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Monk Thelonious chords for Round midnight

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Round Midnight  -   Thelonious Monk
                 -----------------------------------------------


                                   arranged by Howard Wright
                                   H.Wright@astro.cf.ac.uk


I worked out these chords by listening to two versions of the song
I've got - one with Monk playing solo at the piano, and another with
him and drums, bass, horns etc.


The two versions aren't exactly the same - but I've tried to find
the common ground between them to get a 'basic' arrangement.

You can play around with the chords, jazzing them up a bit, but the ones
I'll give at the start are the 'basics'.

Within the versions I've got, there's a lot of variation in the chords.
Especially Monk's playing at the piano - he seems to love adding flat
5ths to every other chord !!!

In fact, if you want to increase the 'Monk factor', instead of playing
straight 7ths, play 7-5 chords instead.

E.g in the intro chords instead of :  Am7-5   A chord diagramD7D7    Gm7-5   A chord diagramC7C7  etc

You could play :  Am7-5   D7-5    Gm7-5   C7-5





Intro :
--------


   Am7-5               A chord diagramD7D7            Gm7-5             A chord diagramC7C7

E---------8------8-------------------------6------6------------
B---4-6-8----8-6----8-6-7------------2-4-6----6-4---6-4-5------
G--------------------------------------------------------------
D--------------------------------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------


   Fm7-5              A chord diagramBb7Bb7

E--------4------4------------------------------------------------
B--0-2-4----4-2----4-2-3-----------------------------------------------
G--------------------------------------------------------------
D--------------------------------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------



Verse 1 :
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 A chord diagramEbmEbm  Ebm/D  Ebm/Db   A chord diagramCm6Cm6  A chord diagramAbm7Abm7  A chord diagramDb7Db7   A chord diagramEbm6Ebm6               A chord diagramBm7Bm7  A chord diagramE7E7  A chord diagramBbM7Bbm7  A chord diagramEb7Eb7

E----------6-----------------6--------------6--9--8------------------------
B--------6---7--------------------9-------7----------------10---9---9----8-
G------8---------------8----------------8---------------8------------------
D----8--------------8--------------------------------------------------
A-------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------


  A chord diagramAbm7Abm7            A chord diagramDb9Db9      Ebm*   Ab7-5  Cm7-5  A chord diagramF7F7   Bb7-5

E--------11---14---13---------------------------------------------
B-----12---------------14---11------------------------------------
G--13--------------------------------------11---10----8h9---------
D--------------------------------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------





Verse 2 :
----------

Almost exactly the same - but play A chord diagramGbmaj7Gbmaj7 in the 3rd line
instead of Ebm*


A chord diagramEbmEbm  Ebm/D  Ebm/Db   A chord diagramCm6Cm6    A chord diagramAbm7Abm7  A chord diagramDb7Db7

A chord diagramEbm6Ebm6      A chord diagramBm7Bm7  A chord diagramE7E7  A chord diagramBbM7Bbm7  A chord diagramEb7Eb7

A chord diagramAbm7Abm7   A chord diagramDb9Db9  A chord diagramGbmaj7Gbmaj7   Ab7-5

Cm7-5   A chord diagramF7F7   Bb7-5





One small variation you can try is on the second line of chords.
Instead of staying on A chord diagramEbm6Ebm6 then going to Bm7, you could try this :


A chord diagramEbm6Ebm6   A chord diagramAb7Ab7   A chord diagramBm7Bm7 A chord diagramE7E7 A chord diagramBbM7Bbm7 A chord diagramEb7Eb7



The rest of the song repeats these chord changes - but breaks them up a bit
and varies them as the solos go over the top.



Chord Shapes :
--------------


These are just suggested shapes - you could try others.


Note - I've included two alternatives for these chords : Bm7, Bbm7, E7, A chord diagramEb7Eb7


  EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
  5x554x    x5453x    3x332x    x3231x    1x110x    6x676x

   Am7-5      A chord diagramD7D7        Gm7-5     A chord diagramC7C7       Fm7-5     A chord diagramBb7Bb7


  A chord diagramE MajorE  A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramBB A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramE MajorE  A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramBB A chord diagramE MajorE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
  11 9 8 x x x    10 9 8 x x x    998xxx    8x78xx    464444

    A chord diagramEbmEbm               Ebm/D       Ebm/Db     A chord diagramCm6Cm6       A chord diagramAbm7Abm7


  EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
  x4342x    x6x576    757xxx    056xxx    646xxx    x6564x

    A chord diagramDb7Db7      A chord diagramEbm6Ebm6      A chord diagramBm7Bm7        A chord diagramE7E7       A chord diagramBbM7Bbm7      A chord diagramEb7Eb7


  EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
  x43444    x68876    4x453x    8x887x    x8786x    6x675x

    A chord diagramDb9Db9      Ebm*      Ab7-5    Cm7-5      A chord diagramF7F7        Bb7-5


  EADGBE    EADGBE      EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
  2x332x    4x454x      797777    076750    686666    x6564x

   A chord diagramGbmaj7Gbmaj7     A chord diagramAb7Ab7        A chord diagramBm7Bm7        A chord diagramE7E7       A chord diagramBbM7Bbm7      A chord diagramEb7Eb7

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