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The Days Of Wine And Roses

Here are the fingerings that I use to play chord-melody arrangements of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's 1962 standard The Days Of Wine And Roses. I play it in the key of C not the original key of F. The song is played in a moderate 4/4 ballad time. Alternate chord substitutions are indicated in parentheses above the chord I used.

K. J. McElrath, Musicologist for JazzStandards.com, had these observations: "The harmonic progression of “A” is remarkably similar to that of “East of the Sun.” The difference lies in Mancini’s use of the passing Eb9 (+11) and the exotic alteration of the D7 chord in the third measure (which includes a flatted ninth and fifth). In “B” a series of “V7 - I” is used, sometimes with the insertion or substitution of a iiø7/ V to add some spice."

A

                 (Gm6/Bb)
 Db7b5     CM9   Bb7b5Bb9#11Bb13  Em7b5     Bb13 A7b9 
E-----||----0----|------0---3--|--5---3--|----3---0--|
B-----||----3----|--3---1---1--|--3---3--|----1---2--|
G--0--||----4----|--1---1---1--|--3---3--|----1---3--|
D--3--||----2----|--2---0---0--|--2---2--|----0---2--|
A--4--||----3----|--1---1------|---------|--1-----0--|
E-----||---------|-------------|---------|-----------|
        1.        2.            3.        4.      

                ( F#m7b5 )  (F13  E7b9) 
  Dm9 Db+ Dm    Dm11 Dm9      Fm6        Bb9#11 Bb7 
E-------------|---3---0---|---0---------|---0-------||
B---5---------|---1---1---|---1---------|---1---3---||
G---5--2--2---|---2---2---|---1--1--1---|---1---1---||
D---3--3--3---|---0---0---|---0-----0---|---0---3---||
A---5--4--5---|-----------|-------------|---1---1---||
E-------------|-----------|---1-----1---|-----------||
 5.            6.          7.            8.      

B

  Em7  E7sus   Am11 A7b9     Dm11 Dm7    G7  G13 G7 
E-----------|-------0--5---|---3---1---|--3----------|
B--3-----0--|---3-1-2------|---1---1---|--3-6--5--3--|
G--0-0-2----|---0---3------|---2---2---|--4----4--4--|
D--0---0----|---2---2------|---0---0---|--3----3--3--|
A--2---2----|---0---0------|-----------|--5-------5--|
E--0---0----|--------------|-----------|--3----3--3--|
 9.          10.            11.         12.          

  Bm7b5 E7b9    Am11   D7/6      Dm7       G7   G+  
E-----------|---------------|-----------|-----------||
B---5---0---|---3-------0---|-----3-----|---3-------||
G---2---1---|---5---5---5---|-----5-----|---4---0---||
D---3---3---|---5-------4---|-----3-----|---3---1---||
A---2---2---|-----------5---|-----5-----|---5---2---||
E-------0---|---5-----------|-----------|---3---3---||
 13.         14.             15.         16.      


A

   CaddD    Bm7 Bb9#11 Am7   Em11 Em7     A7b9  A7#5 
E----0----|--------0----3---|---5---3---|---3----0---|
B----3----|---3----1----1---|---3---3---|---2----2---|
G----0----|---2----1----0---|---4---4---|---3----0---|
D----2----|---0----0----2---|---2---2---|---2----3---|
A----3----|---2----1----0---|-----------|---0----0---|
E---------|-----------------|-----------|------------|
 17.       18.               19.         20. 

                              (Abo Fm6)
  Dm9 Db+ Dm    Dm11 Dm9      Fm6          G13 Abo 
E---0---------|---3---0---|---0---------|-----------||
B---3---------|---1---1---|---1---------|---5---3---||
G---2--2--2---|-0-2---2---|---1--1--1---|---4---4---||
D---3--3--3---|---0---0---|---0-----0---|---3---3---||
A---3--4--5---|-----------|-------------|-----------||
E-------------|-----------|---1-----1---|---3---4---||
 21.           22.         23.           24.   

C    

   Em7 C Dm Em7  Am7Bm7b5CM7A7#5 F#m7b5  F9#11 F7b9
E|--------------|---------0--3--|---7---|---7---5---|
B|--3--------0--|--1--3---0--2--|---5---|---8---4---|
G|--0--0--2--0--|--0--2---0--3--|---5---|---8---5---|
D|--0--2--3--0--|--2--3---2--2--|---4---|---7---4---|
A|--2--3--5--2--|--0--2---3--0--|-------|-----------|
E|--0--------0--|---------------|-------|-----------|
  25.            26.             27.     28.

 Em7Bb9#11Am11 Bb9 Dm9/A Abo G9      C6 (Am7 Dm7 G7)
E--3---0----------|--------------|---------|-------||
B--0---1---3---1--|---5---5------|----1----|-------||
G--0---1---0---1--|---5---4--2---|----2----|-------||
D--0---0---2---0--|---3---3--3---|----2----|-------||
A--2---1---0---1--|--------------|----3----|-------||
E--0--------------|---5---4--3---|---------|-------||
 29.               30.            31.       32.

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