You can learn how to play Dream A Little Dream Of Me by Mama Cass!
Dream a Little Dream Of Me is a song that was mainly made famous by Mama Cass. It was also sung by Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and probably most aspiring female jazz singers worldwide.
My one acoustic guitar arrangement is based on the Mama Cass version.
This is a relatively complex arrangement with many chords. To fully understand it you need complete TAB and step by step guidance, this is available in the advanced acoustic guitar course.
Dream a Little Dream Of Me is in the key of C during the verse but then modulates to the key of A for the chorus. This could be seen as a modal interchange.
The verse progression is packed with strange slash chords and exotic extensions, it goes like this:
| C F#dim7 | Ab13 G | C C/B C/Bb |
| A7 | F | Fm | C Ab7 | G6 |
Before the chorus, you swap the last two bars for | C Ab7 G7 | C E |
The last E chord is a IIIx chord, rather than an Em which would have been a standard III chord.
This modification points more strongly towards (what should have been) an Am.
The chorus, actually in the key of A major works great after the E chord. This is a simple yet effective way to change key.
The progression is more straightforward, it goes like this:
| A F#m | Bm7 E | x3
After playing the above three times you finish off with Ab7 and G7 in the same bar. This sets you up for the verse in the key of C again.
If you want all the TAB for how this is done in the video above you need to turn to the guitar lessons in course.
Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Guitar Lessons
Dream A Little Dream Of Me by Mama Cass will soon be available as eight step by step guitar lessons.
Until then, there’s complete TAB for what I play in the video available.
Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Lyrics
Stars shining bright above you,
night breezes seem to whisper, “I love you”.
Birds singing in the sycamore tree,
dream a little dream of me.
Doris Day – Biography
Having achieved success as a big band singer, film actress, recording artist, and radio and television performer, Doris Day became one of America’s best-loved entertainers of the 50s.
Hits include Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Que Sera, Sera, and Over The Rainbow.
Go to Doris Day – Biography.
Ella Fitzgerald – Biography
Ella Fitzgerald released 61 studio albums and 25 live albums between 1936 and 1989. Crowned the First Lady Of Song, she is recognized for performing and recording most of the Great American Songbook.
Before this, she pioneered scat-singing in the 40s as a devoted Bebop singer.
Go to Ella Fitzgerald – Biography.
Mama Cass – Biography
Mama Cass spent most of her time and had the most success with the band The Mamas & The Papas, a hugely successful vocal group between 1965 and 1968.
During this short period of time, the band became world-famous by getting eleven top 40 singles from five albums.
Go to Mama Cass – Biography.