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To the memory of Master George Van Eps,

with the utmost gratitude, respect and admiration.

Contents

Introduction
3
Nice work if you can get it (George Gershwin)
4
For you (Joe Burke)
8
Man I Love (George Gershwin)
10
I wrote it for Jo (George Van Eps)
13
Tangerine (Johnny Mercer)
15
I hadnt anyone till you (Ray Noble)
17
Fourty-eight (George Van Eps)
20
Cheek to cheek (Irving Berlin)
22
Why was I born? (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II)
26
Aint misbehavin (Andy Razaf/HarryBrooks/Fats Waller)
28
I could write a book (Richard Rogers)
30

Introduction
George Van Eps (1913-1998) is a constant reference in jazz guitar history, being a fundamental influence to
many world-class musicians and guitar players.
One of his great goals (aside of the fact of adding a seventh string to the instrument or playing and recording
with artists such as Benny Goodman, Ray Noble and Frank Sinatra) is his orchestral concept of the guitar,
with an impressive control of voice leading and its perfect resolution, understanding harmony not as block
chords but simultaneous melodic lines in constant movement. This concept made him to develop an extremely powerful and precise technique resumed in his astonishing last work entitled Harmonic Mechanisms
For Guitar.
The purpose of this work has been to adapt for six string guitar with regular tuning the transcriptions of eleven tunes recorded by Van Eps through his extense career, being a very interesting challenge for the student.
The books notation has been kept as simple as possible for the purpose of understanding, ease of analysis
and faster reading.
Anyway the cd shows my personal interpretation.
Enjoy and good luck!

Jordi Farrs
Barcelona, January 2008

Nice Work If You Can Get It


q =154

George Gershwin

CD track 01
D /C #

# # 4 w
& 4 ww

w
w
w

rubato

( ) G 13 F 13 E 13
5
# # b n
& b
n b #
b
n

A b 7 # 11

E -7

#
& #

B b7 #11

# # n
& b
b

13

G # dim

# #
& n
#

17

E b Maj7

A 7sus4

A 13

A b7 #11

b b
b

D/A B -7

E-

( )
B -7

b

( ) A 13
#
b n

B b 7 #11

C 7 #11

D /F #

F dim

G # dim

E -/G

b n b

D /C #

w
ww

a tempo

E 13

F dim

b
n

n
n b
n

A 7sus 4

E b Maj7 D

C7

n
b
n
B -7/F # E/G # A -

C 7 #11

rubato

G 13 F 13

D/A B -7

B -7

a tempo

D/F #

E -/G

B-

B -6

j
21


# # n n ..

# n
n . n
#
&

.
J
J
D -7

G7

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B-

B -7

E 13

A -6

B7

E7

D Maj7/A

G -9/A

# # # n n
b
&
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25

C 7 #11

B b7 #11

B -7

# #

& b
n

33

&

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G # dim

E -/G

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A 13

G 13 F 13

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n
b b
n b
b
n
E -7

A 13 A 13/G

D/C #

n
#

D/A B -7

A 13

#
n
b

29

D dim/A

F #-7

F dim

b
n

B -7

poco rit.
F #-7

A9

E -7

##

&

37

E -7

##
&

41

B b7 #11

A9

B b-7

E b7

b n
b b
b

a tempo

A 13

# # n #

& b
b

45

B -7

B -7

A b7 #11

G 13 F 13

n
b b
n b
b
n

E -9

A9

D7

A b 7 G Maj7 G -7

n

b

n b

F #-7

B -7

C 7 #11

B -7

.. b
n

D/F #

E 13

F dim

b n b

E -/G

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G # dim

##
& n
#

49

D/A B - 7

A 7sus4

E-

E b Maj7 1.
D

G7 j
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&
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n
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B-

A-

B -6

D -7

B7

A -6

# # n . n
&

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C 7 #11

B7

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& b b
J n J

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D/F #

E7

w
w

E -7

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&

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A9

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#
J

b
J b

G # dim

A 13

..
b.
n
J
C 13

D Maj7/A

G -/A

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b
n b
J

D/A B -7

B7

n
b
n
B -/F # E/G #

E 13

B -7

B b7

b
b

D dim/A

A 13

n
#

# n n b

B b7 #11

C7


. n J # #

B-

## b n

n # n
&

# J

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E -/G

2.

G 13 F 13

b
n

E 13

F dim

b n b

n
F #-7

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E -7/B

A7

B -7

A9

F #7b13,#9

..
b ..

