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Lesson 22: Rhythm Changes – yabba dabba doo!

Posted in chord changes, jazz, Jazz Guitar with tags , on March 4, 2009 by Staff Writer

Trying to get back into the swing of things with some regularity of lessons with Master. Visited him last Sunday. Among other things, we discussed ‘Rhythm Changes’, i.e. some purportedly very common changes used in millions of jazz tunes and especially from a tune called ‘I got rhythm’.  I’d heard of these before and devoured the info eagerly.

We started with the vanilla-flavored progression:

Bbmaj7 | G7 | Cmin7 | F7 | Dm7 | G7 | Cmin7 | F7

Bbmaj7 | Bdim7 | Ebmaj7 | Ebmin7 | Dm7 | G7 | Cmin7 | F7

D7 | % | G7 | % | C7 | % | F7 % |

…back to top.

Anyway, I hadn’t heard of I Got Rhythm. Nor any of Anthropology, Oleo, Lester Leaps Off (?) and about half a dozen other tunes he mentioned. However, we hit the motherlode when he said “Flintstones”.  Yep – this progression is the one that backs that most famous of stone-age cartoon creations (though I prefer the ‘R’ rated version you can find on the web [F*ckstones – go Google it]).

There are many substitution opportunities – zillions, but I’m too lazy to post them. Will eke some out as I learn more.