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Honeysuckle Rose

Solo - Last A Section

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Honeysuckle Rose > Solo - Last A Section

Hi Folks,

This week we are doing the last A section of the solo for Honeysuckle Rose. We start off after the bridge by playing a short reference to the melody then a rake on a riff that is reminencent of Barney Kessel. I follow that with a "quote" from Duke Ellington's Rockin' in Rhythm melody. It's common in jazz to quote little sections of melodies as well as solo parts to make up your solo statement. Having a warehouse full of melodies and riffs that work over swing changes can only help when it comes to improvising a solo. In this video lesson I give a lot of advise about this sort of thing and remember, listening to a lot of this music is important to getting the riffs and sounds in your head. So listen to lots of swing and as many versions of each song you want to learn as you can. It will really help. So let's see some videos of you playing the whole song and I will make suggestions for you.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Duke Robillard
Ella Fitzgerald
Honeysuckle Rose

Backing Track

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Solo to Honeysuckle Rose


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 1:25 Breakdown of Solo

Loop 8:37 Quoting Melodies in Jazz

Loop 11:08 Closing Thoughts





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Bernard Parent
Bernard Parent Jul 22, 2016

By pure chance I found a "jazz drum track brushes 150 bpm back track"( on the Tube) and it doesn't sound that faster than Duke's105bpm. How come ?it seems to fit Honeysuckle perfectly. Any suggestion on how to get some brushes back tracks are welcome! ( I can't stand the click of the metronome)

  Take good care , Bernard

Bernard Parent
Bernard Parent Jul 22, 2016

 I sometimes do it better, I still have quite a few hours 's works before mastering the tune, but I hve  lmost memorise it !once step t  time!

Bernard Parent
Bernard Parent Jul 21, 2016

I made a video showing how much I still have to progress, but I can't load it! Too bad!

Tom K.
Tom K. Jul 21, 2016

Yes , really a great lesson . Great song !!! Thanks Duke.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 20, 2016

Thank you Charlie!

charlie Jul 20, 2016

What a great lesson - not just for the (as always) great music, but the love of it you expressed. Thanks Duke!

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