All Of Me

All of Me was written in 1931 by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks and has since become a popular jazz standard, especially among gypsy jazz guitar players. The song is suitable for beginners because of its slow harmonic movement (most chords last two bars).

In this lesson, you will analyze the chords of All of Me, learn how to play the melody, and how to improvise a single-note solo over its chord changes.

Recommended listening:

  • Louis Armstrong – 1931-1932
  • Django Reinhardt – Nuages (1940)
  • Billie Holiday – Love Me, Love My Dog (1941)
  • Frank Sinatra – Swing Easy! (1954)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Swings Gently with Nelson (1962)

 

All of Me – Video

All Of Me Jazz Guitar Lesson - Melody and Solo

All of Me – Melody

Backing Track (made with Band in a Box)

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Listen & Play-Along

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All of Me melody guitar tabs page 1
All of Me melody guitar tabs page 2
All of Me melody guitar tabs page 3

 

All of Me – Analysis

Before we go on to the solo, we’ll have a look at the harmonic structure and the scales you can use over All of Me.

Structure: 32 bars long, with an ABAC structure. A1 and A2 are identical.

Key: the version in the Real Book is in C major. The original was recorded in Bb major.

 

All of Me harmonic analysis

 

C Major Scale

The C major scale can be used on all chords that are marked blue in the analysis chart.

C major scale diagram

 

As an alternative to the major scale, I use bebop scales in the solo.

On major chords, you can use the major bebop scale (major scale + b6).

C major bebop scale diagram

 

On dominant chords, you can use the dominant bebop scale (Mixolydian mode + 7).

G dominant bebop scale diagram

 

On minor chords, you can use the minor bebop scale (Dorian mode + 7).

D minor bebop scale diagram

 

A Harmonic Minor Scale

E7 (in All of Me) is a secondary dominant chord that resolves either to A7 or Am7.

I (Cmaj7) going to V/VI (E7) is a common chord progression and is also used in jazz standards such as Someday my Prince Will Come, After You’ve Gone, Come Rain or Come Shine, I’ll Be Seeing You, Basin Street Blues, I Should Care, and On a Slow Boat to China.

When it resolves to Am7 (bar 9), it is called a secondary dominant and is notated as V/vi (dominant of the vi).

A secondary dominant is a dominant chord  that resolves to any chord that is not the tonic (I).

When it resolves to A7 (bar 3), it is called an extended dominant and is notated as V/VI (dominant of the VI).

An extended (secondary) dominant is a dominant chord that resolves to another dominant chord.

The scale of choice to play over E7 is the A harmonic minor scale, also known as the E Phrygian dominant scale or the E Mixolydian b9 b13 scale.

 

A harmonic minor scale A B C D E F G#
Played over E7 11 5 b13 b7 1 b9 3

A harmonic minor scale diagram

 

D Harmonic Minor Scale

The A7 (in All of Me) is a secondary dominant that resolves to Dm7 (IIm7).

The scale of choice here is the D harmonic minor scale (= A Phrygian dominant).

 

D harmonic minor scale diagram

 

D Mixolydian Mode

D7 in a C major key is “the” secondary dominant (V/V or the “dominant of the dominant”).

Secondary dominant chord

 

It’s a good idea to include this chord progression into your practice routine because it is used in a lot of jazz standards such as Days of Wine and Roses, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, and Just Friends.

The scale of choice here is the D Mixolydian mode, the 5th mode of the G major scale.

D Mixolydian mode diagram

 

F Melodic Minor Scale

Fm(6) is the IVm in the key of C major and is an example of modal interchange.

This chord is borrowed from the parallel minor of C and is a common occurrence in pop music (it’s a favorite of the Beatles) and jazz music, in standards such as Fly Me to the Moon, How Deep is the Ocean, and How High the Moon.

It is often used between the IV and the I with a chromatic voice leading going from the 3rd (of Fmaj7) to the b3 (of Fm7) to the 5th (of Cmaj7).

 

The IV minor chord

 

The scale of choice to play over Fm7 (as a IVm) is the F melodic minor scale.

 

F melodic minor scale diagram

 

All of Me – Solo

In this basic solo, I focus on arpeggios and the bebop scales.

 

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All of Me jazz guitar solo page 1
All of Me jazz guitar solo page 2
All of Me jazz guitar solo page 3

 

All Of Me Guitar Pro FileGuitar Pro File

 

 

All Of Me Band in a Box FileBand in a Box file

 

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61 thoughts on “All Of Me”

  1. Ray

    Thank you so much for making all that wonderful material available. I’m looking forward to learning “All of Me”. Cheers, Ray (Australia)

  2. Juan

    Thanks a lot Dirk! Awesome lessons! Such generosity! What academic talent! Clear, concise, didactic. I am a really newbie in Jazz Guitar (guess in whole guitar lenguaje! 😀 ) and your material is invaluable for me. Thanks again! Cheers from Argentina!

  3. David Swanepoel

    Dirk …your tuition material is probably the best one can get . I really appreciate it and think many others to . Keep up your hard and very good work .

