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Night And Day

Here are the fingerings that I use to play a chord-melody arrangement of Cole Porter's 1932 standard Night And Day. I play it in the guitar-friendly key of C not the usual key of Eb. The song is played in a moderate 4/4 tempo.

K. J. McElrath, Musicologist for JazzStandards.com, explains: "The beauty of the opening harmonic progressions lies in the initial V7 which is preceded by a major seventh chord a half step higher (in the original, Bma7-Bb7). This is purely an embellishment; the melody would work just as well without it but would sound quite bland. The consequent eight measure phrase uses a descending progression that was quite remarkable for its time: #ivř7 – iv – I(3rd in bass) – biii˚ - ii – V7 – I (in the original key, this is Am7(b5) – Abm – Eb/G – Gb˚7 – Fm7 – Bb7 –Eb). This chord progression has been used subsequently as an “outro” for so many tunes by so many jazz players (particularly big band arrangers) that it has nearly become a cliche.

The “B” section contains another surprise when it leaps up to the bIII chord, going back and forth between it and the tonic I chord. This particular harmonic progression was later used frequently in the film scores of biblical epics, but Porter’s use of it in a popular song context seems to be unique."

            AbM7      G7            Cmaj7
E--3-3--||---3---|----3---1-0-----|---0---|---3-3---| 
B-------||---1---|----0-------4---|---0---|---0-----| 
G-------||---1---|----0-----------|---0---|---0-----| 
D-------||---1---|----3-----------|---2---|---2-----| 
A-------||-------|----2-----------|---3---|---3-----| 
E-------||-------|----3-----------|-------|---------| 
          1.      2.               3.      4.

    AbM7         G7                 Cmaj7
E---3-3-3---|----3---1---1--0-----|---0---|---0-0---| 
B---1---1---|----0------------4---|---0---|---0-----| 
G---1---1---|----0----------------|---0---|---0-----| 
D---1---1---|----3----------------|---2---|---2-----| 
A-----------|----2----------------|---3---|---3-----| 
E-----------|----3----------------|-------|---------| 
 5.          6.                    7.       8.

     F#m7b5             Fm7            Em7
E----0--0--0--0----|---------------|----------------| 
B----1-----1-------|----4---4--4---|---3--3--3--3---| 
G----2-----2-------|----1---1------|---0-----0------| 
D----2-----2-------|----1---1------|---0-----0------| 
A------------------|----3---3------|---2-----2------| 
E----2-----2-------|----1---1------|---0-----0------| 
 9.                 10.             11.
 
    Ebo7           Dm7           G7           Cmaj7
E--------------|-------------|-------3--3---|---3---| 
B---3--2-1-0---|-------------|-------0------|---0---| 
G---2----------|---2--1--0---|---0---0------|---0---| 
D---1----------|---3---------|---3---3------|---2---| 
A--------------|---5---------|---2---2------|---3---| 
E---2----------|-------------|---3---3------|-------| 
 12.            13.           14.            15.
 _________  _______
|1.       ||2.     |
   Cmaj7      Bb7     Ebmaj7                Cmaj7  
E---3-3---||---3---||---6---|-----------|---3-3-3---| 
B---0-----||---1---||---8---|---8-6-----|---5-------| 
G---0-----||---1---||---7---|---7---8---|---4-------| 
D---2-----||---3---||---8---|---8-------|---5-------| 
A---3-----||---1---||---6---|---6-------|---3-------| 
E---------||-------||-------|-----------|-----------|
 16.        32.      33.     34.         35.   

    Cmaj7      Ebmaj7
E---3--3---|---6--8--6--8--6---|---8--6-------------| 
B---5------|---8---------------|---8------8--6------| 
G---4------|---7---------------|---8------7-----8---| 
D---5------|---8---------------|---8------8---------| 
A---3------|---6---------------|---6------6---------| 
E----------|-------------------|--------------------| 
 36.        37.                 38.

    Cmaj7                  F#m7b5          Fm7
E---3-3-3---|---0-0---|----0-0--0-0---|-------------| 
B---0-------|---0-----|----1----1-----|----4--4-4---| 
G---0-------|---0-----|----2----2-----|----1--1-----| 
D---2-------|---2-----|----2----2-----|----1--1-----| 
A---3-------|---3-----|---------------|----3--3-----| 
E-----------|---------|----2----2-----|----1--1-----| 
 39.         40.       41.             42.

    Em7              Ebo7                   Dm7
E----------------|------------7--6--5---|---3-3-3---| 
B---3--3--3--3---|---3--2--1--4---------|---1-------| 
G---0-----0------|---2--------5---------|---2-------| 
D---0-----0------|---1--------4---------|---0-------| 
A---2-----2------|------------0---------|-----------| 
E---0-----0------|---2------------------|-----------| 
 43.               44.                    45.

      G7   Dm7            C6         (D9  G7)         
E-----3----8----8----|-----8-----|----5---3---3----|| 
B-----3----6---------|-----8-----|----5---3--------|| 
G-----4--------------|----10-----|----5---4--------|| 
D-----3----7---------|-----9-----|----4---3--------|| 
A-----5----5---------|-----------|----5---5--------|| 
E-----3--------------|-----------|--------3--------|| 
 46.                  47.         48.

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