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The man who invented modern pop song phrasing!

Frank Sinatra was an iconic American jazz-oriented popular singer and academy, award-winning actor.

He made many tunes famous such as My Way, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Angel Eyes, Fly Me To The Moon, and New York, New York.

Frank’s legacy might best be summed up by Stephen Holden who wrote for the 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide: “Frank Sinatra’s voice is pop music history. Like Presley and Dylan – Sinatra will last indefinitely. He virtually invented modern pop song phrasing.”

Playing jazz standards

The Great American Songbook is packed with jazz standards like Angel Eyes and Baby Won’t You Please Come Home. Songwriting from this era can have very complex chord progressions that are not found in many of today’s contemporary hits.

The serious songwriter should study these types of compositions carefully.

Mainly intended for piano, the guitarist can learn a lot from adopting such compositions to their own instrument.

From a melodic point of view, the recordings that have become jazz standards are a must to learn, especially if Frank Sinatra recorded them! We can all learn from the way Frank phrased them.

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All Of Me

| Bbmaj7 | Bbmaj7 | D7 | D7 |
All of me, why not take all of me?
| G7 | G7 | Cm | Cm |
Can’t you see, I’m no good without you.

Go to All Of Me chords.

Angel Eyes

| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Try to think that love’s not around,
| Am Am/G Am/F# | Bm7 E7 |
but it’s uncomfortably near.

Go to Angel Eyes chords.

Baby Won’t You Please Come Home

| D7 | B7 | Em7 | A7 |
Baby won’t you please come home, ’cause your mama’s all alone.
| D7 | B7 | Em7 | A7 |
I have cried in vain, never no more to call your name.

Go to Baby Won’t You Please Come Home chords.

Fly Me To The Moon

Fly Me To The Moon chords

Am7 | Dm7 | G7 | Cmaj7 |
Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars.
Fmaj7 | Bm7b5 | E7b9 | Am7 A7 |
Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars.

Go to Fly Me To The Moon chords.

Frank Sinatra on the web

Listen to Frank Sinatra on Spotify.