How to Read Lead Sheets

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Lesson Description

The lead sheet is the basic form of notation for the jazz repertoire. Composed of the melody, written in treble clef, and chord symbols, written above the staff, a lead sheet confers only the most basic elements of a tune. The ability to read and interpret lead sheets is a fundamental skill for every jazz player. In this lesson, learn how to interpret notation and chord symbols common to jazz lead sheets. 


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Bill Rinehart
Bill Rinehart

About the instructor

Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on