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Hello,

I'm fairly new to piano and looking to tackle some jazz. I have completed Alfred's Book 1, and have learned all the major scales and some chords in each. I have also learned a few complete songs, including At Last and some other songs.

I'm interested in Autumn Leaves for several reasons. Of course, it's a beautiful song, first and foremost. As importantly to me, I feel it will be educational for me to learn the chord progression and song structure, and it will be a song I can develop more and more deeply as I improve.

My question is should I try to learn Autumn Leaves in G minor or in E minor? I saw there is a long (124 page) thread on Autumn Leaves, and I've downloaded some sheet music, but don't know which key to attempt first. I probably won't have time in my life to learn both well, so don't want to embark on this journey only to find I've made a mistake!

Thanks for any recommendations!


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Unless you're going to die in the next 12 months I'd say you have enough time to learn it in all 12 keys if you really wanted to.

Most things I've seen that teach it as a beginner standard use E minor.

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All the piano scores I have show it written with 2 flats. It's probably easier to play on the guitar with one sharp.

One of my clients prefers to sing it in a couple of different keys than that as it's more befitting her vocal range.

It's good practice to play it in a variety of different key signatures.

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It's played in either Gm or Em depending on the Real Book. But Em is likely easier for beginners since there's only one black key.

I prefer Gm because Em has become to mechanical for me and I feel comfortable with more black keys.


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Here's a good beginner friendly tutorial on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ROlj_kq7A.

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BTW since Autumn Leaves is just ii-V-I in major and ii-v-i in the relative minor, one should be shooting to be able to play it in any key.


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The chart I have for it is in Am, which makes the vocal range E4 - G5, the middle of Mezzo. I use the free MuseScore notation program, which will transpose anything to any key you want. See who may want to sing it with you, and pick a key based on their most comfortable range.



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Thank you all for the comments. I like that video; I think I'll try to learn the basic chords, then the inversions. I think this exercise is going to help me learn a lot!


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Am D G C Am B Em (3x) Am B Em (2x)
Not by a piano now, but I've got a little tablet keyboard, and that seems to be how I play it. No guarantee. smile

Best of Luck


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FarmerJ: I think most people play the Am before the B7 as F# half diminished. You're also missing the turn around near the end.

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jjo: I do like your voicing better. Thanks
I never did see the sheet music for this.



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Originally Posted by Farmerjones
Am D G C Am B Em (3x) Am B Em (2x)


Here are the changes I'm using:

|| Dm Dm7 | G7 | CMaj7 C6 | FMaj7 | Bdim Bm7b5 | E7 | Am Am7 |

Am/E | Dm Dm7 | G7 | CMaj7 C6 | FMaj7 | Dm Bm7b5 | E7 | Am ||

|| E7 | E7 | Am7 | Am7 | G7 | G7 | CMaj7 | CMaj7 | Bm7b5 | E7 |

Am7 | Am7 | Bm7b5 | E7 | Am ||

Those always seemed sort of straight plain vanilla to me, very standard....



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Good evening. Autumn Leaves? The best key to play it in is the key of melancholy and regret!


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