B7

..
# .

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b.
&
b

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E -7

A9

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b.
&
b

A9

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E b7

b n
b b
b

C 13

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&
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B -7

..
b.
n
J

A9

77

B b7

B7

# ...

G 7b9,b13 G # 7

D7

A b 7 G Maj7 G -7

n

b
B b7

b ..
b
A # 13

n b

F #-7



B -7

F #7#9,b13

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b .
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A9


b
C 7 b13

n #

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n

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.

"musicians have to make


musical things happen,
luck won't do it and
ignorance can't"

10

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For You
q=112

Joe Burke

CD track 02
F #-7

E6

G #-7

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&
4

F # 13

# # # #
#
&

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b n ..
n.

C 9#11

E6

F #-7/C # C # dim

A #-7b5

D #7b9

2.

# # # #
&

n b

# # # #
&
n
#

13

17

&

####

G #-7

G dim

b n

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C #-

F #-11

G #-7

B A7 3

D7

C #7

G7

n # n #

n n

1.

B9

b b b n
b
G #-7

B b-11 A 7 #11

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n.
n.

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nn
b
n
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B7

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n #

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b n

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F #-7

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b n ..
n.

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25

.
b n ..
n.

C 9#11

B9

B9

B 13

U
n

n n

n

n

n
w

C Maj7

F Maj7

"one lifetime is not long


enough to be a musician"
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Man I Love
George Gershwin

CD track 03
Eb

E b-7

A b7

D b Maj7

Gb9

j b j
b
b
w
b

n
64 b w
44

w
b

b
w
b 4
b
& b 4w
freely

accel.

D b/A b

b b
&bb

B b 13

bb b
&

C 7 b13

G -7b5

B6

E9

b b

#
n # #

E7

F -11

Eb

b
w
b
&bb w

10

D b 9/F D b 7

C 7 b13

E b Maj7 G 7 b13

A 13

j b
64 b b ww
w
C 7 b13

B6

n
n
3

accel.

A b Maj7

E b-7

G -7b5

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B b 13

..
.

# #
n

A b7

D b Maj7

G b-7

j
n
b

n
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b
F #7

B6

B 13

3
b
b

# n
b n b n
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#

& b b

# # n
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B b 13

b
&bb

16

F -11

B b 13

Eb

F #7

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C -6

#
b n

n
&bb

D 7 b13

C -7

bb #
& b

22

F9

& b n

bb b
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D b6,9

b
& b b b

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14

bb

G7


n n # n
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#

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28

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F #7

F -7

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B b7

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bw
b w
A b/G b

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b
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D b 13

