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Georgia On My Mind

Here are the fingerings that I use to play a chord-melody arrangement of Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell's 1930 standard Georgia On My Mind.I play it in the key of C not the original key of F. The song is played moderately in 4/4 time.

K. J. McElrath at JazzStandards.com discusses the song this way: Georgia on My Mind” is written with an introductory verse; the refrain being in the popular 32-bar A-A-B-A form. The A sections begin with “Georgia, Georgia” and, except for the second of these, end describing how “an old sweet song” keeps “Georgia on my mind.” Many discussions of the song comment on the ambiguity of Georgia and whether or not she is a woman or a place. Though the majority of the lines are ambiguous, the bridge, with its lines, “Other arms …” and “Other eyes …” suggest longing for a person. The opening harmonic progression is similar to that of Charleston and You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You, except that the III7 resolves to a minor vi instead of the VI7. From there, Carmichael takes off into his own direction. The chord progression implies a descending bass line, which could work very well. In the original key, this becomes: F –A7/E – Dm – Bbm/Db – F/C – E7/B – Bb, after which the progression goes up to C (the V7), returning to F for the first turnaround.

The contrasting “B” section in the relative D minor is fairly stable harmonically, never straying too far from the tonic. The only unusual part of this bridge is in the fourth measure, where a flatted seventh in the melody and a B natural over a G major chord give a temporary impression of Dorian mode. The upward movement from I to II7 in the sixth measure is surprising but not jarring, creating just enough harmonic and melodic tension (at this point, the melody has just ascended a ninth) so the ear is prepared for the circle of fifths that return the piece to the original major key."

A

   CM7       Bm7b5  E7     Am  Am/G   F#m7b5 Fm6
E---0---3--|-----------|---0---5-—0--|--------------|
B---0---0--|---5---3---|---1---5--1--|---3---1--3---|
G---0---0--|---2---1---|---2---5--0--|---2---1--1---|
D---2---2--|---3---0---|---2---5--2--|---2---0--1---|
A---3---3--|---2---2---|---0---------|---3------3---|
E----------|-------0---|-------3--3--|---2---1--1---|
 1.         2.          3.            4.

 CM7 Em7 A13A7#5 Dm7 G13G7  Em7 A7b9   Dm7     G7#5 
E—-0--3--7—-5-|----5-------|--3--3--|--5-5-5-5—----||
B--0--0--7--6-|--6-6--5-3--|--0--2--|--6--------4--||
G--0--0--6--6-|--5-5--4-4--|--0--3--|--5--------4--||
D--2--0--5--5-|--7-7--3-3--|--0--2--|--7--------3--||
A--3--2-----0-|--5-5----5--|--2--0--|--5-----------||
E-----0--5----|-------3-3--|--0-----|-----------3--||
 5.            6.           7.       8. 

A

   CM7 Am7   Bm7b5 Bb7   Am7 Gm9 Gb7b5 FM76 Fm7 Bb7
E---0---3--|---0-------|------5—-0---|--------------|
B---0---1--|---3---3---|---5--3--1---|---3---1--3---|
G---0---0--|---2---1---|---5--3--3---|---2---1--1---|
D---2---2--|---0---3---|---5--3--2---|---2---1--3---|
A---3---0--|---2---1---|-------------|-------3--1---|
E----------|-----------|---5--3--2---|---1---1------|
 9.         10.         11.           12.

 CM7Em7A9#5A7#5  Dm7 G11G7b9     C  Bb9     Bm7  E7 
E—-0--3--7—-5-|--1—---0--0--|----------|-----------||
B--0--0--6—-6-|--1----1--0--|----1---1-|----3----0-||
G--0--0--6--6-|--2-2--2--1--|----0---1-|----2----1-||
D--2--0--5—-5-|--0----3--3--|----2—--0-|----0----0-||
A--3--2--0--0-|-------------|-2-3—2-1--|-1-2-----2-||
E-----0-------|-------3--3--|----------|------1-0--||
 13.            14.          15.        16.

B 

 AmF#m7b5Bm7 E7 Am7F#m7b5F7AmFm7b5F13E7#5 CM7 Am7D7
E------------0-|----------|-----------0--|-3--0--2--|
B-----1--3---0-|--1-----1-|-----1--3--1--|-0--1--1--|
G-2---2--2---1-|--0--2--2-|--2--2--2--1--|-0--0--2--|
D-2---2--0---0-|--2--2--1-|--2--2--1--0--|-2--2--0--|
A-0------2---2-|--0--3--3-|--0--------2--|-3--0-----|
E-----2------0-|-----2--1-|-----2--1--0--|----------|
 17.            18.        19.            20.

  Am /G /F#E7 Am7 Am6 B7b9   Em7   A7A7b9 Dm9 Db7b9
E----------0-|--3--5--7--5-|--3--0--3--3--|--------||
B----1--3--0-|--1--5--4--4-|--0--3--2--2--|--5--3--||
G--2-2--2--1-|--0--5--5--5-|--0--0--0--3--|--5--4--||
D--2-2--2--0-|--2--4--4--4-|--0--0--2--2--|--3--3--||
A--0----3--2-|--0--0-------|--2--2--0--0--|--5--4--||
E----3--2--0-|-------------|--0--0---------|-------||
 21.          22.           23.            24.

A

   CM7 Bb13  Bm11 Eb7b9   Am Am/GGb7b5 FM76 Fm7 Bb7
E---0--3---|-----------|---0---5-—0--|--------------|
B---0--1---|---5---3---|---1---5--1--|---3---1--3---|
G---0--1---|---2---1---|---2---5--3--|---2---1--1---|
D---2------|---3---3---|---2---5--2--|---2---1--3---|
A---3--1---|---2---2---|---0---------|-------3--1---|
E----------|-------0---|-------3--2--|---1---1------|
 25.        26.         27.           28.

 CM7 Em7 B7b9    Dm7   G11Gb7b9  C Bb9   C6 (Dm7 G7) 
E-—0--3--7—-5--|--1—----0--0--|--------|-----------||
B-—0--3--4—-4--|--1-----1--0--|--1--1--|--1--------||
G-—0--4--5—-5--|--2--2--2--1--|--0--1--|--2--------||
D-—2-—2-—4-—4--|--0-----3--3--|--2—-0--|--2--------||
A--3-----------|--------------|--3—-1--|--3--------||
E----—--—--—---|--------3--3--|--------|-----------||
 29.            30.            31.      32.

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