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The Song Is Ended


A Section Chords

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The Song Is Ended > A Section Chords

Hello Folks, This week I am helped out by my friend, jazz guitarist and teacher, Paul Kolesnikow. Paul and I have played together a lot and are on quite a few albums together. We are working on the Irving Berlin classic "The Song is Ended" from my "Swingin' Session" CD. Here Paul breaks down the chords into two sets of voicing for the first A section. The lower chords that I would normally play and a set of the same chords voiced higher that can be played with the lower voicings or played as a alternative and also used to build up the excitement by going from low to high. Next week we will continue with Paul teaching the chording to the rest of the song and more alternative voicings and a rhumba bridge that is in my arrangement if the tune.

Enjoy! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
standards
Duke Robillard
A Swinging Session
The Song Is Ended
Irving Berlin
Paul Kolesnikow

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Loop 0:00 A Swinging Session - Pick Up a Copy at Amazon

Loop 1:48 Duke Intro

Loop 2:08 Breakdown A Section (Song is A A B A)

Loop 7:40 Run-Through of First Two A Sections

/ %4/T.X/X.4/2.5/3.6/4.X/X[Ab13] %X/X.X/X.3/1.3/1.4/3.4/3[Db6/9] / | / %4/2.X/X.3/1.4/3.X/X.X/X[Db7/Ab] / / |
%9/2.X/X.8/1.11/4.X/X.X/X[Gb/Db] / / / | %9/2.X/X.7/1.11/4.X/X.X/X[Gbm/Db] / / / |
%9/2.X/X.8/1.10/4.9/3.X/X[Db6] / / / | %11/T.X/X.11/2.12/3.X/X.X/X[Eb7] / / / |
%11/T.X/X.11/2.11/2.X/X.X/X[Ebm7] / / / | %X/X.11/2.10/1.11/3.X/X.X/X[Ab7] / %11/2.X/X.10/1.11/3.X/X.X/X[/Eb] / |

Second A Section

%9/2.X/X.8/1.10/4.9/3.X/X[Db6] / / / | %9/T.X/X.9/2.10/3.X/X.X/X[Db7] / / / |
%9/2.X/X.8/1.11/4.X/X.X/X[Gb/Db] / / / | %9/2.X/X.7/1.11/4.X/X.X/X[Gbm/Db] / / / |
%9/2.X/X.8/1.10/4.9/3.X/X[Db6] / / / | %11/T.X/X.11/2.12/3.X/X.X/X[Eb7] / / / |
%11/T.X/X.11/2.11/2.X/X.X/X[Ebm7] / %X/X.11/2.10/1.11/3.X/X.X/X[Ab7] %11/2.X/X.10/1.11/3.X/X.X/X[/Eb] | %9/2.X/X.8/1.10/4.9/3.X/X[Db6] / %8/T.X/X.8/2.9/3.X/X.X/X[C7] / |

 

Loop 8:55 Breakdown of Lower Voicing A Section

Loop 9:50 Run-Through of First Two A Sections with Lower Voicings

/ %4/T.X/X.4/2.5/3.6/4.X/X[Ab13] %X/X.X/X.3/1.3/1.4/3.4/3[Db6/9] / | / %4/2.X/X.3/1.4/3.X/X.X/X[Db7/Ab] / / |
%2/2.X/X.1/1.3/4.2/3.X/X[Gb6] / / / | %2/2.X/X.1/1.2/3.X/X.X/X[Gbm6] / / / |
%4/2.X/X.3/1.6/4.X/X.X/X[Db/Ab] / / / | %6/2.X/X.5/1.6/3.X/X.X/X[Eb7/Bb] / / / |
%6/2.X/X.4/1.6/3.X/X.X/X[Ebm7/Bb] / / / | %4/T.X/X.4/2.5/3.X/X.X/X[Ab7] / / / |

