Bluesy Melody: Full Count (Chuck D’Aloia)

Introduction to Jazz Blues Guitar


Here’s a cool tune, called Full Count and written by jazz and blues guitarist Chuck D’Aloia. Originally, the song is played fustion-style, have a look at this video for Chuck’s recording:



Here’s my recording of the melody, played in a more classic jazz style:



Full Count Lead Sheet


Here’s a backing track you can use to practice:


The A part of the melody is played over a rhythm changes in G.

The main building block of the melody is an Em7b5 arpeggio (E G Bb D = Gm6).
Played over G7, this gives us 2 distinctive notes:

  • E: results in a G13 sound.
  • Bb: one of the the blue notes. Although the chord G7 contains a natural 3 (B), a b3 (Bb) is played in the melody. This friction between the minor nature of the melody and the major nature of the chords is an important element of the blues sound. The blue notes are a result of the combination of African elements in Western music.


Here’s how the Em7b5 arpeggio looks like:


Full Count arpeggio


To learn more about how to use blue notes, check out our latest ebook:

Introduction to Jazz Blues Guitar v1


Also check out Chuck D’Aloia’s website for more of his music:

  1. Cesar CoronelOct 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm

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  2. Philip DefriendOct 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I think this is a great way to learn jazz. I love it ..thanks guys

  3. MILENKOOct 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm


  4. Ken LeeOct 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Very nice thank you!

  5. RussOct 16, 2013 at 12:12 am

    that’s one swinging tune , love it

  6. David BaronOct 16, 2013 at 3:21 am

    This is a really nice tune. Thanks very much. I’m printing it out and I’ll start cranking on it.

  7. dbhodgeOct 16, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Hey Dirk, i was wondering when you were going to update your newsletter as I thought it had so much to offer the musician. I have practiced from it and I have met other jazz players such Chris Standring and was amazed by his sound and his ‘Play What You Hear”. Your videos were specific to the needs of the guitarist and there are not many Jazz sites that give lessons as good as yours. Very informative.

  8. Steve VetterOct 16, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Very cool sound. I love this genre of music and it sounds so fresh and creative. Nice work…..very inspiring!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

  9. donald k wilsonOct 16, 2013 at 4:36 am

    This Blows… (In a good way!)

  10. Dave GilstrapOct 16, 2013 at 5:40 am

    You guys offer such a fine uncluttered medium to learn jazz guitar, and the music history of jazz pioneers. Especially for those of us that are new to playing jazz. This tune is basis enough to not be over-bearing, thus learning it will be pleasurable. Thanks guys.- My best-Dave

  11. RickOct 16, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Very nice!! I will probably start to work on it tomorrow. I’ve been working on the other stuff you sent. Jazzy blues is very nice. j

    Do you have any examples of, I think it’s called, a running line of improvisation??
    Or an on-going line? I’d really like to learn what that is all about.

    Thanks for all the help!


  12. Roberto PagnottaOct 16, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Very interesting piece. I appreciate the way this site present the material, very effective.
    Thank you and best regards,

  13. SalOct 16, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Very cool

  14. anabrin06Oct 16, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Really liked your pure jazz version of the track. Please keep up the good work

  15. DiegoOct 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Very very cool !

  16. Peter MurphyOct 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Thanks. This is one terrific site.

  17. John LambOct 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Excellent! Great tune and a wonderful website. Thank you!

  18. kurtOct 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Very catchy. The best music are the ones that make you want to play it yourself.

  19. Claus/MOct 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    very good, this is a more jazzy version….

  20. davidgrechOct 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    brilliant tune and example

  21. Dirk LaukensOct 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the nice feedback everyone!

  22. Gordon BoudreauOct 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Reminds me of the Barney Miller Theme song which I always loved. Sadly I’m confused as to who played the guitar on that. Maybe someone can help me with that.

  23. Thomas CorlettOct 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Great tune! I am looking forward to looping this song on my guitar and playing some clarinet with it. Your free ebook is very clear and easy to understand. You do a good job.

  24. jonahOct 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I personally think its cool,very smooth….thumbs up

  25. jonahOct 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I personally think its great,very smooth….Thumbs up

  26. eddyOct 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    cool, i like it.

  27. carlioneOct 17, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Go ahead man. You’re there!

  28. Celso KrauseOct 17, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Wow! Very special tune!I love it!!

  29. abdiOct 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

    great materials guys. thanks a lot, please keep doing it 😀

  30. Mustafa-Bato F.MUHAREMAGICOct 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Keep playing this … very cool jazzing … 😉

  31. Joe TinariOct 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks for the great Melodic and Harmonic concepts that you share, plus the inspiration and motivation which is the essence of teaching. Please keep it coming.

  32. Brian KingsmillOct 20, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Thanks for this and the other things you send us. As an inexperienced, but enthusiastic follower, I would be grateful if you could say a bit more about the significance of the Em7b5 arpeggio. I notice that Em7b5 doesn’t appear as a chord in the music. Can the diagram showing the fingering be used as a guide to the fingering of the melody, and later improvisation?

    • Dirk LaukensOct 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Brian. What happens here is what we call a substitution: playing the notes of an Em7b5 (E G Bb D) over G7 sounds interesting because it contains notes that are not in the G7 arpeggio (G B D F): E (the 13th over G7) and Bb (the blue note of G7).

      Another common sub for G7 is Bm7b5 (B D F A). Besides 3 notes of G7 (B D F), it also contains the 9th of G7 (A), which makes the sound more colorful.

  33. SialtielOct 20, 2013 at 9:13 am


  34. Dirk HauptmannOct 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much for your effort.

    This piece sounds so cool and it seems so simple but there are miles to go for me until I might get near your version…

    someone said the first 30 years of learning are the toughest… just have reached the 6th year.

