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Jazz Guitar Lesson: George Benson, "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams"

With 40 years of teaching professionally, I have taught countless students (beginners to advanced) how to play or improve their chops.

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I did this arrangement of "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" many years ago after hearing George Benson's version. It's a beautiful melody and one of my favourite Benson pieces—and I have many!

Chord Shapes

I found this tune very easy to arrange. Many of the chords are the same name, just different inversions and voicings. Measure one is a good example of this. The first Ab Major (beat one), is the second inversion. Chord spelling is Eb (fifth), Ab (first, or root), C (third). This chord could also be an Fm7. Chord spelling: Eb (seventh), Ab (minor third), C (fifth). In this case there would be no root. The second Ab Major (beat 3), is the root position. Chord spelling: Ab (first, or root), C (third), Eb (fifth), Ab (first, or root, octave higher).

Diminished Chords

Diminished chords are very interesting. On the guitar fretboard, diminished loosely translates to one fret lower. Mostly used as passing chords (chords that are used to connect two chords, rarely used as the basis for a song), the chord repeats three frets higher.

For example: G dim7 contains the notes, G (root), Db (diminished fifth), E (diminished seventh), Bb (minor third). Three frets higher (based on the eighth fret), the chord contains the same notes in a different order: Bb (root), E (diminished fifth), G (diminished seventh), Db (minor third). Three frets higher than that (based on the eleventh fret), the same notes again in a different order: Db (root), G (diminished fifth), Bb (diminished seventh), E (minor third). Three frets higher (based on the fourteenth fret): E (root), Bb (diminished fifth), Db (diminished seventh), G (minor third). Every note in the chord can be thought of as a root note. When playing a G dim7, you are also playing Db dim7, an E dim7, and a Bb dim7.

In old movies and cartoons, this progression was commonly used when the villain entered the room. I employed this movement in an arrangement for "God Bless The Child."

"Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" Chord Shapes (In Playing Order)

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"Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" Standard Notation and Tablature

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rick on October 15, 2014:

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Lorne Hemmerling (author) from Prescott on January 28, 2012:

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Bonny OBrien from Troy, N.Y. on January 28, 2012:

Of course once again great hub! And lots of great info.