Ray Charles – What I’d Say:
You can’t go wrong with Ray. This classic blend of gospel and blues, with a pinch of Latino spice, is certainly worth the effort. From the first note, I’m caught by its smooth, infectious bassline. There are more challenging riffs to come, but this bassline is what holds the piece together.
Fair warning. Beginners might find some of this song’s rhythmic elements a bit difficult. At first. Luckily, the groovy core of the piece is easy to master with Songsterr’s clear and straightforward tablature.
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World (Acoustic):
Where would jazz be today without Louis Armstrong? That gravelly voice will echo throughout history, and it’s a joy to play along with this famous hit. Songsterr’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ captures all of Armstrong’s brilliance with an easy-to-follow tab. While the guitar might not have been Louis’ instrument of choice, Songsterr’s version for guitar does the piece a simple kind of justice.
George Gershwin – Summertime (Original Score):
‘George Gershwin’ is a name you cannot keep out of the jazz conversation. Not for very long, at least. While many of us have adored his ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ from a distance, few of us could ever play the thing. Unless, of course, you happen to be a concert pianist.
Luckily, Songsterr covers one of Gershwin’s most commonly hummed (and equally loved) tunes, ‘Summertime.’ It makes this musical giant a little more accessible to music-lovers everywhere. Beginners can play along with the melody in Songsterr’s title ‘Summertime.’ While advanced users can try the bass and harmony version titled, ‘Summertime (Original Score).’ It could be a better challenge.
Scott Joplin – The Entertainer:
That being said, any true jazz soul will appreciate this one. Originally written for piano, Songsterr offers a remarkable tab for guitar. So now it’s possible to enjoy the light-hearted genius of a classic Joplin ragtime on your acoustic.
Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why:
Let’s fast forward, a little. While jazz has surely come a long way, it is far from being exhausted as a genre. Some modern artists still produce fantastic, simple, jazz-inspired tunes.
Norah Jones is no exception. ‘Don’t Know Why’ is a beautiful melody I cannot help singing along with. And Songsterr’s easy-to-learn adaption certainly has me singing.
Thelonious Monk – Straight, No Chaser:
Last, but certainly not least, is one of jazz’s most influential artists. Monk is the second-most recorded jazz composer in history. He is a titan of jazz, with much of his work effortlessly sliding way into the standard jazz repertoire. ‘Straight, No Chaser’ is one such example. And thanks to Songsterr’s playback feature, you can listen to the piece before having a go at it for yourself.
There’s also the option of upgrading to Songsterr Plus. This means enjoying the magic of Tempo Control, and many other features.
I found the tool particularly useful for this fast-paced classic. Tempo Control allows you to slow-down (or speed-up, if so inclined) playback speed without changing the pitch of each note. So when Monk starts heating things up in the solo, there’s no need to be overwhelmed.