Video Thursday: It Don't Mean A Thing



 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Words & Music by Duke Ellington, 1932
Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, 1966


I absolutely love music from the swing era. You might be interested in an article 
by Lee Evans that I shared with readers on my other blog. I've been asked to do a 
tutorial on this song and even though I've slowed the speed down in my video, 
I'll post another video showing all these fancy chords at a later date. For now, 
here are the chord progressions to this lively song.
 

You'll find an easy version to the song here. I've posted the chord chart below.

Em           D        C           C7   B7
What good is melody, what good is mu - sic

Em           D         C           C7   B7
If it ain't possessin' something sweet?

Em           D       C            C7   B7
It ain't the melody, it ain't the mu - sic --

        Em                   D        C        C7   B7
There's something else that makes the tune complete.


   Em            B+          Em7            Em6
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing --

A7               D7               G6               C7  B7
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat.

   Em            B+            Em7          Em6
It don't mean a thing, all you got to do is sing --

A7               D7               G6
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat.


Dm7          G7                CM7/6             CM7
It makes no diff'rence if that rhythm's sweet or hot,

Em7            A7     D7             C7   B7
Just give that rhythm ev'rything you got.


   Em            B+   Cdim   Em7   Cdim      Em6
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing --

A7               D7               G6               Gdim
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat,

A7               Cdim                  G6
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-waaaa.
 
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Now, in the Hal Leonard Jazz Book that I recommended yesterday, 
here are the piano chords. 


Gm    Gm/F   Eb7  D7  Gm  Gm/F    Em7b5 Eb7
What good is melody, what good is mu - sic

Gm    Gm/F   Em7b5      Eb7   D7#5  Gm
If it ain't possessin' something sweet?

Gm/F         Eb7 D7  Gm Gm/F      Em7b5 Eb7
It ain't the melody, it ain't the mu - sic --

Gm      Gm/F      Em7b5     Eb7       A7/E Eb7  D7
There's something else that makes the tune complete.


   Gm                  Gm/F  Eb7    D7      Gm
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing --

C7/G               Gb7b5           Cm7/F        Bb6
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat.

D7#5  Gm  Gm/F  Em7b5   Eb7    D7#5   Db7   C7
It don't mean a thing, all you got to do is sing --

C7/G             Gb7b5              Cm7/F                      Bb6
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat.


F#dim7   Bb7                                     Eb
It makes no diff'rence if that rhythm's sweet or hot,

F#dim7 C7      F#dim7  C7             F7   G7
Just give that rhythm ev'rything you got.


D7#5 Gm              Gm/F   Eb7    D7        Gm
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing --

C7/G             Gb7b5               Cm7/F6                Bb6 D7#5
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat,

C7/G               Gb7b5                Bb6
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-waaaa.


If you love jazz and have always wanted to learn this style of playing, 
you may be interested in Jazz101 and Jazz201

Warmly,
  




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