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Message: Can't understand why this chord change works...

Changed By: jjjtttggg
Change Date: March 27, 2017 08:43PM

Can't understand why this chord change works...
Hi all...

New here, hoping somebody can help me.

I'm trying to understand why a chord change works in the showtimune/jazz standard "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face".
In the second half of the song (first verse words "I was serenely independent and content before we met, surely I could always stay that way again and yet." The chords as notated in the transcription I have are | Ab6 D7 | Eb C7+ | Fm7 Bb7 | G+ C7+ |. Each chord covers half a measure which is exactly 4 syllables (8th notes) of the words, beginning with the Ab6 on the "-rene-" of serenely. The first three syllables are pick up notes over an Eb6.

The song is in Eb, so the sequence is | IV6 VII7 | I VI7+ | ii7 V7 | III+ VI7+ |.

It seems likely to me the I in measure two is really a iii+, which makes the rest of the phrase make good sense, as does the rest of the song that follows. What I can't make any sense of, though, is VII7 coming after the IV. It works very logically ahead of the next chord (whether it's a I or a iii+, either way it works), but I can't understand the IV - VII7. It sounds good in the song. Anybody here have any ideas as to why, from a theory perspective?

Any insights appreciated, as it is really bugging me!
Changed By: jjjtttggg
Change Date: March 27, 2017 08:42PM

Can't understand why this chord chagr nge works...
Hi all...

New here, hoping somebody can help me.

I'm trying to understand why a chord change works in the showtime/jazz standard "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face".
In the second half of the song (first verse words "I was serenely independent and content before we met, surely I could always stay that way again and yet." The chords as notated in the transcription I have are | Ab6 D7 | Eb C7+ | Fm7 Bb7 | G+ C7+ |. Each chord covers half a measure which is exactly 4 syllables (8th notes) of the words, beginning with the Ab6 on the "-rene-" of serenely. The first three syllables are pick up notes over an Eb6.

The song is in Eb, so the sequence is | IV6 VII7 | I VI7+ | ii7 V7 | III+ VI7+ |.

It seems likely to me the I in measure two is really a iii+, which makes the rest of the phrase make good sense, as does the rest of the song that follows. What I can't make any sense of, though, is VII7 coming after the IV. It works very logically ahead of the next chord (whether it's a I or a iii+, either way it works), but I can't understand the IV - VII7. It sounds good in the song. Anybody here have any ideas as to why, from a theory perspective?

Any insights appreciated, as it is really bugging me!

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Author: jjjtttggg
Date: March 27, 2017 08:41PM

Can't understand why this chord chagr works...
Hi all...

New here, hoping somebody can help me.

I'm trying to understand why a chord change works in the showtime/jazz standard "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face".
In the second half of the song (first verse words "I was serenely independent and content before we met, surely I could always stay that way again and yet." The chords as notated in the transcription I have are | Ab6 D7 | Eb C7+ | Fm7 Bb7 | G+ C7+ |. Each chord covers half a measure which is exactly 4 syllables (8th notes) of the words, beginning with the Ab6 on the "-rene-" of serenely. The first three syllables are pick up notes over an Eb6.

The song is in Eb, so the sequence is | IV6 VII7 | I VI7+ | ii7 V7 | III+ VI7+ |.

It seems likely to me the I in measure two is really a iii+, which makes the rest of the phrase make good sense, as does the rest of the song that follows. What I can't make any sense of, though, is VII7 coming after the IV. It works very logically ahead of the next chord (whether it's a I or a iii+, either way it works), but I can't understand the IV - VII7. It sounds good in the song. Anybody here have any ideas as to why, from a theory perspective?

Any insights appreciated, as it is really bugging me!