Dream A Little Dream Of Me

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Chords and finger style arrangement

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Dream A Little Dream Of Me chords and finger style arrangement


Dream a Little Dream Of Me is a song that was mainly made famous by Mama Cass. It was also sung by Doris Day and probably most aspiring female jazz singers worldwide.

My one 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, this is available when you take the master course.

Verse progression

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.

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.

The modification points more strongly towards what should have been Am.

Chorus progression

The chorus, actually in the key of A major works great after the E chord. This is a very simple yet effective way to change key.

The progression is more straightforward, 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 you need to take the master guitar course.

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Dream A Little Dream Of MeStars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper, “I love you”
Birds singing in the sycamore tree
Dream a little dream of me

Go to Dream A Little Dream Of Me lyrics.

Doris Day

doris-day-thumbHaving 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.

Among her most famed vocal performances are Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Que Sera, Sera, and Over The Rainbow.

Go to Doris Day biography.

Ella Fitzgerald

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 the Songbook recordings, Ella pioneered scat-singing in the 40s as a devoted Bebop singer.

Go to Ella Fitzgerald biography.

Mama Cass

mama-cass-thumbMama Cass spent most of her time and had the most success with the band The Mamas & The Papas. They were a hugely successful vocal group between 1965 and 1968.

During this short period of time, The Mamas And The Papas became world-famous by getting eleven top 40 singles from five albums

Go to Mama Cass biography.


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The master songs require you to extend chords and fully understand the modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.

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