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"It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by The Sound of the Police, May 12, 2003.


  1. Howdy, folks.
    I'm lookin' for the bass tab to the Ellington standard "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"

    Thanks in advance,

    Kenan O'Brien
     
  2. CS Bass

    CS Bass

    Feb 18, 2003
    Good luck finding tabs for jazz standards.
     
  3. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    It's just a chord chart, and I haven't played it to see if it sounds right, but you might find:

    http://www.ralphpatt.com/VB/i67.html

    useful. No substitute for lots of listening and experimenting to get the right vibe though.

    As CS Bass said, you're unlikely to find tab, and even if you did, it would be based on a particular performance and thus depend on the rest of the group also playing like the other musicians on that performance. Jazz ain't painting by numbers so listen, listen and listen!

    Wulf