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Ain't Misbehavin'

Here are the fingerings that I use to play a chord-melody arrangement of Thomas "Fats" Waller, Andy Razaf, and Harry Brooks' 1929 standard Ain't Misbehavin'. Common usage now adds an additional measure to create more typical eight bar sections and the opening progression substitutes an ascending chromatic bass line for the original cyclical Standard (I-vi-ii-V) chord progression. K. J. McElrath, Musicologist for JazzStandards.com, explains it this way: "The harmonic movement of “A” as originally written is fairly simple, based on I – ii7 – V7 and I – V7/IV – IV – iv progressions and variations. More recently, jazz players use an ascending progression of I - vii˚7/ii – ii – ii˚7, etc., almost identical to Doin’ the New Lowdown” and similar to the opening measures of Memories Of You.” I play it in the key of C not the usual key of Eb. The song is played in a moderate 4/4 time. I used the chord progression from "[HL] The Real Book - Volume III"

A

  C     C#o7  Dm7   D#o7 C/E    E7#5    F6     Bb9
E-------3-3-|---0----5-|-3-5-3--8-8-7-|-10-8-5-0-----|
B-1-3-1-2---|-3---3--4-|-1------5-----|-10-----1-4-3-|
G-0-----3---|-2------5-|-0------7-----|-10-----1-----|
D-2-----2---|-3------4-|-2------6-----|-10-----0-----|
A-3---------|----------|--------------|--------1-----|
E-----------|----------|--------------|--------------|
 1.          2.         3.             4.  

   C     A7b9    Dm7     G7      E7   A7    D7   G7
E--------3-3--|----0-1-3-4-3--|--0----0--|----------||
B--1-3-1-2----|--3-------3-3--|--0----2--|--5----5--||
G--0-----3----|--2-------4-4--|--1----0--|--5----4--||
D--2-----2----|--3-------3-3--|--0----2--|--4----3--||
A--3-----0----|------------5--|--2----0--|--5-------||
E-------------|------------3--|--0-------|-------3--||
 5.            6.              7.         8.

A

  C     C#o7  Dm7   D#o7 C/E    E7#5    F6     Bb9
E-------3-3-|---0----5-|-3-5-3--8-8-7-|-10-8-5-0-----|
B-1-3-1-2---|-3---3--4-|-1------5-----|-10-----1-4-3-|
G-0-----3---|-2------5-|-0------7-----|-10-----1-----|
D-2-----2---|-3------4-|-2------6-----|-10-----0-----|
A-3---------|----------|--------------|--------1-----|
E-----------|----------|--------------|--------------|
 9.          10.        11.            12.  

   C     A7b9    Dm7     G7      C6  Bb9    C6  E7#5
E--------3-3--|----0-1-3-4-3--|---------|-----------||
B--1-3-1-2----|--3-------3-3--|--1---1--|---1---1---||
G--0-----3----|--2-------4-4--|--2---1--|---2---1---||
D--2-----2----|--3-------3-3--|--2---0--|---2---0---||
A--3-----0----|------------5--|--3---1--|---3---2---||
E-------------|------------3--|---------|-------0---||
 13.           14.             15.       16.

B 
   
   Am7          F7           D7           A7
E------------|------------|-----------|--------------|
B--1----1----|--1----1----|--1----1---|---2----2-----|
G--0-2--0-2--|--2-2--2-2--|--2-2--2---|---0-2--0-2---|
D--2----2----|--1----1----|--0----0---|---2----2-----|
A--0----0----|--0----0----|--0----0---|---0----0-----|
E------------|------------|-----------|--------------|
 17.          18.          19.         20.

    G  G#o7      Am7  D7        G7  A7      D7  G7
E------------|--------------|-----------|-----------||
B---3--3-3---|---3----0-----|-----------|---5---3---||
G---4--4-----|---5-5--5-2---|---0---2---|---5---4---||
D---5--3-----|---5----4-----|---3---2---|---4---3---||
A---5--------|--------5-----|---2---0---|---5---5---||
E---3--4-----|---5----------|---3-------|-------3---||
 21.          22.            23.         24.

