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In this lessson we will learn to comp the chords. Typically, when playing a jazz standard in an instrumental setting or a with a vocalist, the guitarist will be expected to play the chords of the song. Usually, as a guitarist you will use a lead sheet. A lead sheet has the melody and the chords of the song. You will be expected to play the chords in a way that supports the melody (being played or sung) harmonically and rhythmically without getting in the way, or drawing too much attention to your comping.

The overall form of this tune is very typical of Gershwin tunes, musical tunes and jazz standards in general. There are two chourses, followed by a bridge, followed by the return of the chorus. So, it's A, A, B, A. This form then repeats until the end. The vocalist or instrumental soloists take turns soloing over the entire form.

In our version, we'll play through the whole form twice.

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