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If I Were A Bell

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“If I Were A Bell” is a tune composed by Frank Loesser. It was written for his 1950 musical “Guys and Dolls”. Miles Davis recorded it on his 1956 Prestige record “Relaxin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet” and made this tune popular among jazz musicians. Since than it has been recorded and played by many other artists and is still a common jam session tune.
Note: Listen to the Miles recording and notice the intro. This arrangement is commonly used amongst jazz musicians. Its essentially a C pedal with a short melody mimicking the sound of bells.

Be sure to check out the recording! This is not included in the play-along. This tune is most commonly played in the key of F major.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

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."


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