Just The Way You Are

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Just The Way You Are

Here are the chord substitutions that I use to play Billy Joel's modern standard Just The Way You Are written in 1977. This arrangement uses a great tritone substitution [A#m7(b5) for Emaj7] in the A section. I play this song in a moderate 4/4 tempo in the key of "E". Each box below represents one bar. The chord fingerings I use (in a Standard tuning) are as follows: Emaj7 = 022444; A#m7(b5) = 6x665x; Amaj7 = 5x665x; Bm9 = 7x7779; E9/A# = 6x6777; Am6 = 5x455x; Emaj7/G# = 4x244x; Bm7/F# = 224232; E9 = 02x132; C#m7/G# = 446454; F#7sus4 = 242422; F#7 = 242322; B11 = x22222; B7 = x21202; F#m7 = 2x2222; B/A =5x444xG#m7 =4x4444; C#7 = x4342x; E = 022100; E7/D = x5x454; C = x3555x; D/C = x3x232; Bm7 = x24232; E7 = 020100; Am7 = 5x5555; and D7 = x5453x.

A section

Emaj7 / / / A#m7(b5) / / / Amaj7 / / / Bm9 / E9/A# /
Amaj7 / / / Am6 / / / Emaj7/G# / / / Bm7/F# / E9
Amaj7 / / / Am6 / / / Emaj7/G# / / / C#m7/G# / / /
F#7sus4 / / / F#7 / / / B11 / / / B7 / / /

A1 section

Emaj7 / / / A#m7(b5) / / / Amaj7 / / / Bm9 / E9/A# /
Amaj7 / / / Am6 / / / Emaj7/G# / / / Bm7/F# / E9
Amaj7 / / / Am6 / / / Emaj7/G# / / / C#m7/G# / / /
F#m7 / / / B11 / / / Emaj7 / / / Bm9 / E9/A# /

B section

Amaj7 / / / B/A / / / G#m7 / / / C#7 / / /
F#m7 / / / B11 / / / E / / / E7/D / / /
C / / / D/C / / / Bm7 / / / E7 / / /
Am7 / / / D7 / / / B11 / / / B7 / / /


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