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Ambient chord melody verse of "In a sentimental mood"


Thanks! The complete arrangement has a verse before in the lower register, a B and an ending A section. Might create that as a product for people who want to learn how to create chords melody.


Ellington's melodies and overall chord voicing (in the big band arrangements) really move me.

I played in a "big band", ala Glenn Miller, for years on bass. We had the original charts for all those songs. Including the Ellington tunes.

The original chart for Mood Indigo was a joy to perform as was In a Sentimental Mood.


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It's very nice but it's not "ambient". It is jazzy, and it's soaked in effects and quite enjoyable, but some hallmarks of proper ambient music are it's ignorability and lack beat or melody.
The concept of music designed specifically as a background feature in the environment was pioneered by Muzak Inc. in the fifties, and has since come to be known generically by the term Muzak. The connotations that this term carries are those particularly associated with the kind of material that Muzak Inc. produces - familiar tunes arranged and orchestrated in a lightweight and derivative manner. Understandably, this has led most discerning listeners (and most composers) to dismiss entirely the concept of environmental music as an idea worthy of attention.

Over the past three years, I have become interested in the use of music as ambience, and have come to believe that it is possible to produce material that can be used thus without being in any way compromised. To create a distinction between my own experiments in this area and the products of the various purveyors of canned music, I have begun using the term Ambient Music.

An ambience is defined as an atmosphere, or a surrounding influence: a tint. My intention is to produce original pieces ostensibly (but not exclusively) for particular times and situations with a view to building up a small but versatile catalogue of environmental music suited to a wide variety of moods and atmospheres.

Whereas the extant canned music companies proceed from the basis of regularizing environments by blanketing their acoustic and atmospheric idiosyncracies, Ambient Music is intended to enhance these. Whereas conventional background music is produced by stripping away all sense of doubt and uncertainty (and thus all genuine interest) from the music, Ambient Music retains these qualities. And whereas their intention is to `brighten' the environment by adding stimulus to it (thus supposedly alleviating the tedium of routine tasks and levelling out the natural ups and downs of the body rhythms) Ambient Music is intended to induce calm and a space to think.

Ambient Music must be able to accomodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.

September 1978


Fractal Fanatic
I like it. Honestly, as a primarily rock, blues, pop guitarist, my chording is a weak point I need to improve. Things like this are an inspiration to me to get on that.
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