Angel Eyes Chords

Angel Eyes chords lesson

Learn how to play Angel Eyes!

‘Angel Eyes’ is a slightly less known jazz standard, sung by Frank Sinatra among others it was composed by Matt Dennis back in 1953.

The Verse is at home in Aeolian and very sad sounding.

Using an almost chromatic descending bass it moves: Am – Am/G – Am/F – Am/E – Am/Eb.

This creates a very sad background, so when moving to the bridge II – V – I, we get a serious dose of harmonic release.

The bridge section is actually in a new key and there’s plenty more to investigate when it comes to ‘Angel Eyes’ chord progression, I’ll tell you all about it in the Master Guitar Course.

Moving a progression around the fret board

Being in Am it is certainly very tempting to use the open position chords as you see first in the video.

The bass line really shines this way but staying down here for the whole song may have become a bit boring.

The second time the Verse appear the arrangement mix it up by playing around fret five instead using an Am in an Em shape, still applying the descending bass line.

When you go back to the open position Am it sounds even bigger!

By using different positions of the same chord progression like this we can create natural dynamics in any song.

Angel Eyes in the guitar course

This is a jazz standard and the whole point of a jazz standard is that you can play the melody as well as improvise over it.

When you take the Master Guitar Course we do just that by:

  1. Understanding the Chord Progression
  2. Identify the active modes
  3. Play the Vocal Melody
  4. Develop the Melody
  5. Improvise over all sections

Only by going this deep will you fully understand how ‘Angel Eyes’ is written. Only by going this deep can you learn from the song.