  4. John

    I love this tune and look forward to working through the lessons. Thank you.

  5. Marc

    Am playing for many years. Best lesson and analysis I have ever found on internet. Amazing amount of work put here for our pure pleasure ! Thanks a lot.

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Hi Marc, thanks for the kind feedback!

  6. Martin

    Dear Dirk, Thankyou very much for all the incredible work and playing that goes into your lessons and books. I greatly appreciate it.

  7. Carlos

    Hola Dirk, justo lo que necesitaba , primera vez que encuentro una pagina que explica todo tan claro y sin ocultar informacion, exelente trabajo
    muchas gracias !!!

  8. Tim

    Hi, thanks for you’re inspiring work. I’m struggling with guitar pro: because you just wrote the chord names in the sheet, I now want to enrich it with the diagrams. Works for maj7 and 7. But GP suggested strange things for m11 (1,m3,5,7,9,11 instead of 1,b3,5, b7,11) and nothing for 7b9. How to resolve this? It would be soooooo useful if you also show the chord diagrams on the homepage and also in GP (for a beginner like me)!!!!

    Best Regards
    Tim

  9. David D.

    Curious about your vibrato. I am a cellist learning guitar and my natural instinct is to do vibrato by rocking my finger back and forth (as on a cello) instead of the string bending type of vibrato I see in many of the guitar tutorials. Yours seems to be more of the finger rocking style. Am I seeing that right? Do you have a video explaining your approach to vibrato?

    1. Anonymous

      David,
      I am a violinist and a guitarist. Because the guitar is fretted the vibrato is almost inaudible and the note sounds almost exact. The undulation in notes on fretless instruments is to imply “tune” to the listener. I would not worry about using a vibrato unless you want to create that sound which is done at bar if your rig has one.

      Keep playing!!!

  10. Mike

    Thank you Dirk,

    Been playing for 45 years and your lessons have explained more theory and musical concepts to me than any other endeavor . As others have stated , your technical abilities on this site are phenomenal .

  11. Vince

    Thank you for your excellent analysis. As an ear player, this is going to make a lengthy but enjoyable study for me.

  12. Elias David Baena

    Cómo siempre interpretación fabulosa.
    Felicitaciones maestro. DIRK feliz navidad y prospero año 2022

  13. Anonymous

    Cómo siempre interpretación fabulosa.
    Felicitaciones maestro. DIRK feliz navidad y prospero año 2022

  14. Christos

    Merry Christmas everybody

    Well Done for the amazing work done here!

    Thank you

  15. Vito

    Thanks Dirk!
    How did u know this is my favorite song and today is my birthday… Best possible gift for me.
    Thanks for u share and care wish u Merry Christmas and Happy New Year… jazz on!!!!

  16. Anonymous

    That was a great read! Thanks!

  17. Anonymous

    Thanks Dirk,

    This will give me something to chew over over the Christmas. Wishing you and yours a non-Covid-affected 2022.

    Alph Duggan

  18. Ed D.

    This is wonderful! Always appreciated! Thanks so much, Merry Christmas!
    PS-I learned “Stompin at the Savoy” from your lesson.

  19. Frank

    Dirk, you are a master.
    In fact I’ve bought your material. And it’s brilliant.

    As a relatively new(er) jazz guitarist (but familiar with scales) I have a hard time knowing where is the right place to start with your collection.

  20. Patrick O’

    Dirk, Thank you for all you do for all of us. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas.
    I love this lesson and bought the jazz patterns and phrases course which is amazing.

    Best wishes

    Patrick.

  21. gian rosario Pintus

    thank you very useful

    1. Anonymous

      Merci Dirk pour le partage de ces précieuses informations à la fois mélodiques et harmoniques sur ce grand standard.👍🎶🎸

      1. Bryson

        This is exactly what I needed to learn…The scales that fit the chords in tight cohesive phrases. Your organized, detailed harmonic analysis has helped tremendously to fill in the gaps in my limited knowledge of the fretboard. Great for the visual learners..Infinite thanks.

  22. Elias

    Hello, im beggining with gypsy, can you explain a bit why over the IVm “Fm” whould be a good choice to pick the melodic minor instead of the C minor scale? is it because personal taste or it is related to the estability of the IV grade to look at it as a tonal center? Because in the last option, F melodic minor, it will turn the C in the Mixolidyan b6 mode, as far as i can understand. thank you so much in advance it is a great post, machts gut!

  23. Steve

    Dirk, I searched and watched many YouTube jazz learning videos. I have watched a few of your work. They are the most useful learning tool for me at my stage of learning. It helps me to understand the reasons behind all the mystery of jazz music. Now I can at lease started to play and feel better for myself having understanding it. I like the way you analyzed every phrases. I sincerely hoping that you will do more songs. I am willing to enroll to your courses like this if they are available.

