Chord Changes

Every song is based on a basic chord structure upon which the melody relies for overall feeling and sound. Altered chords (variations of the original chords) make a song sound even more rich and professionally arranged. Frank Mantooth has written this series of "The Best Chord Changes ..." books to give pianists the very best chord changes for some of the most beautiful songs ever written. Each book includes 100 songs with the melody line, chord symbols, lyrics, and a second line of altered chords printed in red above the original chords. Note, however, that many of the books in this class are now "Out of Stock" and may only be available as used books.

Real Chord Changes for 54 Standards

Professional Arrangements in an Easy-to-Read Fake Book. Includes innovative chord substitutions, introductions and endings, and 54 great standards, including:

All by Myself * Alright, Okay, You Win * Autumn in New York * Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea * Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans * The Girl from Ipanema * Harlem Nocturne * Heat Wave * I Love Paris * In the Still of the Night * Makin' Whoopee! * A Man and a Woman * September Song * Till There Was You * The Very Thought of You * We Kiss in a Shadow * Younger Than Springtime ... and more.

Hal Leonard, $15, ISBN-13: 9780793568437, 54 songs, 120pp, Nov '96

Real Chord Changes and Substitutions, Christmas Favorites

Professional arrangements of favorite standards in an easy-to-read fakebook format. This book adds interest and excitement to Christmas classics through the use of chord substitutions, printed in red above the original chords. Playing tips, introductions, and endings are included for many of the songs. Over 70 songs including:

Angels We Have Heard on High · Away in a Manger · The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) · Frosty the Snow Man · O Holy Night · and more.

Hal Leonard, $14.95, ISBN-13: 9780793516667, 112pp, 56 songs, Aug '92

Best Chord Changes for the Most Popular Songs

Songs include:

Ain't She Sweet · The Birth of the Blues · The Christmas Song · Dream a Little Dream of Me · Getting to Know You · In the Mood · Oklahoma · The Rainbow Connection · Star Dust · Sunrise Serenade · Take the 'A' Train · The Way We Were · You Oughta Be in Pictures and more.

Hal Leonard, $24.95, ISBN-13: 9780793573394, 100 songs, 208pp, Feb '98

Best Chord Changes for the Most Requested Standards


All the Things You Are · Button Up Your Overcoat · Chances Are · It's Only a Paper Moon · Just the Way You Are · Misty · On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) · Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars · Smoke Gets in Your Eyes · Tuxedo Junction · What a Diff'rence a Day Made · more.

Hal Leonard, $24.95, ISBN-13: 9780881888539, 100 songs, 211pp, Sep '90

Best Chord Changes for the Worlds Greatest Standards

Includes historic annotations by Dr. David N. Baker. Songs:

Easy Street · Gone with the Wind · Here's That Rainy Day · The Lady Is a Tramp · My Favorite Things · My Funny Valentine · Opus One · People · Skylark · Somewhere out There · Stompin' at the Savoy · Summertime · more.

Hal Leonard, $24.95, ISBN-13: 9780881888522, 100 songs, 216pp, Feb '90

Best Chord Changes for the Best Known Songs>


April in Paris· Be Careful, It's My Heart· Blue Skies· The Girl from Ipanema· I Remember You· Let's Fall in Love· Mood Indigo· Satin Doll· Song for My Father· Unforgettable· The Very Thought of You· Willow Weep for Me· You Took Advantage of Me· more.

Hal Leonard, $24.95, 100 songs, 208 pp, Feb '95 (Out of Stock)

The Best Chord Changes for the Best Standards Ever


Alice In Wonderland · All of You · Body and Soul · Cheek to Cheek · Harlem Nocturne · If I Loved You · It's Impossible · Look for the Silver Lining · Mona Lisa · Moon River · My Blue Heaven · Tangerine · Waltz for Debby · You're My Everything · more.

Hal Leonard, $25, 100 songs, 216pp, Feb '90 (Out of Stock)

Dick Hyman's Professional Chord Changes and Substitutions for 100 Tunes

Songs include:

Alone Together · Am I Blue? · Body and Soul · Do It Again · Get Happy · Lulu's Back in Town · Mack the Knife · Misty · Night and Day · Skylark · Soon · Sweet Georgia Brown · Time After Time · You Go to My Head · You're the Top and more.

Hal Leonard, $22.50, ISBN-13: 9780943748146, 100 songs, Jan '86 (Out of Stock)

All The Right Changes

The best chord changes and substitutions for 100 more songs that every musician should know. This is a big songbook with melodies, lyrics, and chord changes with a more professional flair than normally found. Substitutions for many chords are suggested as an alternative to let you create interesting arrangements. The songs are timeless standards, many from older eras like the '20's and '30's.

Ekay Music, $22.50, ISBN-13: 9780943748429, 100 songs, Mar '90 (Out of Stock)

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