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My Funny Valentine

Here are the chord changes I use to play the Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers 1937 standard My Funny Valentine. This song is built around a descending minor cliche. The song is played freely in 4/4 time. The chord fingerings I use (in a Standard tuning) are as follows: A Section Am = x02210; Am(M7) = x02110; Am7 = x02010; Am6 = x04210; Fmaj7 = 1x2210; Dm7 = xx0211; Bm7b5 = x2323x; E7 = 020100; Bb7 = x13131; and G7 = 353433 B Section CM7 = x35453; Dm7 = xx0211; Em7 = xx2433; E7 = 020100; Am7 = 5x5555; Gm7 = 3x3333; F#7 = 242322; FM7 = 1x2210; and Bm7b5 = x2323x. You can always add the "b9" to the "E7" and "G7" chords and substitute "F6" for the "Dm7" in bars or "Fm6" for the "Bb7" in bar 15 of the A sections. Other possibilities for the "Am-Am(M7)-Am7-Am6" descending minor cliche are the "Am-E7/G#-C/G-F#m7b5," "Am-Am/G#-Am/G-Am/F#," or "Am7-F7-E7-Am7-D9/F#" sequences. Another idea for the "Am7-Gm7-F#7-Fmaj7" in bars 7 - 9 of the C section is the | Am7 / G#7 / | Gm11 / F#7b5 / | Fmaj7 / Em7 A7b9 |.

A section

Am / / / Am(M7) / / / Am7 / / / Am6 / / /
Fmaj7 / / / Dm7 / / / Bm7b5 / / / E7 / / /
Am / / / Am(M7) / / / Am7 / / / Am6 / / /
Fmaj7 / / / Dm7 / / / Bb7 / / / G7 / / /

B section

Cmaj7 / Dm7 / Em7 / Dm7 / Cmaj7 / Dm7 / Em7 / Dm7 /
Cmaj7 / E7 / Am7 / Gm7 F#7 Fmaj7 / / / Bm7b5 / E7 /

C section

Am / / / Am(M7) / / / Am7 / / / Am6 / / /
Fmaj7 / / / Bm7b5 / E7 / Am7 / / / Gm7 / F#7 /
Fmaj7 / / / Dm7 / G7 / C / / / [ Bm7b5 / E7 / ]


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