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Lullaby Of Birdland

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“Lullaby Of Birdland” is a tune written by George Shearing in 1952 in honor of Charlie Parker and “Birdland” the jazz club named after him. Lyrics were written by George David Weiss.
This is a fairly simple tune but lots of fun to play on. It is a popular one among singers so if you work with them often this is a good one to know. Be prepared to play this tune in any key! It’s not often a singer will call tunes in the original key. The trick for this tune is realizing that it only harmonically moves between its major tonal center and its relative minor.
The most common keys it is played in among instrumentalists is arguably Ab major and Eb major.
The play-along is in Ab major.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

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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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