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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Dont Get Around Much Anymore guitar tabs

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

  1. 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.

  2. Marjan

    Thank you Dirk, regards from Slovenia

  3. Gianantonio Battistella

    Thanks, very nice arrangement

  4. Russell J Smith Jr.

    Great Arrangement……Love it!!!

  5. Stacey

    Absolutely loving this arrangement. thank you!

  6. Roberto

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

  7. Rob

    Another great piece of work. Thank you!

  8. 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!

  9. Robert

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

  10. Al B.

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

  11. 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.

  12. Pedro Noleto

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

  13. Dennis

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

  14. Glyn

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

  15. Salvador

    Formidable tema. Muchas gracias.

  16. Byron Lowder

    Thanks for this a great tune.

  17. 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!

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