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Chord Melody - First Section

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Mood Indigo > Chord Melody - First Section

Hi Folks, This week we work on my arrangement of the head to Mood Indigo. The first part is as a chord melody and then the second section is single notes for the Harry Carney clarinet melody. Of there are many ways to harmonize the melody but I chose to start with major 6th chords which are beautifully melodic and when going to the Bb 7 chord adding a ninth on top keeps it close voiced which gives it a Ellingtonian flair. Have fun learning this beautiful piece of music.

Enjoy!

Duke

 

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Jazz

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Loop 1:06 Breakdown of Chord Melody

Loop 12:10 Practice Loop of Chord Melody

 

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Loop 13:20 Variations and Closing Thoughts

 

 

 

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Stephen Ward
Stephen Ward Mar 26, 2017

Sorry about the background noise on the video by the way - it's not my playing! there was another culprit in the room!

Stephen Ward
Stephen Ward Mar 26, 2017

Hi Duke - I am new to sonic junction (based in Bristol, UK) but really enjoying your enthusiasm and old school approach. I have uploaded my bash at mood indigo chord melody first section. Any feedback welcome. 

Many thanks. Steve

Stephen Ward
Stephen Ward Mar 26, 2017

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 09, 2017

Hello Stephen, Welcome to Sonic Junction. Glad to have you aboard! You really nailed this and got every nuance of my arrangement. Thanks for signing up! Duke

charlie
charlie Mar 13, 2017

 Had sound trouble on my last attempt, so will delete that and post this. Absolutley loving this lesson - thanks Duke. Here I've done chord melody, rhythm and then tried to improvise a little solo. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 09, 2017

Hi Charlie, Good work. nice solo section and rhythm too. The only spot that needs work is on the melody in the beggining on the E Eb change. Altogether you sound very good playing this. What guitar are you playing? Very nice tone. Duke

charlie
charlie Apr 11, 2017

Thanks Duke! : ) The guitar is a Gretsch New Yorker http://acousticguitar.com/gretsch-g9550-new-yorker-big-apple-to-the-core/ Pretty decent, low cost archtop. They recently brought out a model with a pickup as well, but this one's without (nowhere to hide ; )

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Mar 11, 2017

Hi Duke! Beatiful arrangement! I didn't know that voicing for 6th chords. I get what you're saying about the dissonance, but I didn't like hearing the Gb in the Eb minor chord on the 11th fret. So I changed the voicing slightly by dropping the note on the G string down a fret to an F, so that the chord becomes Db F Bb Eb, making it a Bb minor 11. Thanks for the great lesson, can't wait for the next one! Best, Bruce

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 09, 2017

Good Job Bruce, Sounds really nice! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 11, 2017

My Pleasure Tom. On of my favs!

Tom K.
Tom K. Mar 10, 2017

Nice chords .  Very smooth .    Thanks Duke .

 
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