  24. Philipp Rospleszcz

    Very good explanation! The first chord of the song is a C69 Chord. In the melody there is the octave. It doesn’t sound good if you have a b9. That is the mistake which is often made in the Realbook. I prefer also an F#07 instead of an Fm chord but that is a question of taste.

  25. Nic

    Surely D harmonic minor over A7 in the C section can’t make sense. The melody has a B natural, perhaps mixolydian flat 6 would work better?

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Hi Nic, D harmonic minor (=A Phrygian dominant) is a common scale to play over V/ii. You don’t have to stick to the melody when improvising…

    2. ZEE

      Nic and Dirk, Generally speaking, there are several ways to play over A7 (VI7 in C) going to iim7 or II7. Normally, one would use A7b9 when resolving to a D minor chord to accent the minor flavour. Jazz offers a lot of freedom, giving the possibility to create your own voice. But. When playing in a band I think everybody should stick to the lead sheet, otherwise it won’t sound nice, resulting in dissonance and chaos. So if there’s a A7b9 written above the music, use D harmonic minor, if A7 or A9, as in section C, the best choice there is A myxolydian with b6 (or even with 6). Measure 27 of the song melody mentions clearly A9, the solo indicates in the corresponding measure 59 A7 but plays A7b9 which is ambiguous. Personally I would discuss the chords for the solo with the band, before the performance, and write there A7b9 for clarity to avoid that someone else a 9. Cheers.

  26. Howard Jahre

    Dirk,
    Great tutorial with All of Me as it demonstrates the relationship between the use of different modes, scales and arpeggios used in the solo to the underlying chord changes. It’s all starting to make sense to me now.
    Best,
    Howard

  27. Greg Urban

    Brilliantly explained.
    Someone told me that ‘All of Me’ was a good place to see the ‘Circle of Fifths’ used.
    I was baffled because the 7th chords weren’t actually in the key of C.
    So ‘Secondary Dominants’!
    Which I had heard of, but this was the first explanation of how they are used and their relationship to the key of the song.
    Plus, you showed the scales to use for each chord.
    The Analysis of the tune is an astonishingly informative infographic.
    I’m not just blowing smoke, I have taught classes on using graphics to explain technical information. This page is perhaps the best I have ever seen on the Internet.

  28. Wellington Farias

    Dirk, Boa tarde.
    Obrigado mais uma vez. Suas aulas são excelentes.

    Sinto-me como estivesse em uma aula presencial.

    Obrigado mais uma vez.

    Wellington Farias

  29. Richard

    Dirk, you provide so many good ideas to build upon in this song, All of Me. I’m going to study this one and get it embedded in my brain. Thank you.

  30. Magnus

    Thanks a lot! Very useful and pedagogic. Any tips for how you create etudes in Guitarpro? Just got it and cannot find any good tutorials on how to setup jazz standards and write solos like you have done.

  31. Johan

    Hallo Dirk,

    Dank u voor deze prachtige les.
    Maar waar zou ik ergens de bass lines kunnen vinden ?
    Dank bij voorbaat,
    Johan

  32. Vincent

    How can i import the guitar pro file in guitar pro? Just bought that app but the files dont seem to be compatible.

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Hi Vincent, you just need to double-click the file to open it.

  33. Sebastian

    Vielen, vielen Dank dafür, dass du diese Dinge zugänglich machst! Ich (Bass) spiele manchmal mit meinem Bruder zusammen, der als klassischer Geiger notierte Soli braucht 🙂

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Hallo Sebastian, sag deinem Bruder, er soll improvisieren, es macht mehr Spaß!

  34. Wellington Farias

    Parabéns. Com essa didática, não tem como não aprender. Parabéns. Ensino perfeito. Não tenho palavras para agradecê-lo. Que maravilha de ensino.

  35. Francesco

    Very interesting with professional content. Thanks and congratulations for what you do and participate in others.

    1. Dirk Laukens

      You’re welcome, Francesco, thanks for the kind feedback!

  36. Stuart

    Thank you for this, a tune I have always liked and the lesson was well good to follow.

  37. Mick

    Thanks enjoying learning this

  38. francesco

    thank , grazie . ciao from Italy .

  39. Igor

    Great work! Very good show of simplicity of complexity! Nice sound and good phrasing in solo.

  40. Walter

    Very nice. Great interpretation of this standard. Thanks so much for posting this.

  41. Gianluca

    Thank you so much, Maestro. Your work really builds musical culture and spreads knowledge. This deserves admiration and gratefulness from everybody.

  42. Glenn

    Really enjoying this, thank you. its a lot of fun to play.

  43. Danny lau

    Great, very inspirational for a beginner!

  44. Salvador

    Maravillosa lección. Muchas gracias maestro.

  45. luis

    precioso tema.
    muy bien escogido para que tambien podamos practicar los que no tenemos un grado avanzado en ‘jazz-guitar’
    me anima a persistir en el camino de aprender

  46. Elias Baena

    Excellent interpretation, congratulations teacher!

  47. Matt

    This is a great collection of elements to make a really helpful lesson. Thank you!

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