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“Speak Low” was written in 1943 by composer Kurt Weill. It was first featured on the musical comedy “One Touch of Venus”. Ogden Nash wrote lyrics to this piece. Speak Low has been widely recorded and performed amongst jazz musicians and is an important tune to add to your repertoire. There is a set of popular hits during the head that are worth checking out. An example of this is a recording of Ahmad Jamal which you can find in “The Complete Ahmad Jamal Argo Trio Sessions”. This tune is most commonly played in the key of F major.

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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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