This week we start on a great Duke Ellington classic, "In a Mellowtone." This tune has and A and B section of 16 measures each and is a really fun progression to play on. In The key of Ab it begins with a chord introduction that alternates with bass lines. Then it on the melody it starts on Bb7. It has many dominant 7th chords where you might expect minor 7th chords. It's one of my favorite songs to play and I think you'll have a ball playing it. This week, as always, the first lesson is learning the chord progression.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of In A Mellow Tone
Loop 1:22 Breakdown of In A Mellow Tone Chords and Rhythm
Loop 15:30 Practice Loop of Chords and Rhythm
Loop 22:01 How Duke Solos and Closing Thoughts