Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jam Session Song of the Week (4): Diga Diga Doo

There was no jam session this week, but why not look at a song anyway?

This was a very popular song among swing era bands.  It was written in 1928 by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields.  (Look up McHugh and Fields; you will be surprised how many songs you know from them.)

This is a great jam session song because it could hardly be any simpler.  Except for the bridge, it's almost a one-chord song.  One the one hand, this means that the song doesn't give you a lot of ideas for improvisation.  On the other hand, it's simple and you probably won't play any "wrong" notes.

Below is the chord chart.  (You don't need a written melody for this one!  Learn it by ear!)

There isn't too much more to say about this one, so here are many versions of it:

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