D b 9/FD b 7 C 7 b13

b
n
b
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b
b

C 7 b13

n b
n n b
b

.
A b7

G7

F #7 G 7 A b7 G 7

C -Maj7

C -7

j C -7

n b

G7

# n
n

#
F -7

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n

C -Maj7

A b7

b n

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A b-

E b-7

G -7b5

C 7 b13

A b7 #11

B6

# n
n #

#
n

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b n b
b
b n
&bb

F -7

34

~~~~~~

B b 13

2
4

Eb

A b-6

4
n
4

rit.
Eb

b
& b b www
u

37

"approach
your
instrument
and your craft with love and
respect. I say that because the
respect bounces back; there's
feedback"

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15

I Wrote It For Jo
George Van Eps

q=108

CD track 04

# 4
& 4

Eb G

F# Bb

A 7b9

A7

.
b b b n n b ...

b n b ...
b #.

E -11

A 7b9

D7

C#

F #-11

A 7b9

b.

# b ...

b n
34 b b ..
. # ..

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G Maj7

A-

#
# 2
b
4 ..
& ... # .
4
4
n n #
.
J b

G/B

G Maj7 B b-7

A -7 D # dim A -7 D 13 G 9

Eb7

B7

D 13,b9 E b dim

1.

C Maj7

C7

B7

E -7

# b n

# n # b n

b #
n

& # b b
# n

2.

G 13

G 9/B

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.
J

A -7

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13

G Maj7

B 7#9

& n #

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16

D7

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E -/D

B7

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D 7#9

b n
n
#
# ... n

A 13/C #

B b 9/D

A 7/C #

E b7#9

b
#
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C #7

A b 7 G Maj7

B b 13

#
b b b

& b
n b

b
b #
n
D7

C -7

F 13

C -7

21

D7

A -7 D 7b9 G Maj7

#
&

25

A -7 D # dim A -7 D 13

#
& # n

29

G Maj7

F #7

C 13

3
#
&
b b #
b n

#
&

37

n
#

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C Maj7

C7

B7

E -7

G Maj7

F #7

b
b

G Maj7 B b-7

Eb7

n # # b n
# b b

A 7b9

D 7#9

#
b . n

n
n
b #
# .. n

F7 E7

G# 6

D 13,b9 E b dim G/B

A3

n b n #

33

G Maj7

G # dim

Eb 9

b
b n
b
b

F9

A 6,9

A 7b9

D 7#9

b . n
# .. n

A#6

B 6,9

b
#

F7 E7

b b #
b n

C6

C #6,9

# b
#

G Maj7

w
w

rit.

A 7b9

b .
# ..

j
n
n

D 7#9

17

Tangerine
Johnny Mercer

q=132
CD track 05
B b 7 b13

E b-9

bb b 4 n
& bb 4
#
n
D b 9/F

A b 13

.
w
w
.. w

. n b
J

E9

E b-7

A b7

bb b
n
& b b

E dim

B b7

B b 7 b13

n

J

b b b
b
& b n.

E9

2.

.. n ww

n
n n


bb b

n
& bb

F7

C -7b5

B 7 #11

13

B b-7

E b-7

A b7

B b 7 b13

n

n

B b-/D b

D b6,9

D b Maj7

1.

#
n

E b-7

B7

E b-/D b

E b7

C/E

G b7

D -7 E b-7

B b 7 b13

n n b

E b-7

A b7

bb b
& b b n b
n b

17

18

A7

E -7

n n n

F -7

C 7 b13

n
b

B 7 B 7
n
n b
n b

F -7

D -7

n
n

E b-7

B b 7 b13

n
b

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E b-7

~~~~~~

bb b b
& b

21

A b 13

A 13

D Maj7

G (#11)

n n n
#
# n n #
#
n
n
n
nw

E dim

F -7

E b-7

A b7

nn b b

Db

bb
b

& b b

25

"similar is not identical"

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19

I Hadn't Anyone 'till You


q=96

Ray Noble

CD track 06
Bb6

B b 6/F

D b/B

F/C

b b
bb ww
w
nw


4
b
& 4

b #
b

rubato
G -7

C 9 A b dim

& b n
b

C9

& b b

A -7

D9

G # dim

&b
#
n n #

a tempo

B b-6

B -7b5


n
b

F/A D 7/A D 7

13

B b9,#11

F 6,9

G -7

C 13

G -7

A b dim

A -7

F/A

n # n
b
C 7/C

F#9 G 9

E b 13 D 13

A -7b5

3
j # n

D -7

G 13

n
# n #

G -7

G -7#5

b
&

17

20

C 13

B7 C7

#
n

F 6,9

B b 13

A -7

E7

# #

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F #-7

A Maj7

n
#

& b # # #

21

B 9,13

# ##

E9

& b

A -7

b
b


b
& #

B b 6/F


&b

33

G -7

& b #

37

A -7/E F dim D/F #

D9

29

Bb6

n
#n n

## n n

C 13

G -7
25

A7

D 7 b13

n

B b-6

B -7b5

n
b

G7

G 7 A b 9/E b G 9/D

F # dim

C7

n b b # n
#

D -7/A

F/A

G 7 G b7

F7

b n b
3

#
# #
b

b n
n b b
#
b
D b/B

F/C

b
n

C 9 F # dim

D7

w
w


#

#
G -11

C 13

A -7

D -7

.
.

Eb7

D7

b b
b

n
#

E b 13

D 13

b n
#

B b-7 E b 7

D7

bb bb #

G 13

G 7 b13

& b n

41

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B b-6


b b b


n b

G -11

C 13

G/B

F/A

D b 7/A b

nb

n

21

G -7

E b7

F Maj7

C 7#9b13

D7

b# b # b #

& b
.

J b

45

poco rit.

