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Take the A Train

Arguably the most famous of the many compositions to emerge from the collaboration of Ellington and Strayhorn.

Published: 10 May 2013 Updated: 10 May 2013Visits: 372Code: UL572

Topic: Jazz ukulele ANY guitar leadsheet playalong Subjects: Jazz Playalong Standard

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Take the A Train

Take the 'A' Train is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra. It is arguably the most famous of the many compositions to emerge from the collaboration of Ellington and Strayhorn.

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Take the A Train is in the Real Book - Volume 1 Sixth Edition book.

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The Big Six Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your core, essential 4-part chords. These chords commonly called jazz chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles. These chords include: Seventh , Major Seventh, Minor Seventh, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five, Diminished Seventh, and Augmented Seventh. These six chords form a core set of chords.

Classic Endings for `Ukulele • Updated: 16 Mar 2020

Two Feel, bVImaj7 bIImaj7, Basie Ending, Single, Double and Triple Tags, Chromatic, Take 'A' Train Ending, Shave and a Hair Cut, Lawrence Welk Ending. These are common classic songs ending that are used over and over in the standard song repertoire.

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