In A Sentimental Mood Tutorial Part 2
Welcome to part 2 of this tutorial on Duke Ellington’s ‘In A Sentimental Mood’.
We’re going to start by introducing some bigger voicings to create a richer harmonic palate. We’ll cover some nice examples of altered harmony and upper structures.
In the bridge we will then add a simple stride style with the root played in the lower registers and rootless voicings in our left hand. The bridge features some interesting chords, we have 3 back-to-back altered dominant chords which we explore with upper structure harmony. To end the bridge we have a 13sus chord to lead us back into the final A section.
Finally we will look at ways we can embellish the melody and finish by revisiting the theory on the minor line cliche and the inner voice movement from minor 7th to major 7th to minor 6th.