Lesson 11: Rhythm Changes
What Is Rhythm Changes?
"Rhythm changes" is an AABA form based on the changes of George Gershwin's I Got Rhythm. In its simplest form it goes something like this:
|Bb G7 |Cm7 F7|Dm7 G7|Cm7 F7| |Bb Bb7|EbEdim|Bb G7 |Cm7 F7| |Bb G7 |Cm7 F7|Dm7 G7|Cm7 F7| |Bb Bb7|EbEdim|Bb F7 |Bb | |D7 | |G7 | | |C7 | |F7 | | |Bb G7 |Cm7 F7|Dm7 G7|Cm7 F7| |Bb Bb7|EbEdim|Bb G7 |Cm7 F7|
Examples - Tunes Based on Rhythm Changes
Listen to the following tunes:
Playing on Rhythm Changes
Rhythm changes tunes are generally played at medium-up to very fast tempos. This means that the changes fly by with what seems to be the speed of light and it is practically impossible to try to outline every single chord. You will need to make it easier for yourself. Common ways to make it easier are:
Rhythm Changes Vamps
The most commonly used rhythm changes vamps are:
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