Learn Tainted Love: Trumpet + Plunger + Guitar

Gloria Jones
Gloria Jones

Here’s a short lesson I did for the tune Tainted Love. Written by former Four Preps crooner Ed Cobb, it was first recorded in 1964 by Gloria Jones (listen), who did the best version, in my opinion. The tune was made famous by Soft Cell in 1981 (listen). Marilyn Manson also did a pretty cool cover of the tune (listen). I learned the tune from Gypsy jazz guitarist Robin Nolan (listen).

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Tainted Love: A Section (8 bars repeated)

Tainted Love: B Section (12 bars)

Tainted Love is a simple tune that is great for a small combo, or you can loop the chord progression and play over it yourself like I do in the video. The A section is in concert G-minor, so for us trumpeters, that puts us in the key of A minor. The bridge (B section) moves into concert G major, or A major for trumpeters.

Some scales/note groups to mess around with:

A section: A natural minor, A Blues, A minor pentatonic, B diminished, B diminished scale–2 versions (half-whole: B-C-D-Eb-F-F#-Ab-A-Bb-B  or  B-C#-D-Eb-F-F#-Ab-A-B)

B Section: A major scale, G# diminished, A major pentatonic, F# Blues scale, etc.

If you use the absolutely fantastic app iReal Book, you can get the changes here. Or here’s the printable PDF in concert pitch. Printable PDF with chords for Bb Trumpet is here. It’s a fun tune. Hope you enjoy it.

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