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Autumn Leaves
(Les Feuilles Mortes)

Click below for the fingerings that I use to play a chord-melody arrangement of Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, and Jacques Prevert's 1947 standard Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes). I play it in the original key of Em/G. The song is played in medium 4/4 jazz time. The A section was created using a Diatonic Circle Progression. This is 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..."

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