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)

Listen & Play-Along

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 scaleABCDEFG#
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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.

 

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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36 thoughts on “All Of Me”

  1. Johan

    Hallo Dirk,

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Wellington Farias

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

  5. 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!

  6. Stuart

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

  7. francesco

    thank , grazie . ciao from Italy .

  8. Igor

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

  9. Walter

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

  10. Gianluca

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

  11. Glenn

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

  12. Danny lau

    Great ,inspirational!for beginner

  13. Salvador

    Maravillosa lección. Muchas gracias maestro.

  14. 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

  15. Elias Baena

    Excellent interpretation. A single of apaelicula. Congratulations teacher.

  16. Matt

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

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