‘So What’ – Jazz Guitar Study
‘So What’ is without doubt one of the best known jazz compositions in what is termed the ‘modal jazz’ style. It consists of 16 bars of the D Dorian mode, followed by a half-step up modulation to Eb Dorian for eight bars, before returning to D Dorian for a final eight bars.
The composition was originally performed by Miles Davis (and his then sextet) on the landmark 1959 recording ‘Kind of Blue’ featuring Bill Evans on piano, Jimmy Cobb on drums, Paul Chambers on bass and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley.
Regarded by many critics as Davis’s masterpiece recording, ‘Kind of Blue’ is ranked number 12 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The composition is popular with many jazz guitarists and it has been recorded by Grant Green, Larry Coryell, George Benson and Larry Carlton to name just a few. The same two chord structure was later employed by tenor saxophonist John Coltrane on his own composition ‘Impressions’.
To begin with here is the ‘So What’ jazz guitar solo study played for you via MIDI piano:
Here’s a download link for the ‘So What jazz guitar solo study in MP3 format:
Now here is the PDF of the entire ‘So What’ solo played in the audio track above:
Finally, here is a backing track (played at a slower tempo) for you to play along with:
Here’s a download link for the backing track:
Enjoy playing this ‘So What’ jazz guitar study and I’ll see you next time.