i though autumn leaves was in a minor key.
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looks like c minor to me.
the relative major of c minor is eb, the key signature is that of eb.

autumn leaves goes back and forth between  

ii v i in eb and ii v i in c minor

it's the best of both worlds!
that is also the key signature of c minor.
it's in a minor key, regardless of modulations.
i know it ends up in c minor, but you don't think of the first four measures as ii v i in eb?
don't start with me, mister man!
you know it's how it ends that matters!
;-)
actually, i think of the first four bars as being ii-v-i of iii.
the tune is definitely in a minor key (c minor in this case) - maybe you should have asked if anyone does it in 3 flats...

in the old days when i first started gigging, the players would point three fingers down for 3 flats or 3 fingers up for three sharps - they didn't usually specify tonal center - you'd be playing a tune, a dude would turn around, give you a hand signal for a new key and change tunes - i had to just grab a hold and stay with em - learned a bunch of tunes that way :)

as for what key i do autumn leaves?  i do it in a different key each time i play it - keeps me in touch with the keyboard:)
i like to play it in c# minor.  it gives it that tragic aura.
reason being, i have always loved the key of e major due to its etherial, poignant quality.  it only follows that its relative minor would be tres pathetique.
thems some fancy words there cynbad!  i'm impressed!
;-)
7 will just hate it.
he's probably whistling something neither of us will understand :)
me neither
i am trying to make sense of the broken circle but i cant get it from the explanation? maybe its just me
many singers like to do this tune in c minor, i've noticed.  

i agree with 7, i think of the first chord as iv.
yes, the first chord is iv, but iv is also the ii of iii if you are doing a ii-v-i pattern on iii, which is what is happening.
:)
the fun thing about autumn leaves is it gives you both sides of the coin, it jumps back and forth from the ii v i in major and ii v i in the relative minor.
is that the fun thing about it?

how many keys would you say "all the things you are" is in?
1,000,000,000
i play it in ab, but it modulates around a lot.
you mean, "all the chords you know"?
is that what people call it?  lol
i like to play it in g..


........or em!
you mean 1 sharp ?  heh heh
this tune is particularly easy to play in other keys - the first note is the tonic - ya wanna play it in fm?  start on f...
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