Stormy Monday in the Key of G


I sometimes feel very demanding as an online student of yours. But my heart aches to play certain blues a certain way… I am doing Dritin Blues in F. And it sounds awesome for now.
I recently requested: Everyday I have the Blues in Bb, and you have indicated that you will accomodate me.
I have one more for you, and I promise to leave you alone , at least for a while. :slight_smile:
For the Blues in "G " Can you please teach this arrangement of Stormy Monday? It’s the best arrangement that I have ever heard. And it has all the gospely blues bells and whistles. Please:


Hey @glenn1

Thanks for sharing the video and yes I can certainly break down some of the elements here.

I have transcribed some of the melodic ideas from Ray Charles’ “Everyday I have the Blues in Bb” and applied the same ideas to the slow blues in F. I’m working on these improv-focused lessons this week.

Please feel free to share any other videos or recordings that you like and I will be sure to incorporate the ideas into the new blues lessons where possible.

I’ve added the turnaround module to the new slow blues course and a couple of lessons on space fillers.

Talk soon!

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That’s a Great course in F blues, would love similar Jazz Blues lesson made for ‘That’s Life’ with same in depth look at licks & Harmony of the Sinatra Arr.

Thanks @niall - I’m glad you like the course.

Can you share the Sinatra recording you are referring to? I will check it out and try to incorporate the concepts into upcoming blues lessons.

Sure. Thanks Hayden.

Thanks for sharing @niall

Yes I can arrange this song for you for solo piano.

Just to make sure that I’m on the right page, would you like something like this:

That version is in G which follows these chord changes:

The James Brown version is also groovy, played in the key of C:

Would you prefer me to teach it in the key of G or C?

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Hi Hayden, sorry for delay, been sick only getting back to studying again now. l like the feel of James Brown’s version.

If possible to use the tune as a vehicle for a Jazz Blues style improv like enclosures, nailing the changes & learning licks, in G (Sinatra Key)

Was also interested as to whether you would include the F#-7B5 chord after G, or, go straight to the B7 ,after G.
I had different sheet music arr. & some had that chord ,some didn’t, that’s what put me off tackling it myself at the time as I had no Jazz player to ask. I never knew what was in the original I couldn’t hear the F# being spelled out. Just curious.

Hope that’s all OK,

thank you very much for considering this lesson,


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Yes me too!

Okay yes let’s cover it in both G and C so that it’s clear how to transpose the same melodic ideas to different keys.

Both would work.

Moving straight to B7 could create more of a raw blues style, and adding the additional ii-V … F#-b5 and B7 makes the harmony a little more sophisticated.

I can demonstrate how to do both… as it’s always good to have options!

Leave this with me and I will record the first lessons this month.