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The Way You Look Tonight

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The Way You Look Tonight was written by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. It was first brought to the spot light by Fred Astaire in the 1936 hit film Swing Time. This brilliant composition was quickly adapted by jazz musicians and has been known as a jazz standard for many years. Pay special attention to the form on this song. It is the classic A-A-B-A form however the last A has an additional 4 bars added to it. Each section is 16 bars long, except for the last A which is 20 bars, all for a grand total of a 68 bar form. It is definitely important to check out vocal versions of this tune such as Frank Sinatra’s or Fred Astaire’s original. This will help you understand the melody better when you go to listen to instrumental versions.
This tune is most commonly played in the key of F major by instrumentalists.

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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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