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Old 08-13-2019, 10:41 AM
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Is there a Website with Jazz Standards Ranked by Difficulty ?

I've used Piano Library a lot recently to find new Classical piano pieces to play.

What I particularly like about this site is that it ranks works by difficulty (and even better by composer AND difficulty), so that I can quickly assess whether a work is my within reach technically : I pick a composer I like, find pieces I can already play and see what other pieces are ranked at the same level, or slightly higher. The icing on the cake is that it also has audio samples from the first few bars of each work, so that I can decide immediately whether I like one enough to spend time learning it.

Is there something comparable for jazz standards ?
Mais je porte accroché au plus haut des entrailles
À la place où la foudre a frappé trop souvent
Un cœur où chaque mot a laissé son entaille
Et d’où ma vie s’égoutte au moindre mouvement

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Old Yesterday, 03:20 PM
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Noted jazz educator Jamey Aebersold has a free .pdf, the Jazz Handbook, which can be downloaded here. It includes (on page 11) a list of standards divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced, with about a dozen tunes in each category.

It's hardly exhaustive, but a fine place to start. Plus, you'll have a lovely concise primer on jazz theory and practice!


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