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If I Should Lose You

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“If I Should Lose You” is composed by Ralph Rainger with lyrics by Leo Robin. This tune was first presented in the 1935 film “Rose Of The Rancho”. Norman Granz recorded Charlie Parker playing a rendition on his 1949 “Bird With Strings” record, leading this tune to become more popular as improvisational vehicle amongst jazz musicians. The melody is passionate and beautiful, and the lyrics compliment perfectly.

This tune was originally written in A minor, however jazz musicians have played and recorded it in many different keys. The common jam session key tends to be G minor.

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for 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."


  1. The chords to If I Should Lose You for E flat instruments are not transposed. The key signature is correct, but the chords are the same as the C version.


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