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The Song Is Ended

B Section & Last A Section Chords

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The Song Is Ended > B Section & Last A Section Chords

Hi Folks, We have a very special lesson for you this week as Paul shows you an incredible collection of chords, inversions and other great things to add to your rhythm playing and all within "The Song I Ended." He discusses picking techniques and just too many things to mention here.

Have fun! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Duke Robillard
Nat King Cole
The Song Is Ended
Irving Berlin
Paul Kolesnikow
Ella Fitzgerald

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Duke Intro

Loop 1:22 Moveable Chord Forms

Loop 6:10 Bridge Breakdown

Loop 8:25 Bridge (B), Last A Section (A) then A A B A

%11/T.X/X.11/2.11/2.X/X.X/X[Ebm7] / %X/X.11/2.10/1.11/3.X/X.X/X[Ab7] %11/2.X/X.10/1.11/3.X/X.X/X[/Eb] | %9/2.X/X.8/1.10/4.9/3.X/X[Db6] / %8/T.X/X.8/2.9/3.X/X.X/X[C7] / |


B Section

%8/2.X/X.6/1.10/4.X/X.X/X[Fm/C] / / / | / / / / |
%9/2.X/X.8/1.10/3.X/X.X/X[Db6] / / / | %8/1.X/X.8/2.9/3.X/X.X/X[C7] / / / |
%8/1.X/X.8/2.9/3.X/X.X/X[C7] / / / | / / / / | 
%X/X.8/3.6/1.8/4.X/X.X/X[Fm7] / %X/X.7/3.5/1.7/4.X/X.X/X[Em7] / | %X/X.6/3.4/1.6/4.X/X.X/X[Ebm7] / %X/X.6/3.4/1.5/2.X/X.X/X[Ab7/Eb] / |


Last A Section

%9/2.X/X.8/1.10/3.X/X.X/X[Db6] / / / | / / %9/1.X/X.9/2.10/3.X/X.X/X[Db7] / |
%9/2.X/X.8/1.11/4.X/X.X/X[Gb/Db] / / / | %9/2.X/X.7/1.11/4.X/X.X/X[Gbm/Db] / / / |
%9/2.X/X.8/1.10/3.X/X.X/X[Db6] / / / | %11/T.X/X.11/2.12/3.X/X.X/X[Eb7] / / / |
%11/T.X/X.11/2.11/2.X/X.X/X[Ebm7] / %X/X.11/2.10/1.11/3.X/X.X/X[Ab7] / | %9/2.X/X.8/1.10/3.X/X.X/X[Db6] / %X/X.11/2.10/1.11/3.X/X.X/X[Ab7] / |


Loop 10:10 Chord Variations

Loop 17:39 Right Hand Technique




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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 18, 2014

I will have to check on that Jeff.

Jeff Caldwell
Jeff Caldwell Dec 11, 2014

Hi, Paul and Duke, great lesson!  I notice that Paul calls the second chord in the bridge Gmi7b5 while the tab calls it Db6; is that because we're considering the bridge to be in the key of F minor all the way to the final Ab7 that returns us to the key of Db?

Joe Ferlo
Joe Ferlo Apr 07, 2014

good leson Paul.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 07, 2014

Hi Charles, I hope that helps! Duke.

charles o'brien
charles o'brien Mar 07, 2014

Thank you, Paul Kolesnikow (in the video) and Duke (in the remark below), for the comments on the strumming pattern. I find the four-to-the-bar swing rhythm incredibly difficult to get right--devilishly so, since it seems like it ought to be easy. Your observations help us see that getting the right sound may have to do with the strumming pattern.

Thanks, too, to Peter Wolf for posting the highly relevant Bo Diddley video. It's fascinating to see how swing fed into styles of music that aren't necessarily thought of as swing-like.

Paul Mar 16, 2014

charles-  practice using a metronome on all beats and  2&4.  try using a flecking motion.  keep in mind good guitarmanship.  play along with basie records/cds.  pk

mike Sep 15, 2016

To all the guitar players out there,


This technique is the opposite of the strumming style 99% of us began with. It is not easy to break the strum pattersn we all learned with. But, this is the right way.

When i started to play with older more experienced real musicians, I was really thrown by the simplicity of it, or what appeared to be simple. It is really tricky. I found using my freting hand to do the dampening helped. Keep practicing!!!!!

what a great song and it works as a straight pnetatonic riff for all you blues guys out there.


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 07, 2014

Hi Peter, Its funny, I've been playing this kind of rhythm guitar so long I dont really think about it anymore but I think I lift my left hand up slightly between every beat while strumming. Because I can't play now I can't try it to see what I do intuitively. I'll see if I can get Pauls take on this. Duke

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Mar 04, 2014

Hi Paul or Duke,

When I strum, my strings ring too long.  I don't get the nice punchy pulse that Paul gets.

Does one choke the strings?  Should I be damping with the edge of my hand.  Or is it a quality of a nice hollowbody guitar?

Also, do you strum an evenly, or is it more like "boom chuck, boom chuck..."?



Paul Mar 16, 2014

peter-  there is a slight release in your left hand.  don't let the chords ring.  don't dampin w/your strumming hand! it's more of an even strum.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 02, 2014

Hey Peter, That's very interesting how Bo does that S movement also. There is a sort of 'swing' in his rhythm. I love seeing teenagers going crazy over Bo, Very coo! Duke 

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Mar 01, 2014

Thanks Paul, that was a very interesting point about the figure 8 strum.  I also noticed, and wondered about it.  Here's Bo Diddley doing it in a very different style.

Also, I love how you make smooth chord motion by doing inversions and substitutions.

Tom K.
Tom K. Mar 01, 2014

Excellent !!!  Thank you Paul .

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