My Funny Valentine – Chord Melody, Single-Note Solo & Chord Shapes

Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

Tune’s History

My Funny Valentine was written in 1937 for the musical Babe in ArmsToday, it is among the most played and recorded standards of all time having appeared on over a whopping 1300 albums.

Rodgers and Hart: Babes In Arms

It was first recorded as a standalone tune in the 40s and, in fact, the version with Gerry Mulligan’s quartet featuring Chet Baker was inducted into the National Library of Congress for its significance in American song and culture.

The Nuts and Bolts

Musicians often opt to play this tune in C minor, but I have seen it performed in several keys. I personally like to play it in D minor as well because it lends itself to certain voicings that I like.

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The A sections of the tune stick to the minor tonality rather faithfully. In the B section, it goes to the relative major of C minor which is Eb major. Toward the end, it goes back to the minor key with a surprise ending in the major key once again.

My Funny Valentine: Comping Ideas

Here are some very basic shapes you can use to get a feel for the harmony to this tune. You’ll want to learn these on every set of strings possible and all over the fretboard the best you can!

My Funny Valentine: Comping Ideas

My Funny Valentine: Chord Melody

This chord melody has plenty of fun twists and turns as well as obstacles you’ll need to learn to tackle such as m(maj7) chords. Lots of fun here. Take your time with this.

My Funny Valentine: Single-Note Solo

As with the chord melody, we have some fun obstacles to tackle here. The descending line in a static minor chord is a very common cliche and it’s important to know how to handle it in different situations!

My Funny Valentine: Chord Reference Sheet

Lastly, as always, we provide you with a chord reference sheet with some fun shapes for you to comp over this tune.

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Suggested Listening

-Chet Baker’s My Funny Valentine collection released in 1994. Here the master of cool jazz sings this classic in a nice setting. 

My Funny Valentine: My Funny Valentine

-Bill Evans & Jim Hall’s Undercurrent album released in 1962. Here we have a frantic version played by two of the most influential voices in jazz history.

My Funny Valentine: Undercurrent

-Miles Davis’ Cookin’ album released in 1956. This is one of the most well-known versions of this tune.

My Funny Valentine: Cookin' With the Miles Davis Quintet

-Frank Sinatra’s Classic Sinatra – His Great Performances 1953-1960 collection released in 2000. A selection for this tune without Sinatra’s version would come up short!

My Funny Valentine: Classic Sinatra - His Great Performances 1953-1960


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7 thoughts on “My Funny Valentine – Chord Melody, Single-Note Solo & Chord Shapes

  1. Hi! I would love to download these pdfs but I can’t… It seems that the download page does not exist. Since this is the first time I comment on this website, I also would like to thank you because it is giving me inspiration to start playing some jazz music on my classical guitar. Greetings from Italy

    • Hi Luc, when you click on the link, a dialogue box will open up asking you to enter your email and first name so we can send the PDF link to you. Once you fill it out and click “Yes! I want the PDF now!!”, an email should arrive within a minute or so. You might have to check your spam filter. When you open the email, click on “Claim Your Download” and you will immediately download the PDF for My Funny Valentine. Let me know which step of this process isn’t working for you and how and I’ll try to help you out.

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