    Regards from Germany


  35. BertOct 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Very great job – this and the other helpful material! Thanks a lot!!

  36. Neno ViannaOct 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    very good!
    thank you

  37. hermitOct 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Liked your description of the Em7b5 arpeggio – especially the way you interpret E as G13 sound.

    Like African music, Indian Classical music also uses simultaneous major and minor embellishments, passing notes or anchor points ~ for transitioning from and Aalap (slow meterless intro) to the Jor (main composition with metered rhythm section). Just thought you might find it interesting.

  38. Elaine HartiganOct 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I could listen to this all night, devine

  39. MalOct 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Like it! Great job & thanks.


  40. jose arboledaOct 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Nice tune,

  41. EleloOct 23, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Very nice!
    Sounds so good!


  42. Musiclover 3Oct 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Hi Dirk,

    Thank you for posting this; I can not see the link of your jazzversion and backing track?

    • Dirk LaukensOct 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Luc, don’t you see the audio players? What device are you on?

      • musiclover 3Oct 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm

        Great job and music lesson and sound of the guitar to me.

  43. Memphis DevilleOct 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm


  44. Dirk LaukensOct 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks again for the nice feedback everyone!

  45. premboOct 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Shades of Snoopy and the Red Baron, Tommy Bolin.

    It was a cool tune but I think it would have benefitted from easing a tad back on the distort.. which would have brought you nearer to Bolin’s tone .The tone is ok on the single notes but when you use hit more than one note you get something i don’t like- anyway you are far superior to me as a guitarist and it’s all subjective. So please take this with the humility with which its expressed

    • Dirk LaukensOct 24, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Yes, I noticed the audio distorts on smaller speakers. The guitar is clean, but the recording is too “hot”, which results in digital distortion…

  46. AntoineOct 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Congrats on your excellent website,
    For some reason, I can’t access the backing track. Can you please help?

    • Dirk LaukensOct 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Hello Antoine, try to reload the page, that will fix it.

  47. raulzOct 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks Dirk.

    You have a ludic way to teach jazz guitar playing.

  48. DennisOct 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Awesome piece of music…!! Thank you!!

  49. georgezOct 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Wow! That was great!

    How do you get that beautiful tone?
    What gear do you have?

    • Dirk LaukensNov 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks Georgez, I play on a Heritage H575 through a Roland JC-120 amp.

  50. EdwardNov 5, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Nice sounds, glad to play it, thanks Dirk

  51. BernardNov 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Cela me plait beaucoup mais, à mon niveau, il m’est encore difficile a jouer.

  52. TamaraNov 7, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Such a smooth tune,I simply love it

  53. @WhiteCatzsNov 8, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Love it ! Old school

  54. WalterNov 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Great groove and what a generous gift to all of us. Thanks for the backing track, chart and all. Merci!

  55. JUANLU CASTILLANov 11, 2013 at 12:45 am

    So bluesy. Very interesting the use of all the thirds…

  56. miguelNov 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    den beste hjelp man kan få son amator tak!!

  57. fanie dickNov 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    You helped me about major 6 arpeggios now I’m understanding, for your course immediately ill be the best jazz improviser .I’m very I want to learn more from you.

  58. JacksonDec 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    It’s great! But I’m having a couple probs: Can’t agree with the tab on the little ‘noodle’ that comes in about 12 seconds or so – at the end of measure 3 through the end of measure 4 on line 2. Have played it dozens of times and quite aware of the triplet, but just doesn’t seem the first half of the notes in the riff work right.

    Next, when going to 2. after the repeat, the 1/4 and 1/8 rests are not in the playback, but continuous with the phrase I’m having trouble with. Can this be checked out?

    If it is in fact correctly tabbed, is it possible to slow down the playback somehow that I have missed?

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

    • Dirk LaukensDec 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Jackson,
      You’re right, the 2 last notes of bar 8 were wrong, I corrected them. The rest of the notes are correct though, it’s a Eb7#5 arpeggio followed by a chromatic phrase.
      Nothing wrong in bar 9, it’s the same phrase as in bar 5.
      Did you listen to Chuck’s version (the fusion version in the link) or mine (the more jazzy version in the Soundcloud player)? My version is a little different compared to Chuck’s…

      • JacksonDec 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        Dirk~ I’ll have to believe ya on that 7#5 arpeggio and just keep working on the phrasing – sure wish there was some way to ‘grab’ the track and run it through a ‘slow down’ program.

        But even though the rests in bar 5 are correct, the rest at the beginning of bar 9 do not exist on your soundcloud version, the one I really like (the other is ok, but a bit too gimmicky/fusion for me – you play straight ahead bebop jazz in my opinion).

        Great site! Thanks very much and Merry Christmas!

        • Dirk LaukensDec 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

          Bar 5 and 9 (and 25) are identical in the Soundcloud version. The phrase starts on the and of 2 in all 3 bars… I’ll send you an mp3 version so you can slow down.
          Merry Christmas to you (and everyone else who’s reading) as well!

    • Dirk LaukensDec 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Bar 5 and 9 (and 25) are identical in the Soundcloud version. The phrase starts on the and of 2 in all 3 bars… I’ll send you an mp3 version so you can slow down.
      Merry Christmas to you (and everyone else who’s reading) as well!

  59. robMar 8, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Wow what a great lesson indeed . Thankyou DIRK !

  60. JosJul 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    That’s a nice jumpy tune. Two things a like especially:

    1) No rest whatsoever at the end of bar 8 (which often occurs at the end of phrases),
    going directly to the not g on the 1 of bar 1.
    2) The A7#5 (g-c#-f) chord of measure 20. A shift to D7#9 (f#-c-f) sounds more old

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