B -6

rubato

B b-6

& b #
n b
n
b

49

A -7

A b dim

n
b

G -7


nb b

G -7

C 7 D b 7sus 4 C 7sus4 C 13

#
b

C 7#9b13

ww
U

"strive to please yourself; at


least you know you're pleasing
someone. And in that process,
be honest"

22

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Fourty-Eight
q=160

George Van Eps

CD track 07

b 4
b
& b 4

C -6(9)

b
& b b n

F -6(9)

bb
& b

G 7 b13

w
n n ww

C 7 b13

C -Maj7(9)

n ww
#
w

C -/B b

F -Maj7(9)

. J

D -7b5

A -7b5

G 7 b13


n b n b

C 7 b13

b n
#

F -Maj7(9)

j

n

G 7b9,b13

E b-9

C -Maj7(9)

A b 13

C -7

b b b
b
b b
&

n #
J

13

b
& b b n

17

G7

C -6

b
b
& b n

21

G 7 b13

w
n b n ww

C 7 b13

C -Maj7(9)

w
# n ww

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F -Maj7(9)

. n J

G 7 b13

G7

C -Maj7(9)

# b n

F -7/C

j


n
G 7/B

D -7

n n

n b n

C 7 b13

C -7/G

F -Maj7(9)

C -7/G

F -7/C

23

F -6(9)

b
b
& b

25

G 7 #11

j #

n #
n

D -7b5

C -11/B b

E b-9

C -7

A b 13

b
b
& b

33

G7

Db9

D 7b9

G 7 b13

n b
b

C -7

b

& b b # n b

bb 3
& b 4
accel.

C -7

n
# b

C -6/G

# n

F 7#9 A 7 b13 D 7b9,#11 G 7b9,#11 C -Maj7

C -7

4 #n
4

2
4


b

J

G 7 b13

D 7b9

# n

37

41

C -6/G

A b 13

G7

b
b
b
b
&
J b b

29

rit.

#
n

n
#

ww
n ww
w
u

n
u

C -Maj7

4 nw
4 w

3
4

"do it, do it and do it"


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Cheek to Cheek

Irving Berlin

q=168

CD track 08

w
4
&b 4 w
.
F6

% F6

& b ..

&b

G -6

D b7

n b
b
&
b

13

C7

G 13

C7

G # dim

n
#

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C 13

F/A

C7

ww
.

F6

G -7

G -7 G -/F # G -7/F G -/E G -/D D b


& b
b

17

b w
.

D -7

F6

F -6

A7

b w
.

A7

b
#

D 7b9/C

D -7

G -7

C 13

E b7

D7

G 13

b
b
#
b

G -7

F6

F -6

Eb

b
n j

G 9/B

#
D

#
C 7b9/B b

D b7


n
b

A b7

b
b
C 7b9/G b

bw
b
b
J

25

F6

D -7

G -7

& b

21

F6

&b

25

G -6

D b7

& b n b b

29

C7

G 13

C9

G -7


& b
b

33

37

G -7

& b

41

G -7

& b

26

C7

C7

C 13

G # dim

n
#

C7

Eb

D7

G 13

A b-7

A b-7

# n
b n
b

G -7

C7

G -7

D b7


n
b

A -7 A b-7

b n
b

A -7

b
b

C 7b9

A b7

D7

b b

b n
b

A 7 b13 D -7

C 13

E b7

A7

G -7

b b
#
b

G -7

A -7

D -7

A7

F/A

F6

A b-7

b n
b

A -7

A b-7


b n

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C 13

G -7

& b n

G -7

& b

49

F-

b
&

57

61

A -7

A -/G # A -7/G A -6/G b


& b
b
F6

j
.
& b

65

C7

F 6/C

j
.

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G -9

F/A

G -7 3

C 13

Db9

b b
n

b
3

C 7b9

Eb

A -/E

B b Maj7

#
C 13

G -7

C 13

A b-7

j
.

F6

G b 13

b b

D b7

G 7 b13

n
b

D -/C #

D-

A b-7

A -7

b n

b
b

G -7

F Maj7

F -6

bb

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G -7

F -/E b

F -/E

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b
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& w

F Maj7

F # dim

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F Maj7

b b ..
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C 13

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3

D.S. al Coda

A b7

G -7

b
b
A -7

A b-7

n b
b
b

C 13

G -7

C 13

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B b7 #11

A 7 b13

D -11

D b 13

B 13 C 13

b
n n#

b

n
b

F Maj7

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&b w
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"we haven't even begun to scratch


the surface of the surface yet"

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Why Was I Born?


