…


  • At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Still doesn't seem to be working, I'm afraid. Thanks for the blog, keep up the good work!

    All the best

  • At 1:32 PM, Blogger Jonathan Stout said…

    no really this time.

  • At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Shaun said…

    I just found your blog today and I love it! I'm a recovering rocker trying to learn jazz guitar after I discovered Bob Wills.

    I can't belive how much learning material you have posted here, my head is spinning.

    One request, maybe you have this somewhere already, can you take the rhythm lessons you already have up and suggest ways to solo over them single note style? I'm trying to learn about key centers and stuff like that but most of the learning material I find is Bop oriented.

    A link you should add to your site is www.superchiefs.com. It's a small group swing band from Wisconsin.

    Also, your chord melodies sound great!

  • At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Loren Tilley said…

    Hey, cool stuff! I can't believe I haven't run into your blog before. Funny, I was reading your comments and I have a very similar setup--1935 Gibson L-10 or 1936 L-5 with a Dearmond FHC through a later eh-150. Awesome sound. The other thing I thought was funny is that I saw your law school comment, and I am going to be a 1L this fall. Then finally, I read the comments on this post that told you to link to the superchiefs website, and I was a founding member of that band--though I now live in Honolulu and they are all in Wisconsin. Anyway, I guess it's a small world, huh?
    I was wondering about how the eastman was working out for you. I have been thinking about getting one for gigs so that I'm not to worried about my guitar getting trashed/stolen. Has it lived up to your expectations? Thanks for the cool site!


  • At 8:46 AM, Blogger Jonathan Stout said…

    Both of my Eastman are fantastic. For under $2k you get a really good X-braced acoustic archtop w/o having to worry about ruining an historical artifact.

    They are fantastic. They sound better than many golden age vintage guitars, especially with a proper set up, bronze strings, etc.

    Anyway, we should talk sometime. I've known about your website, and I know many of the hawaiian swing dancers. I just saw Joanne this weekend in Cleveland (All-Bal Weekend).

  • At 5:23 PM, Anonymous kragoots said…

    all tracks still playing simultaneously on first half of "all of me"....nice site though, thanks.

  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger ron powers said…

    i love the chord melody stuff, and i appreciate anybody who looks into 20's, 30's & 40's style playing. just wondering if you've tried the "tortis" style picks yet from redbear trading co.(they have a website). like you, i like the big, thick ones. i had a style "c" heavy (1mm) for the last couple years, and just received their style "c" gypsy jazzer (2.5mm). what a difference on my acoustic archtop (that's all i play. it's a 1923 L-5 replica i had made by daniel slaman in the netherlands (www.slamanguitars.com). also, you'd probably enjoy "giants of the acoustic jazz guitar" on the cumquat record label from australia. it's amazing! george van eps, allan reuss, dick mcdonough, & art ryerson. also, try george van eps, eddie miller, stanley wrightman trio on JUMP records (JCD 12-6). as you probably know, he taught allan reuss. keep up the great flowing of information when you can. we all need more encouragement. thanks.

  • At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Josh Leffler said…

    hey i just wanted to say thanks SO MUCH for this web page. even if you can't update that much i'm going to mine it for all its worth. right now i'm getting enamored with the playing styles of charlie christian and django reinhardt and have been trying to find some helps to learn swing guitar online, but theres nothing. your lessons on here have been a big help, and until i'm out of college and can afford to find someone to teach me in real life, its all i've got. thanks so much. swing manouche!

  • At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    all your other mp3 links work perfectly but the three on top have broken links. Love the blog

  • At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i get a strange message about uploading when i click the mp3. seems like your links are broken. but i'd like to hear it. chord melodies = rock and rule!! ha

  • At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I really appreciate your blog and generosity. Would it be possible to repost "All of Me" with the chord transcript. Again thanks for you blog.

  • At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd like to listen but it looks like the mp3 links don't work.


  • At 2:51 AM, Blogger Jones Henry said…

    Good quality info. Lucky to me I came to your website not on purpose, but now I have bookmarked it. Moon Jams


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