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I Got It Bad

Melody Breakdown

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I Got It Bad > Melody Breakdown

Hi Folks, We are learning the melody to I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good. I play and teach you the melody as its sung which is to be played at the front end of the song. Feel free to embellish on it as put your personal stamp on it once you have learned the actually melody. Try and think like a horn in your phrasing. This kind of mineset is good for playing beautiful melodies. Think about where a horn player would breath also. That is good practice for breaking up you phrases in good places.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Swing Guitar

Backing Track

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of I Got It Bad Melody


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Loop 2:02 Breakdown of Melody

Loop 20:01 Closing Thoughts




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Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 21, 2017

Hey Duke! In case you saw my previous video, please watch this one too. It's got a bit more coughing ;-) but much better playing. I'd really like to hear what you think. Thanks for the great lesson! 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 28, 2017

Great job Bruce! I love the way you play the melody with double stops. ery good idea! Nice solo also.Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 28, 2017

Thanks, Duke! I really appreciate hearing that! I'm getting a little closer all the time to being able to play more of what's in my head. Your lessons have helped me get over hurdles that I've struggled with for years. And I'm having a lot more fun. I've been pleasantly surprised, watching my own videos, to see myself smiling sometimes while I'm playing, rather than looking all nervous and full of self-doubt. I just LOVE to play the guitar! Thank you, Duke. May the watchful eye of Muddy Waters shine upon you. Best, Bruce

(a poster in my guitar room)  

charlie May 21, 2017

Beautiful track, and beautiful guitar - what's the model? 


My homework so far has been Duke, Sinatra and Monk, but ears are open for more...

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 28, 2017

The guitar is an Eastwood Airline Tuxedo Charlie. Thanks, Duke

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder May 20, 2017

Hi Duke

As suggested, i have listened to many different artist performing this classic. Most everyone sticks to the melody which i prefer. 

I couldn't find a version by Les Paul as I embellished a bit with him in mind. 



Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 28, 2017

Sounds great Steve nice job on the melody! Duke 

Tom K.
Tom K. May 20, 2017

Lovely !!! This is good . Thanks Duke .

Mike Caren
Mike Caren May 19, 2017

Hi Everyone -- backing track is up for I Got It Bad.

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