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 #139221  by tatittle
 Thu May 22, 2014 10:39 pm
Okay, I am looking to do this song justice (Goergia On My Mind) and was hoping some folks could give me some shortcuts on singing the solo like Jerry does here:

I have been working on the framework of the song, but I welcome tips on the chords as well. Its another of those songs that has lots of little things that one can miss at first but when its right its magic.
 #139239  by mgbills
 Fri May 23, 2014 5:22 pm
Studied this for 3 months with my local jazz teacher.

The chord changes are the same as the Hoagy Carmichael version. Killer. Absolutely wonderful.

FM7 Em7b5 A7b9 Dm7 Dm7/C Bm7b5 Bbm7 Eb7 Am7 D7 Gm7 C7 Am7 C7b9#5. Repeat to the D7 then
Gm7 C7 FMaj7 Em7b5 A7#9

B section

Dm7 ….Bb7 A7
Dm7 …Dm7 G7
Dm7 Dm7/C# Dm7/C Bm7b5 A7 D7 G7 C7

etc. I could scan a copy and post it next week…but I'm not going to the office over the weekend.

Em7b5 is Em7 half-diminshed if I remember correctly.

I love jamming along with this. A brilliant study in strolling between major & minor. Jerry's solo's are heavenly. Brilliant Strat/Twin tone. Loud.

 #139247  by tatittle
 Fri May 23, 2014 11:37 pm
Thanks Bills,
I have learned it in G so far (that's Rays key I think). It looks like you have a m7b5 > m7 where I came up with a M7 > #dim
so I will look at that part again, and listen to the other versions. I cant get comfortable with 1 of the turnarounds either, maybe I just need to find the right voicing.
 #139253  by jeager
 Sat May 24, 2014 5:40 am
Never heard Jerry do this but studied the John Scofield version...chord melody solo for long time, earned a lot from it and throw bits and pieces in when i do it with my trio. It written one of his Jazz Funk Guitar books. I play it in E ....Sco transcription indicates tuning half step in this video
 #139256  by mgbills
 Sat May 24, 2014 8:51 am
The Carmichael version has that 2nd chord as E Ø7. I believe this is a convention for 1/2 dim. b5. In this case m7b5.

I always have to look it up if I haven't played it in a while. I know the chord with my fingers, and it looks like an Em7b5. But you know how naming conventions go. There is some fuzziness out there.