and endings are very important when playing jazz standards because
it will show the listener that you have thought about some kind
of arrangement, rather than counting off a tune and blowing
through it, only to stagger at the end and almost cause a train
Endings are especially important when accompanying singers as
you can design the "big finish". One popular and very
successful way to approach the end of a song is by landing on
the tonic note and harmonizing a group of chords with the tonic
note at the top of each, but without stating the tonic chord
until the very end. This way, you present an interrupted phrase
ending, some good tension and you can build up the final resolution.
For the three examples on the left, I have begun example with
a two five cadence and then the interrupted reharmonized chords.
Ex 1: Starts the interrupted phrase with a Bbmaj7 chord and
walks down in half steps, all with the tonic note F on top of
each chord. Start this at the 6th fret
Ex2: Starts the interrupted phrase with a Gbmaj7 chord, a half
step up from the tonic (home key) chord (use root on the 5 string
this time) and walks down eventually landing on the dominant
chord (C7sus4) and then finally F, the tonic chord.
Ex 3: Starts on C#13, a half step up from the dominant of Fmajor
and walks down.
You may have noticed that all three of these examples walk down
and eventually get home to F. Try your own ideas and maybe walk
up. Lots of room for potential here. Have fun!