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Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Chords, Rhythm and Soloing

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Don't Get Around Much Anymore > Chords, Rhythm and Soloing

Greetings Guitar players and New Years Greeters!

Here we are once again in the happy land of Social Music with the Duke Ellington classic “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” In this lesson we’ll examine a few different ways of playing some chords in the key of G - including E7, Am, C, Cm, and D7. This song can be played with open chord shapes but we’ll spend most of our time up the neck with closed chord shapes. We’ll also take a look at some bass runs (of course!) that can enhance the tune and lead from one chord to the next. And what about a solo section? Yes! Naturally we’ll work out a chord based instrumental section. As always, we’ll be looking at this as a song that’s fun to play and sing but also a way to learn some tricks and tips that can be applied to other songs you decide to take on. There are most certainly some jazz singers in your circles and they’ll be grateful that you have this one in your song bag…Let me know how it goes, people.

Happy Musical New Year to you all!!

Dan Zanes




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Don't Get Around Much Anymore


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 2:01 What You Will Learn

Loop 5:03 Breakdown of Chords and Rhythm

Loop 17:02 Solo Breakdown

Loop 23:28 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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Jay Mar 12, 2018

Hi Dan, I'm getting behind on my lessons, but loving them. Here's a stab at Don't Get Around Much Anymore.

How's the kreol going. Is there a Haitian song in our future?

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Mar 23, 2018

hey there Jay!

you're sounding great, man! i can tell you've put some time into this one. good use of those C7 shape 7th chords. the opening riff on the G chord is solid throughout. and i LOVE the chord based solo!

if i were to offer something to help you move forward it would be get a little further inside the song which pretty much happens when you play it more. the singing is 10X more confident than the first video you sent my way and that tells me that if you keep this going you'll really emerge as a great singer in addition to the guitar playing.

also, maybe keep an eye on how the right hand is dampening here and there to add some sonic variation to the song.

good work here brother!


Jay Jan 01, 2018

fantastic, Dan.

Happy New Year!

tim james
tim james Dec 29, 2017

how cool can ya get  again and  again mate ??!!

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jan 02, 2018

Ha!! Thanks Tim....

You know I apreciate that!

It's been a blast for me...that's for sure.

How's your playing? Is this helping??

I know it's helping MY playing!!

Happy New Year, Brother...



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