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 type 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.
Angel Eyes – Chords & Guitar Lessons
Angel Eyes is a jazz standard in the minor blues format. Using a walking bass, you should play this song differently every time by improvising the bass line.
If you have practiced your chords in every position you can easily add them, no matter where your walking bass leads you.
Angel Eyes – Lyrics
Try to think that love’s not around,
but it’s uncomfortably near.
My old heart ain’t gaining no ground,
because my angel eyes ain’t here.
Go to Angel Eyes – Lyrics.
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home – Chords & Guitar Lessons
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home is a Jazz/Blues written by Clarence Williams.
Sung by Bessie Smith, Nat King Cole & Ella Fitzgerald it has become a jazz standard.
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home – Lyrics
Baby won’t you please come home, ’cause your mama’s all alone.
I have cried in vain, never no more to call your name.
When you left you broke my heart,
’cause I never thought we’d part.