Part 1: ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’ Notes ‘Solution’

For my ear training lesson on ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’ by Ellington, the ‘solutions’ to the music (the notes for this lesson) are listed below the video. They’re not listed all at once though. They’re listed one at a time. You can scroll down to see one and then if you want to check the next one, you’ll need to scroll down farther. In this way, it’s a slight bit of a hassle to check the next note and I would encourage you to not look unless completely necessary.

Try it out! And let me know how it goes and what you think of the format.

Thanks

First Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

E

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

B

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Second Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

A

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

E

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Third Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

A

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

E

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Fourth Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

C

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

G

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Fifth Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

E

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

B

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Sixth Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

A

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

E

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Seventh Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

C

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

G

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Eighth Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

Eb

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

Bb

 

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Ninth Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

D

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

A

 

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Tenth Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

C

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

G

 

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Eleventh Note

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

A

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

E

 

 

 

Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone:

E A A C E A C #D D C A.

Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone:

B E E G B E G Bb A G E

 

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

KT July 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I like the format. I still like to finger and hear each note before playing the phrase. Just a more immediate warm up and more directly related to what I am about to play.

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Neal July 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Thanks Kate,
Interesting approach. I could make some more exercises like this.

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Doug October 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Neal, I like this format of a starting note and working through the tune to get it. I like the satisfaction of working on it regardless of how long it takes to finish and complete it with no mistakes. I think this is a great approach to ear training.

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Neal October 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Thanks Doug, I’ll make some more. Maybe the X-Files theme song, that one’s a little different.

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Sam October 28, 2012 at 3:17 am

Neal,

When my son was learning the sax first he nearly drove us mental with endless repetitions of ‘merrily merrily etc’ all from the sheet music. I used the playing from ear method just now and nailed in 10 minutes – if only we had known !!!!

Sam

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Neal October 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Hey Sam,
That’s funny. I actually think it’s important to learn both to read and to get music by ear. They’re both helpful.
-Neal

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Shereen Smith December 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm

I enjoyed playing that although I struggled trying to play it by ear. I’m sure I’ll improve in time.

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Neal December 29, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Yes, you get better at it. Think of it like exercise, making you stronger.

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