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Satin Doll

Here are the unplugged chords that I use to play the 1953 Duke Ellington standard Satin Doll from Sophisticated Ladies. The opening A section progression uses a jazz progression variation. The B section is an example of a commercial bridge. I play the tune in a moderate 4/4 tempo in the key of "C". Each box below represents one bar. The chord fingerings I use (in a Standard tuning) are as follows: Dm9 = x5355x; G13 = 3x345x; Em9 = x7577x; A13 = 5x567x; Db9 = x4344x; Cmaj7 = x35453; Gm7 = 3x333x; C9 = x3233x; Fmaj7 = 1x221x; F6 = 1x021x; Am7 = 5x555x; and D9 = x5455x. For variation try substituting the "Dm9-Db9" sequence in the fifth and sixth bars of the A section with the "Am7b5-D7-Abm9-Db9" progression. Also, try substituting the "Cmaj7-Em9-A13" in the seventh and eighth bars of the first A section with "C6/9-Db9+11".

A section

Dm9 / G13 / Dm9 / G13 / Em9 / A13 / Em9 / A13 /
Dm9 / / / Db9 / / / Cmaj7 / / / Em9 / A13 /

A section

Dm9 / G13 / Dm9 / G13 / Em9 / A13 / Em9 / A13 /
Dm9 / / / Db9 / / / Cmaj7 / / / / / / /

B section

Gm7 / C9 / Gm7 / C9 / Fmaj7 / / / F6 / / /
Am7 / D9 / Am7 / D9 / Dm9 / / / G13 / / /

A section

Dm9 / G13 / Dm9 / G13 / Em9 / A13 / Em9 / A13 /
Dm9 / / / Db9 / / / Cmaj7 / / / Em9 / A13 /


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