Jerome Kern / Oscar Hammerstein II

CD track 09
Eb

ww
b 4 w
b
& b 4
rubato

nb www

E b6,9

bb b w
& ww

E b dim

B b 13

B b-11

b b
&bb

13

Eb

bb ww
& b

17

E b Maj7/B b

b w
b
& b
w

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b
b

A b Maj7

A 7 #11

A -7b5 A b 9

G -7

b n w w

#w

nw

B b 9/D

C 13

n b n
B b/D

Db9

F -11

Ab6

C 7/E

G -7

F -7 B b7 #11

G -7

F9


n b

E b dim

A7

A b Maj7

#
n

n J

bb
n b
& b

F9

n b

A7

E -7

a tempo E b

F -7

F -7

F -7

F -11

E b dim

F -7

B b 13

B b 13

D7

B b7

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Eb

F9

B b 13

A -7b5 A b 9

n b

bb
n b
& b

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E b Maj7

D b7

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b ..
b
n
b
& .
rubato

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C 7#9,b13

C 13

G -7

F 13

B b7

F -7

# .
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n ww

A b9,13

D b9,13

E Maj7


n #
n #

n # ww

rit.

b
& b b # # ww # #
n w

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B Maj7

A 6#11

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E (#11)

n # www

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"I'm just trying to play lap piano"

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Ain't Misbehavin'
q=126

Andy Razaf / Harry Brooks / Fats Waller

CD track 10

F -7

bb b 4
& b b 4
Db

B b-7

F -7 B b 7

bb b n
& b b

D b/F

E7

Db6

F -7 B b 7

bb b b n .
# n
& b

bb b n
& b b

13

D b/F

E7

bb b n .
# n
& b b

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E b-9

E b-7

A b 7sus 4

A b9,13

Db

D b Maj7

B b7b9,b13

# bn

A b-11 D b 7

n
b

E b-7

A b9,13

Eb 9

Gb6

A b7b9,b13

n n

B 9#11

n b
n
n # ..

n.

B b7

E b7

A 7 A b7

n # n b # n b
n
n b
n b

E b-7

Db

A b9,13

F -7

B7

A b-11

D b 13

Gb6

B9

. j n b

n
# ..n b n
b

n.

E b-7

A b9,13 D 7

Db

A b-7

D b7

G -7

C -6

n
n

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B b-

B b-#5

B b-6

B b7

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bb b b w n b n b w. n n n # n
& b .
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#
# ww
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n
B -6

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A b/C

B7

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bb b
n #
& bb

n n

B b-7

F -7

B b7

bb b n
& b b

29

D b/F

E7

bb b n .
# n
& b b

33

D b/F

E7

bb b b n .
# n
& b

37

D b6,9

b
& b b b b ww .
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E b-7

A b9,13

Db

B7

B b7 E 7

n b n n
n b

A b-11

D b 13

E b7

Gb6

A b7

b n

n b
B9

n b
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.n b
n
#
n

n
n
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n.

E b-7

E b-7

A b9,13 G b-7

D b/F

E7

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n # n

A b 13 D 7

Db

2
4

n n # n #n b b
n
3

B dim F -7
A b7
E b-7/B b

25

Db6

E b-7

A b9,13

G b-7

n
n

4 n # n b b
4 n #
b n
3

freely

b b
n

D b6,9

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I Could Write a Book


Richard Rodgers

q=100

CD track 11

b4
b
& 4

freely
B b/D

bb
&

F/A

b
b
&

F/A

b
b
&

13

F7

b
& b

17

B b Maj7

F7

C -9

C -7

E -7b5

F7

F/E b



n b

A b dim G dim

n b nn
b
C -9

F 13

F7

b
b

&

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B b Maj7

D -7

B b 9/D

D b dim

n #
b

F 13

A 7 b13

B b Maj7

F 13

C -7

D -7

#n

B b Maj7

..

. #
. #
J

B b Maj7

B b Maj7 G 7b13,#9

G7

C -7

b b b
n
b

G 7/B

B b Maj7 G 7b13,#9

C7

F 13

C -7

# n

F7

B 7 b13

E b-

E -7b5

F 13

F7

C -7

B b Maj7

G7

Bb6

F 7sus4

C -11

b

n .

C -7/G

B b-6

B b/D

C -/B b

F 7/C

C -7/G

33

&

bb

E b Maj7

b
b
&

29

b
& b ## w
nw

33

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F/E b

E -7b5



n b

E b-Maj7(9)

B b 9/D

Bb

B Maj7

D dim

C -7

n #
b

D -/A b G 7

n
b

F7

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C -7

b
b
F 13

nw

# #
#

b
n
F # 13

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# # ww
#w

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rit.

E Maj7#11

E7

F -7

B b6,9

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