In A Sentimental Mood Tutorial
Duke Ellington’s ‘In A Sentimental Mood’ is one of the most recognisable jazz ballads. The tune is very accessible and a great standard to start on for beginneror early intermediate students.
In a Sentimental Mood contains 2 instances of the minor line cliche – both in the first 8 bars. Don’t let the minor-major chords intimidate you… they are easy to play over once you understand what is going on in the harmony! We’ll be looking in depth at how we voice the chords in this common progression. There’s also bits of altered harmony which is nice for practicing upper structures.
In part 1 we are going to play through the form with left hand voicings and examine the chords in the form. In part 2 we will then build some 2 handed voicings incorporating extended and altered chord tones.
Spend some time to practice the left hand voicings covered in this tutorial so that you are comfortable with the melody and harmony. Then move onto part 2 where we will add some bigger voicings and create a fuller sounding arrangement of the tune.
If you have any questions with what I have covered, jut drop it in the comment box below.