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)

Video & Guitar Tabs/Notation

Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Jazz Guitar Lesson



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33 thoughts on “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”

  1. Anonymous

    Clean player, nice sound, and very nice arrangements!

  2. Jerry Battista

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

  3. mark forbes

    I love this site , thank you so much .

  4. Nikodem Prewencki

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

  5. 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!

  6. Farshid babazadeh

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

  7. John McGuigan

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

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