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Hi Folks, This week we are going to start working on the swing era warhorse Sweet Georgia Brown. A thoroughly fun tune that will break new ground for those not used to playing tunes with lots of changes. This tune is very simple though and is made up of dominant 7ths and minor 7ths so no fingerbusters here, just pure and simple swing guitar fun! This tune is a good one to learn for several reasons. First, it is a tune made up of 2 16 bar parts, an A section and a B section. The B section is the same as the A up to a point then after the first 8 measures the chords change in order to resolve the melody. Another cool thing about it is that it is in the key of F here but starts on D7 at the top of the melody. So there are several new elements introduced here in this tune for some of you.

Enjoy! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Swing
Duke Robillard
Sweet Georgia Brown
Swing Guitar

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loop @ 4:27 Intro 

%8/2.X/X.7/1.8/3.X/X.X/X[F7] %7/2.X/X.6/1.7/3.X/X.X/X[E7] %6/2.X/X.5/1.6/3.X/X.X/X[Eb7] %5/2.X/X.4/1.5/3.X/X.X/X[D7]
%3/T.X/X.3/2.4/3.X/X.X/X[G7] %3/2.X/X.2/1.3/3.X/X.X/X[C7] %1/T.X/X.1/2.2/3.X/X.X/X[F7] %5/T.X/X.5/2.6/3.X/X.X/X[A7]

 

loop @ 0:00 Intro + A Section (note: Duke is using lower voicings in the loop)

%10/T.X/X.10/2.11/3.X/X.X/X[D7] %10/2.X/X.9/1.10/3.X/X.X/X[G7] %8/T.X/X.8/2.9/3.X/X.X/X[C7] %8/2.X/X.7/1.10/4.X/X.X/X[F]
%5/T.X/X.5/2.6/3.X/X.X/X[A7]

 

loop @ 0:00 Intro + A Section + B Section

%X/X.5/1.7/3.7/4.6/2.X/X[Dm] %X/X.7/1.8/3.7/2.8/4.X/X[Em7b5] %5/T.X/X.5/2.6/3.X/X.X/X[A7]

 

Django Reinhardt

 

Herb Ellis and Dave Maslow

 

Doc Watson and David Grisman

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 20, 2014

Good work Steve! Looking forward to hearing more! 

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Dec 20, 2014

Thanks Duke. I posted the melody with a backing track over on lesson 2.

Cheers

Steve

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Dec 20, 2014

Hi Duke

I've been wanting to tackle this for a while now. It isn't perfect but its a start. I was able to play the melody along with this but my gear isn't capable to double tracking. I'll stick to guitar. thanks.

Loads of fun and will try upoading a melody and improvings at some point.

Cheers, Merry Christmas to you and your Family.

Steve

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 29, 2014

Thanks Steve, Hell, I'm aging too Steve. Enjoy the lessons! Duke 

Steve Satterwhite
Steve Satterwhite Oct 28, 2014

Doug Hinman and Tony G are old NYC friends. Looking forward to learning from your videos as I age down here in Texas.

 

Steve Sanderson
Steve Sanderson Mar 12, 2014

Thanks Duke, Steve

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 07, 2014

Thanks Steve, Glad you are enjoying the lessons. I play an A7 for 2 beats as a passing tone to get back to the 2nd section. Hope that's what you mean. Duke

Steve Sanderson
Steve Sanderson Mar 07, 2014

Hi Duke: Really enjoying the lessons! It is helping my playing progress( greatly appreciated by your old friend and my teacher, Paul Asbell). Anyway, I have a couple of questions: At the end of the first A section which you play in the lower voicing what are the chords you play in the passing tone following the 6 beats of the F7? Thanks, Steve 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jun 01, 2012

Hi Jeffro ... glad you are enjoying Duke's lesson!  Can you tell me more about your loop point issue?  You can either post it as a comment or email me (mike@sonic-junction.com).  Specifically, it would help to know what you are experiencing / seeing, your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) and any other info that could help me further understand it.  

Thanks!

Mike

 

jeffro
jeffro Jun 01, 2012

swingin"!!!  but the loop markers have 'taken over' my browser!!! how can I turn them off?  And, if "Meet Me at No Special Place" is your tune, would you consider sharing that one??  Great theme and it seems kind of like 'Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You"  similar structure, but I haven't lookd too deeply into it - Great tune, Great Album - 'Swingin' Session'...thanks!!!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 02, 2014

Hi Jeffro, I'll consider "Meet me at no special place" That tune has one of wildest chord progressions I know. Really odd! Thanks, Duke 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 30, 2012

Hi DaddyRay ... yes, makes sense.  I'm asking about fingerings as sometimes the voicings can be important and I'm trying to figure out if and how they should be included.  Again, appreciate the thougths, it helps us to make a better service.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 30, 2012

Hi DaddyRay ... thanks for feedback on the chord chart.  Can you tell me more what you are thinking?  Do you want just the chord names, or fingerings too?

If you have a couple minutes, it would be great to hear how you learn a song so I can understand the chord chart in the context of the whole process.  Thanks!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 29, 2012

Daddyray, We'll work on that! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 29, 2012

Hi Steve, It is a great sounding archtop and it has no electronics built into the top for a full acoustic sound. Duke

Steve Burdi
Steve Burdi Apr 28, 2012

I have a Gibson Wes for Jazz but yours sounds much more lively!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 28, 2012

Hi Steve, my guitar is a JW Murphy. James is an archtop builder from Michigan and he make beautiful sounding and playing guitars. I have two of them and a third being built for me now. Duke

Steve Burdi
Steve Burdi Apr 28, 2012

Duke,

What brand and model of guitar are you playing in this clip?

 
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