“Imagine” Chord Melody
Hope you had a chance to check my previous video lesson in which I shared a chord melody arrangement of a Beatles tune…but re-harmonized using some Coltrane Changes! This week I am happy to bring you another Beatles related solo guitar arrangement. It is a jazzy rendition of one of John Lennon’s most beautiful compositions recorded during his post Beatles career… Imagine!
This concept of taking songs from the classic rock repertoire and giving them a jazzier treatment isn’t always well received by everyone. This is the same problem the pioneering bebop musicians had with the early standards, many of which were originally popular ballads.
Last week’s Beatles arrangement with Coltrane changes, to my surprise offended some viewers. If you check out the initial comments for it pinned at the top of the You Tube post, I was accused of creating an arrogant mockery and not having any respect for the original composition. Of course, this couldn’t be farther from reality! So I’m eager to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below. Want more?
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