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Chords and Rhythm

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Mood Indigo > Chords and Rhythm

Hi Folks,

This week the great Ellington classic Mood Indigo is our new tune to learn. Its a truly beautiful and simple piece of music that is fun. In fact its my favorite ballad to play. This weeks lesson is on the chord form and it's relatively easy song with easy changes. Get the chords down and then we'll start working on the chord melody ala my arrangement.

See you at Sonic Junction!

Duke

 

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Jazz

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Loop 1:00 Breakdown of First Section Rhythm

Loop 9:27 Breakdown of Second Section Rhythm

Loop 11:25 Practice Loop of Rhythm

 

Download the Sheet Music PDF

  

Loop 13:25 Closing Thoughts

 

 

 

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 09, 2017

Hi Lauren, Thanks, a good way to arrange it would be to Play the chord melody then sing it after. In the 30s the style was a big musical set up then sing one chorus and more music with just the one vocal chorus. I like that approach myself. but of course what ever you want to accentuate is a personal preferance. So I say have fun with it how ever you chose to do it. Duke

digitallake@me.com
digitallake@me.com Mar 13, 2017

Hi Duke,

(so happy to have found this site and your lessons here!)
Love this tune, Thanks!

If i'm trying to sing this would i lighten/play less melody - (or leave some out altogether) for verses?

 

Thank you!
Lauren

Tom K.
Tom K. Mar 06, 2017

Wow , that's nice !!!  Thanks Duke .

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 09, 2017

My Pleasure Tom! Duke

charlie
charlie Mar 04, 2017

What a treat! And can't wait to get into that melody - sounds like the Sinatra version, on 'Wee Small Hours of the Morning' (best Sinatra album? So heavy it should only be available on prescription!)

Thanks Duke!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 09, 2017

Hi Charlie, I love Sinatra's version of it. Fabulous arrangement also! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Mar 03, 2017

Hey Duke! Well, Duke Ellington is my main man, so I'm in heaven with this tune. I feel like my slow feel has really improved. Would love to hear what you think of this. If you get a chance, I'd also love to get your opinion (good or bad!) on my version of "Judgement Day" from the last lesson. I've gotten mixed reviews. My wife doesn't like it, but she's not really much of a blues fan. I think there are some places where the two guitars really work together well, where they sound like more than a sum of the parts. But it would mean a lot to me to hear what you think about both this lesson, the chords for "Mood Indigo", and also "Judgement Day".  I include both of them here for your convenience. ;-) Hope all is well with you! Thanks, Bruce

 

Midnite Mike
Midnite Mike Mar 03, 2017

Hello Duke,

   Hope all is well. I like your chord work, it would be really grand if SJ could print your chords to these songs in chord boxes, labeling the name of the chord at the top of the chord box, also including what fret the chord starts on the botton of the chord box, it would be a great help and learning tool. Reason is, I can hardly see your fingers from my small screen,

Thanks,

Mike 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 09, 2017

Hello Mike, I think that is a reasonable request. I'll mention it. Thanks, Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 09, 2017

Hello Mike, I think that is a reasonable request. I'll mention it. Thanks, Duke

 
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