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In A Mellow Tone

Melody Breakdown

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In A Mellow Tone > Melody Breakdown

Hello Everyone,

This week we learn the melody for "In a Mellowtone" the great Duke Ellington song based on the changes to Rose Room. Notice the melody is very simple. The changes going on underneath the melody make the tune call attention to the melody. It's a fun song to play so get the melody right and we'll move on to soloing.






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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Melody to In A Mellow Tone


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Loop 1:22 Breakdown of In A Mellow Tone Melody

Loop 21:50 Variations and Closing Thoughts





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charlie Sep 10, 2017

Thanks Duke - I'm a week behind on lessons. Got to say I've loved every lesson you've taught on SJ, but this one is something extra special! :)

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 24, 2017

Glad you are enjoying it Charlie, This song has a lot of blues feel in it and it's a simple and great form to play over. Have #in with it! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Sep 03, 2017

Hey Duke! So here's where I'm at with the melody and fills. It sure is tricky adding in those fills, but a lot of fun. I have to keep reminding myself that I have plenty of time and not drop the end of the phrase in order to get to the next position on the neck. I'm also working hard to be more focused and play with a clear intention. I would love to hear what you think about how it's going. ;-) Thanks for all the great ideas! Best, Bruce  

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Sep 02, 2017

Wow lots to remember. I love the hesitation before the melody comes. I think that is syncopation? 

Hearing this back i should have increased the gain a tad. Next time. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 24, 2017

Hey Steve, Good playing. It would be a good idea to relax the feel a little bit so it has that easy feel the the song has. This tune is at a tempo that encourages double timing which you may want to try at times in your solo. Keep up th e good work, Duke 

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