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Watermelon Man was written by Herbie Hancock, originally for his 1962 hit record Takin’ Off. Hancock wrote this tune with the intention of marketing his record, and was the first tune he composed for commercial reasons. Watermelon Man became a hit, and he would later record it with his Head Hunters band as well in 1973. This 16 bar blues is played in a straight eight groove, originally a latin-rock style, and later funk. It is most commonly played in the key of F.

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Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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