Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore is a classic swing standard written by Duke Ellington, who recorded it with his orchestra in 1940 (under the title Never No Lament). Two versions of the song became a number one hit in the US R&B charts in 1943, the Duke Ellington version and a cover by The Ink Spots. In this lesson, you will learn a chord melody version of Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.

Duke Ellington - Dont Get Around Much Anymore

The form of Don’t Get Around Much Anymore is 32 bars long and follows the classic AABA structure.

The song uses a call-and-response technique between sections of the big band, comparable to Stompin’ at the Savoy, an earlier swing-era jazz standard.

The stripped-down chord progression of the A section is Cmaj7 – A7 – D7 – G7.

The B section starts with the IV (Fmaj7), before going to the IVm (Fm7).

Recommended listening:

  • Ella Fitzgerald (with Barney Kessel) – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (1957)
  • Joe Pass – Portraits of Duke Ellington (1975)
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32 thoughts on “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”

  1. David

    Dirk, thanks so much for sharing all of this content you’ve been sending out recently. It’s exceptional in its instruction and a joy to work on guitar knowledge and techniques with real songs. You’re awesome!

  2. Byron Lowder

    Thanks for this a great tune.

  3. Salvador

    Formidable tema. Muchas gracias.

  4. Glyn

    Dirk thanks very much for these jazz standard arrangements. Brilliant…

  5. Dennis

    Thanks Dirk for the information. I always appreciate the emails I receive from you.

  6. Pedro Noleto

    Yes, sounds great; really good arrangement, and so well played!

  7. Alex

    Thanks! (FYI, the tablature is in 3 separate images. They have to be downloaded separately and then stuck together with a PDF editor.)

    1. Dirk Laukens

      You can also use the “Print & PDF” button at the bottom of the page.

      1. calberson

        i dont see the button at the bottom…

        1. Dirk Laukens

          It’s supposed to be under the Guitar Pro file download link, above the comment form, between the Pinterest and the Subscribe button. If you can’t see it, please let me know which device and browser you are using. Cheers!

      2. Alex

        Yes, much easier. Thank you. Really like the arrangement.

  8. Al B.

    Another good one and I love this new format. Great stuff. Thanks.

  9. Robert

    Many thanks Dirk. I’ve been trying to figure out this one for years!

  10. Graeme

    Hi Dirk, do you do any videos on how to read tab? Please.

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Hi Graeme, reading tabs is very easy, do a search on Youtube, there should be plenty of videos explaining how to read tabs. Cheers!

  11. Rob

    Another great piece of work. Thank you!

  12. Roberto

    Hi Dirk thank you for the Easter egg 🙂
    I find a super idea to include the guitar pro link!

  13. Stacey

    Absolutely loving this arrangement. thank you!

  14. Russell J Smith Jr.

    Great Arrangement……Love it!!!

  15. Gianantonio Battistella

    Thanks, very nice arrangement

  16. Marjan

    Thank you Dirk, regards from Slovenia

  17. Rudy from Germany

    This is so brilliant. I (70) love this song. Decades ago we had a wonderful quartett (fl, p, g, b no dr like Duke’ s 2nd orchestra) and made a demo. Reminds me very much of that. Thank you so much.

  18. John McGuigan

    Love this song. Great arrangement. This will keep me busy for awhile. Thank you from France.

  19. Farshid babazadeh

    Hi, thank you so much for wonderful music. I am trying to get your free e book but onfortunately no result.

  20. john

    This song is so catchy, I’m humming it all day! Great lesson, still ways to go before I can play it like you but enjoying the journey. Thanks for all the great info on the site!

  21. Nikodem Prewencki

    What a wonderful arrangement! Really fun to play but challenging at the same time.

  22. mark forbes

    I love this site , thank you so much .

  23. Jerry Battista

    Most appropriate title during the COVIDemic ! Thanks for a great arrangement.
    Jerry in London, Canada

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