A 

  C     C#o7  Dm7   D#o7 C/E    E7#5    F6     Bb9
E-------3-3-|---0----5-|-3-5-3--8-8-7-|-10-8-5-0-----|
B-1-3-1-2---|-3---3--4-|-1------5-----|-10-----1-4-3-|
G-0-----3---|-2------5-|-0------7-----|-10-----1-----|
D-2-----2---|-3------4-|-2------6-----|-10-----0-----|
A-3---------|----------|--------------|--------1-----|
E-----------|----------|--------------|--------------|
 25.          26.        27.            28.  

   C     A7b9    Dm7     G7        C6      (Dm7 G7)
E--------3-3--|----0-1-3-4-3--|---------|-----------||
B--1-3-1-2----|--3-------3-3--|----1----|----(1)----||
G--0-----3----|--2-------4-4--|----2----|----(2)----||
D--2-----2----|--3-------3-3--|----2----|----(2)----||
A--3-----0----|------------5--|----3----|----(3)----||
E-------------|------------3--|---------|-----------||
 29.           30.             31.       32.
Alternate Fingerings

(1) Bars 1 through 4: (Try |Em7 / Gm7 C7| for Bar 3)

  C6    A7    Dm7    G7  C6    C7       F6     Fm6
E-------3-3-|--------5-|-3-5-3-8-8-7--|-10-8-5-0-----|
B-1-3-1-2---|-3-5-3--5-|-1-----8------|-10-----1-4-3-|
G-2-----0---|-5------4-|-2-----9------|-10-----1-----|
D-2-----2---|-3------3-|-2-----8------|-10-----0-----|
A-3-----0---|-5--------|--------------|--------------|
E-----------|--------3-|--------------|--------1-----|
 1.          2.         3.             4.  

(2) Bars 5 through 8: (Try |C/C#o7/|Dm7/G13/| for Bars 1 & 2)
 
   C6/E  A7      Dm7     G7      E7   A7    D9   G7
E--------3-3--|----0-1-3-4-3--|--0----0--|--0----0--||
B--1-3-1-2----|--3-------3-3--|--0----2--|--1----0--||
G--2-----0----|--2-------4-4--|--1----0--|--2----0--||
D--2-----2----|--3-------3-3--|--0----2--|--0----3--||
A--3-----0----|------------5--|--2----0--|-------2--||
E--0----------|------------3--|--0-------|-------3--||
 5.            6.              7.         8.

(3) Bars 17 through 20: (No Pedal Point; Try Am6 for D7) 

    Am7          F7           D7           A7
E------------|------------|-----------|--------------|
B--1----1----|--1----1----|--1----1---|---2----2-----|
G--0-2--0-2--|--2-2--2-2--|--2-2--2---|---0-2--0-2---|
D--2----2----|--1----1----|--0----0---|---2----2-----|
A--0----0----|--3----3----|-----------|---0----0-----|
E------------|--1----1----|-----------|--------------|
 17.          18.          19.         20.

(4) Bars 21 through 24: 

    G6 E7        Am7  D7        G7  A7      D7  G7
E------------|--------------|-----------|---0-------||
B---3--3-3---|---3-1--0-----|-----------|---1---3---||
G---4--1-----|---0----2-2---|---0---2---|---2---4---||
D---2--0-----|---2----0-----|---3---2---|---0---3---||
A------2-----|---0----------|---2---0---|-------5---||
E---3--0-----|--------2-----|---3-------|-------3---||
 21.          22.            23.         24.

Alternate Turnarounds:

Bars 15 & 16

|C  / Fm /   |C   / E7   /  ||

|C6 / F6 Fm6 |C6  / E7   /  ||

|C  / F9 F#o7|C/G / E7#5 E7 ||

Bars 31 & 32

|C6 / Am7 /  |Dm7 / G7   /  || 

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