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The best thing for you is me

Post by Katalin » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:12 pm

Not many people seem to know this tune, but it is an interesting one by Irving Berlin and with really great lyrics.
I am playing it in F major because it's the best thing for me, I mean key for my voice. In this key the first chord of the tune is E7 and the first phrase to sing in each A section is an E7 arpeggio. I would like to insert a chord(s) in the turn arounds that will help me to start singing from the E note.
When I get to the first turn around at the end of the A section it is / Am7 / D7 / and now I have to pitch an E note again for the start of the melody in the next A section. I found that an Eb dim with an A on top, on the last beat / Am7 / D7 Ebdim/ helps me to enter on the E7. Is Ebdim the best passing chord in the circumstances? here it seems to be the A on top that helps to get into E7.

The melody of the bridge is in Ab, last 2 bars are /Gm7 / C7 / my last note is a C, and again I need a passing chord(s) to come out of this Ab feeling and help me to feel and sing the E7 arpeggio on the last A section. Just inserting the Ebdim again on it's own on the last beat did not feel quite right in this instance. Any suggestions would be very welcome.

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Re: The best thing for you is me

Post by mdmellis » Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:26 am

Nice tune. It's basically a series of II-V's descending by whole step. I usually play the first two measure as a II-V as well or |Bm7 |E7 | in the key of F. The problem is that doesn't make that first note any easier to find because the E is the 11th of Bm7. As for the 1st ending (or last 2 bars of the first A section), I think that is generally a III-VI-II-V (or in F: Am7 D7b9 |Gm7 C7 |). To find the note going into the next A section: 1) Remember the note from beat 4 of bar 6--It is the same. 2) Hear the third of the V7 chord-C7 or 3) add a passing chord as you are doing with the Ebdim. You might also try a descending dominant from C7 to B7 which would lead nicely to the E7 in bar one. This same descending 1/2 step (C7-B7-E7) can work for the transition from the bridge too. Good luck. ;)
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Re: The best thing for you is me

Post by Katalin » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:22 am

Thank you so much. I could think of the 3rd of the C to help me but the descending dominant C7 to B7 is a great suggestion, just gets me where I'm going with the E7 without having to think about it.
Also the III-VI-II-V for the first ending sounds much better then what I had on the lead sheet of just / Am7 / D7 /.
For the first 2 bars of the tune I'll keep the E7 when I'm singing for now, but will play / Bm7 / E7 / (sounds good) for solos.
Also thanks for pointing out that the tune's harmony descends by whole step.
Descending dominants will be on my mind from now on

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