Second A Section

%4/2.X/X.3/1.6/4.X/X.X/X[Db/Ab] / / / | %4/2.X/X.3/1.4/3.X/X.X/X[Db7/Ab] / / / |
%2/2.X/X.1/1.3/4.2/3.X/X[Gb6] / / / | %2/2.X/X.1/1.2/3.X/X.X/X[Gbm6] / / / |
%4/2.X/X.3/1.6/4.X/X.X/X[Db/Ab] / / / | %6/2.X/X.5/1.6/3.X/X.X/X[Eb7/Bb] / / / |
%6/2.X/X.4/1.6/3.X/X.X/X[Ebm7/Bb] / %4/T.X/X.4/2.5/3.X/X.X/X[Ab7] / | %4/2.X/X.3/1.6/4.X/X.X/X[Db/Ab] / %8/T.X/X.8/2.9/3.X/X.X/X[C7] / |

 

Loop 12:35 Closing Thoughts

 

 

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chuck gillis
chuck gillis Feb 24, 2014

Hi guys, hope I'm not being a pest, but so many things are of interest to me.  In addition to wanting to be a great melody and improv player, I want to be a great "comp" player.  One of the styles I like, you might find on some of the old Mills Bros music, I'm not sure but it might be called alternate bass.  I found some things on utube but can't quite figure it out.  It looks like the bass lines are taken right from the chord being played.  It occured to me that this song mighrt be a good one to use for examples. You mentioned you were going to show some more comping styles, hope you can fit this into the sessions. If not, not problem, I'm really enjoying the lessons, so lot's to work on. Thanks again, Chuck

Roger
Roger Feb 22, 2014

Paul and Duke, thank you so much. This is a great lesson and I am really excited about this series - especially the right hand pulse technique ( Paul your right hand strum sounds so full and yet percussive at the same time).

 

Paul could you elaborate a little more on the shell voicings?  For example would the shell voicing be the 3rd, 5th and 7th? From a theory perspective, why is it that the tones in the shell voicing don't get in the way of the soloist?

 

Thanks!

chuck gillis
chuck gillis Feb 21, 2014

Great stuff Duke, this is the kind of playing that attracted me to guitar. Waited too late in life to get into it, but glad I started anyway. I can see I'm going to have to pick up a couple of these CD's so I can get the melody locked in my "ear"  Is there an easy way to memorise chord progressions, it all looks so easy, but I sure have a hard time remembering where to go next, if I don't have a sheet in front of me?  Hope you heal soon, but Paul does a good job, personaly I would enjoy more of this kind of music.  I recently came across a CD called "Moonglow" by Swing Soniq.  Great swing guitar in my humble opinion, If you haven't heard it, might be worth a listen. Thanks

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 21, 2014

HI Chuck, Thanks, If you back through my other swing lessons you will start to realize that there are my simularities in many of the chord progressions of the tunes I teach. In all of the jazz / swing repitore this is something you see more and more with every song you learn. In reality most swung songs are just variations of other songs with a few variations. The more progressions you learn, the more you will see that and it will become easier to remember them. Good luck and enjoy Paul's lessons while I am recooperating. Duke 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 21, 2014

Hi Duke --- beautiful tune.  I've always loved this album and the chords and melody on this song are stunning.  As I was listening to this album again, it struck me what great musicians you had on it:  Paul, Scott Hamilton, Sax Gordon, Marty --- sometime we need you to talk about how you bring together such a great team!

Hi Paul --- I love the voicings of these chords.  It's really nice how you hum the melody as you play the run-throughs --- it's beautiful.  I really want to learn how you get that rhythm.  It's fantastic.  Great to have you a part of Sonic Junction.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 21, 2014

Thanks Mike, I will do that. Enjoy, Duke

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Feb 21, 2014

Welcome Paul.  Awesome lesson! 

Thank you so much for teaching us :-D

Paul
Paul Mar 16, 2014

hey peter-  you're welcome.  thank you.

Tom K.
Tom K. Feb 21, 2014

Very nice !!!  Thank you Paul . Thank you Duke .

 
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