In a Sentimental Mood

In a Sentimental Mood is a famous jazz standard composed and recorded by Duke Ellington in 1935. In this lesson, you will learn the melody of In a Sentimental Mood and a solo over its chord changes (with some Emily Remler vocabulary mixed in).

In a Sentimental Mood

The original recording and many other recorded versions are in F major, with a bridge going to Db major. Duke Ellington’s version with John Coltrane is in Db major.

Recommended Listening:

  • Django Reinhardt – Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot Club de France, avec Stéphane Grappelli (1937)
  • Sonny Rollins – Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet (1953)
  • Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book (1957) w Barney Kessel on guitar
  • Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1963)
  • Emily Remler – Firefly (1981)
  • Michel Petrucciani – Power of Three (1987) w Jim Hall on guitar
  • Larry Coryell – Inner Urge (2001)


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Video & Sheet Music/Guitar Tabs

In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington) - Easy Jazz Guitar Melody & Solo


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17 thoughts on “In a Sentimental Mood”

  1. Andre

    Very pretty. Can I ask about your amp, amp settings, tone knob settings? I have been trying to get my guitar to sound like that for a while now and am getting frustrated.

    Thanks, Andre

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Thanks Andre! Amp settings depend on what kind of amp and guitar you are playing. I’m using a Gibson ES-175, Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb, and a Strymon Flint reverb here. On the amp, treble, Mids, and bass are all set to 2,5. The tone control on my guitar is set to 6. Cheers!

  2. vladimir apostol

    Thank you
    Vlad from Romania

    1. David Taylor

      Thank you very much for presenting a high quality comprehensive study of such a beautiful arrangement. Feeling very inspired! David

  3. Tony Grenfell

    Hi, ur legend in ur knowledge

  4. Anonymous

    very good thank you very much

  5. Jean-Pierre

    I love this tune, thanks for doing it very tastefully

  6. Jarmo Lehtelä

    Nice melodic and rhythmic handling here.

  7. Roger

    I just listened and now I’m in my “happy place”. Thank you Dirk for all you do for your community, I love listening to you play and it always inspires me to try.

  8. Martin

    A Superb arrangement and lesson – Thankyou Dirk, very much appreciated!

  9. Paul

    Hartelijk dank voor de mooie interpretatie

  10. Dirk. would you mind doing Like Someone In Love.

    Many Thanks

  11. bernard GLORIAN

    Great tune and so fine playin’ !! what a gift !!

  12. Mark Presson

    Dirk, I guess I signed up for info and never did anything with it.
    There are so many distractions out there.


    I followed up pon this and saw your presentation and playing, really nice.
    I followed you and will try to check in more.
    I just wanted to say thanks, this less is one ill take home and try.
    Well done.

  13. leo

    thank you so much for this lesson

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