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East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)

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“East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)” is a tune written by Brooks Bowman who at the time was an undergraduate student at Princeton University. It was published in 1934 and became the staple song of the “Princeton Nassoons”, an a capella group at Princeton. Since than it has become a popular standard among jazz musicians. Be sure to check out the lyrics on this one! I find that learning lyrics to tunes not only helps in memorizing and internalizing the music, but it also gives insight on what the tune could be expressing.
This tune is most commonly played in the key of G major.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

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Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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