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Take the A Train is a true classic in the standards repertoire. This video course covers everything you need to get started or gain a fresh perspective on the tune: the lead sheet with accurate chords, a chord melody, a comping study and a single-note solo.
Get a complete arrangement for solo guitar for this tune! Every chord melody in our Standards series is written with interesting themes and vocabulary in mind. Learn the arrangement, then arrange your own chord melodies on different tunes using similar techniques!
This tune's chord melody uses devices you'd recognize from the Duke Ellington Orchestra itself: the "train horn" piano intro, the (in)famous Ellington ending, and big band horn riffs in-between the melody.
You'll also get a comping (short for "accompaniment") study based off the chord progression for this tune. Each comping study centers around a specific theme, technique, or piece of comping vocabulary. Explore every possibility, and then take them into your own playing on other tunes!
The comping study for "Take the 'A' Train" is a loose transcription of the horns in one chorus of the original Duke Ellington recording of the tune.
Want a real example of how to solo on this standard? We have a fully-transcribed single-note solo arrangement for each Standard tune centred on expanding upon a piece of jazz vocabulary or a transcription from a real jazz legend. Play the solo in full, then steal your favourite lines and assimilate them into your own improv vocabulary!
This tune's solo is a transcription of trumpeter Clifford Brown's solo from Study in Brown. Learn to play like trumpet legend Clifford Brown!
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Whether you've been playing on this classic tune for a while and want to kick things into the next gear or if you're just starting to learn it, this course is the perfect place to practice on this timeless classic.
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