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Fly Me To The Moon
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Here are the fingerings that I use to play a chord-melody arrangement of Bart Howard's 1954 standard Fly Me To The Moon. I play it in the key of G not the usual key of C. The song is played in a medium 4/4 time. Alternate chord substitutions are indicated in parentheses above the chord I used.

This song is a great example of a Diatonic Circle Progresion. Diatonic Circle Progressions are a form of Circle Progression that is constructed using only those chords from the diatonic scale.

Dominic Pedler in his book "The Songwriting Secrets of The Beatles" talks about the diatonic circle of fifths like this: "If there is one winning formula at the 'poppy' end of popular music, it is those progressions whose roots follow a predetermined movement descending in intervals of a fifth... Applicable to jazz and classical music as well as to pop, the cycle is an unashamedly formulaic system for exploiting the natural tendency of diatonic chords to follow this predetermined path. It provides a very simple way of appreciating how generations of classic pop songs actually work in practice..."

Circle Progressions allow numerous tritone substitutions that can add interest to your chord-melody arrangements. This approach was used in the second "A" section below.

A
                                (Eb13D13AbM7)
  Em7F#m7G13G#o  Am7Bm7CM7 Eo  D7 D9 F13F#o  GM7 G6
E--3--2--------|--------0--3--|-2--0-------|---------|
B--0--2--5--3--|--1--3--0--2--|-1--1--3--1-|---------|
G--0--2--4--4--|--0--2--0--3--|-2--2--2--2-|-4---4---|
D--0--2--3--3--|--2--0--2--2--|-0--0--1--1-|-4---2---|
A--2-----------|--0--2--0-----|------------|---------|
E--0--2--3--4--|--------------|-------1--2-|-3-3-3-3-|
 1.             2.             3.           4.
                                                (E7b9)
  CM7Bm7Am7GM7 F#m7b5G#oAm7C7 B7F#oF7b5F#m7 Em7  G#o
E--0-----------|-----------0-|------------|---------||
B--0--3--1-----|--------1--1-|-4--1--0----|---------||
G--0--2--0--4--|--2--4--0--3-|-2--2--2--2-|-0-----4-||
D--2--0--2--4--|--2--3--2--2-|-4--1--1--2-|-0-----3-||
A--3--2--0-----|--3-----0--3-|-2----------|-2-------||
E-----------3--|--2--4-------|----2--1--2-|-0-2-3-4-||
 5.             6.            7.           8.

B
 
  Am Am7Am11  D11Dm11Ab7   GM7  G6        Bm7  E7    
E-----0--0--|-----------|-------------|--------------|
B-----1--1--|--5--8--7--|--3----3-----|---3----3-4---|
G--2--0--0--|--5--5--5--|--4----4-----|---2----1-----|
D--2--2--0--|--5--7-----|--4----2-----|---0----0-----|
A--0--0--0--|--5--5--6--|-------------|---2-2--2-----|
E-----------|--------4--|--3-3--3-3---|--------0-----|
 9.          10.         11.           12.     
                            (Cm7)       (F#m11 B7)
   Am7        D7 D9 D7/A    AbM7 GM7    F#m7b5 F7b5
E-----------|-----0------|------------|-------------||
B-----1--1--|-----3--3---|------------|--------0----||
G--0-----0--|--5--5--5---|--5----4----|---4----2----||
D--2-----2--|--4--4--4---|--5----4----|---2----1----||
A--0-----0--|--5--5------|------------|---3---------||
E-----------|--------5---|--4-4--3-3--|---2-2--1-1--||
 13.         14.          15.          16.

A
                                                (Bo)
   Em7  Bb9#11  Am7  Eb7b9    D7   Ab7b5    GM7 Db7b5
E--3-2--0----|----------3--|--2-0--------|-----------|
B--0----1-3--|--1-3--5--2--|--1----3-----|------0----|
G--0----1----|--0----6--3--|--2----5-5---|--4---0----|
D--0----0----|--2----5--2--|--0----4-----|--4---3----|
A--2----1----|--0----6-----|-------------|------4-4--|
E--0---------|-------------|-------4-----|--3-3------|
 17.          18.           19.           20.
                               (C13 B13)
   CM7  Gb7b5    FM7 F#m7b5  B7 F#oF7b5F#m7 Em7 Bb7b9
E--0----------|---------0--|--------------|----------|
B--0-3--1-0---|----0--1----|--4--1--0-----|------0---|
G--0----3-----|--2----2----|--2--2--2--2--|--0---1---|
D--2----2-----|--2----2----|--4--1--1--2--|--0---0---|
A--3----------|------------|--2-----------|--2---1-1-|
E-------2-----|--1----2----|-----2--1--2--|--0-0-----|
 21.           22.          23.            24.

C
                               (Dm6)
   Am Am7Am11   D11Dm11D7b5     Bm7        E9   Eo    
E------0--0---|-------------|----7----|----7----3----|
B------1--1---|---5--8--7---|----7----|----7----2----|
G---2--0--0---|---5--5--5---|----7----|----7----3----|
D---2--2--0---|---5--7--6---|----7----|----6----2----|
A---0--0--0---|---5--5--5---|---------|----7---------|
E-------------|-------------|----7----|--------------|
 25.           26.           27.       28.     
 
  Am Am(M7)Am7   D7 D7b9/A      G69      (F#m7b5 B7)
E--5----------|-------5---|------3------|-----------||
B--5---5---5--|---7---4---|------3------|-----------||
G--5---5---5--|---5---5---|------2------|-----------||
D--7---6---5--|---7---4---|------2------|-----------||
A--7---7---7--|---5---0---|------2------|-----------||
E--5---5---5--|-----------|------3------|-----------||
 29.           30.         31.           32.

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