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Stella By Starlight

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“Stella By Starlight” is arguably one of the most popular jazz standards of all time. This tune is a must know for any situation a jazz musician may encounter. This tune was written by Victor Young and was featured in the 1944 film “The Uninvited”. Ned Washington later wrote lyrics to it in 1946. It has been recorded and performed by many of jazz’s greatest and there are a lot of great recording out there to check out. Its been played as a ballad, at medium tempos and even fast tempos. Stella is most commonly played in the key of Bb Major.

If you’d like an in-depth¬†analysis of this tune and learn how to improvise over it, check out How to Improvise Over “Stella By Starlight.”

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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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