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In A Mellow Tone

Soloing with Double Stops

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In A Mellow Tone > Soloing with Double Stops

Hello Friends,

I hope you all are having fun with this tune. I always love playing it. This week we are learning the second chorus of solo. This time we employ a bit higher voiced lines to build excitement. As a general rule, lower register lines make for a more mellow sound/feeling. By going up to a higher register we create more excitement which is the general way we hear things. Once again, this should help give you some ideas as to what you can do in second position on this progression. Work on it and let me see some videos of the fruits of your labor.

Enjoy, Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Backing Track

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of In A Mellow Tone Solo with Double Stops and Chord Melody


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Loop 1:28 Breakdown of In A Mellow Tone Solo with Double Stops and Chord Melody

Loop 9:40 Closing Thoughts





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Francesco zecchini
Francesco zecchini Apr 05, 2024

Hi Duke, i really love your jazz style. Can you teach  other jazz/swing standard?

Thank you very much

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 01, 2020

Hi Marty, We that was fabulous! Great time and feel and you play your own chorus after mine and it flowed perfectly. That makes me very happy. Good going man!

Marty Perry
Marty Perry Oct 03, 2020

Hi Duke,Thanks so much for the feedback. Your lessons have made it possible for me to play this music. I can't thank you enough teaching on Sonic Junction. 

Marty Perry
Marty Perry Aug 16, 2020

Hi Duke, 

Here's my take on In A Mellow Tone. I made a backing track in iReal. I modified the intro- based on the version by Ella Fitzgerald. I played your solo for this first chorus and then improvised a chorus. Great lesson.

Thanks, Marty

Perry Gray
Perry Gray Apr 21, 2022

Nice playing, Marty!  :)

Marty Perry
Marty Perry May 21, 2022

Thanks Perry!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Sep 16, 2017

Hey Duke, me again. Here's my new version of this one. Hope you enjoy it! Glad to hear you've been recording, would love to hear some new stuff from you! This morning my wife and I did laundry while I was listening to Bill Jennings on my iPhone. Man, I can't believe that he isn't more well known. He's so great. Thanks so much for turning us on to him! Take care, hope you like my tune. Best, Bruce

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 24, 2017

Great job on this Bruce, I like your ideas and it's good to hear you improvising on the changes. You are playing very melodic and tasteful and it's really gratifying to see the results! Duke 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Sep 24, 2017

Thanks so much, Duke! In addition to teaching me how to play, you have taught me how to really *enjoy* playing the guitar. Looking forward to the next lesson and to hearing your new album! Best, Bruce

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Sep 16, 2017

Wow Duke, you have blown my mind with this lesson. You are doing exactly what you said, playing around inside the chord shape. At first it was like finding a constellation in the sky, trying to trace imaginary lines from different points, in this case notes, in order to create a shape, and in this case, the chord shape. Once I saw that you were literally (like you said) playing around in the chord shape, all I had to do was figure out what inversion you were thinking about and it was all laid out there, super clear, how you were playing through the chord. Another VERY good reason to learn those chords in the first lesson! ;-) Thanks a lot, Duke. I'm hoping to post a video by tomorrow. Bruce 

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Sep 15, 2017

Thanks Duke

Looking forward to getting into this lesson.

I have been busy myself providing backing guitar in a harmonica blow off/competition.

It is nice to know there are still young people interested in keeping the blues alive. 



Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 24, 2017

Good to hear you are working Steve! 

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Sep 25, 2017

Got to jam with members of Big Sugar and Powder Blue during a festival a few weeks back. Cool.


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