Watch the Ja-Da Melody Guitar online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from 1-2-3 Jazz Guitar


The first melody I teach you is Ja-Da. This tune was written in 1918 and has been covered by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Al Jarreau. The first time I play through this 16 bar song I will play the straight melody, which is important to learn. Next time through I add some rhythmic variations. For example I may play a melody note 2 times instead of once, or play on the off-beat. The 3rd time through I will play the melody adding embellishments to spice it up a bit. Let's do it!