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Polka Dots and Moonbeams lesson
  • Newbie here! So psyched to interact with like-minded players on this forum! I'm a big fan of Telecasters, Jim's music and his lessons. Here are the ones I have purchased (I am still reaping the benefits!)

    Arpeggios as Exercises, Over the Rainbow, Rhythm Changes, and just last night I purchased and started working on Polka Dots and Moonbeams from Hank Garland's arrangement.

    For anyone that has worked through this lesson, did you notice: the turnaround that Jim plays and has tabbed out at the end of A1 (D7b9, Gm11, C13) is not the same as what Hank Garland plays for the same turnaround. (It sounds like Hank Garland is playing descending half step substitutions although I can't quite figure out the voicing of each.)

    Is Jim basing his transcription off another version? I think it's beneficial to know the iii-VI-ii-V where Jim has tabbed it for us. Just curious if anyone's come across this and if you (or Jim!) have the chords/voicings from Hank's recording for that particular turnaround.

  • Hi tomcom21,

    I just ordered this lesson. I'm working my way through it right now and loving it.

    As far as I know, there are two versions of Polka Dots and Moonbeams recorded by Hank Garland - the one released on Velvet Guitar (off which Jim's transcription is based) and an earlier (previously unissued) version which was released on a CD compilation called Move. This particular version is the mp3 included in the lesson and I guess that's what's confusing you, as there are slight differences between the two, the turnaround being one of them.

    I don't know the names of the chords, but that's how I hear it:


    Hope that helps!

  • Rogerio - Tomcom - Thank you for working this out and for your help. Yes, the transcription is from the record and I hope you enjoy the lesson.
    Have a great day- Jim

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