All Of Me, Playing the changes - song analysis
InducingPanic
Feb 2 2013, 04:45 AM
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I have been looking for information (tune analysis) for the tune All of me. I am having a bit of a tough time finding my way.Other than just playing the arpeggio, everything I play sounds like crap.

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David.C.Bond
Feb 2 2013, 09:18 AM
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Here's a few options for you (of course theres lots of others too):

A section:
C6 - C ionian or lydian
E7 - E mixolydian, E half-whole diminished, A Harmonic Major
A7 - A super locrian, A phrygian dominant
Dm7 - D melodic minor, D Dorian
E7 - E super locrian, E phrygian dominant
D7 - D lydian dominant
Dm7 - D dorian
G7 - G mixolydian, G half-whole diminished
B section:
C6 - C ionian or lydian
E7 - E mixolydian, E half-whole diminished, A Harmonic Major
A7 - A super locrian, A phrygian dominant
Dm7 - D melodic minor, D Dorian
F6- F lydian
F-6 - F melodic minor
Cmaj7 - C lydian or ionian, or C augmented (cool!)
A7 - A super locrian, A phrygian dominant
Dm7 - D dorian
G7- G mixolydian, G half-whole diminished
C6 - C ionian or lydian

To summarise:
The respective major scale modes over maj7/6 chords and m7 chords.
Over dom7 chords - super locrian or harmonic minor tension scales for minor V-i, mixolydian or diminished scale harmony over major V-I

Hope that helps!
David

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The Professor
Feb 2 2013, 10:49 AM
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QUOTE (InducingPanic @ Feb 2 2013, 03:45 AM) *
I have been looking for information (tune analysis) for the tune All of me. I am having a bit of a tough time finding my way.Other than just playing the arpeggio, everything I play sounds like crap.


Hey,

This is a good tune to work on as it moves in some interesting directions. A couple of exercises that you can work on to get around the changes, without having to dive into scales or complex arpeggios right away is to focus on the voice leading.


Try these exercises, then go back and improvise and see how it helps you get through the changes, while highlighting key notes of each chord at the same time.

1. Play just the 3rd of each chord
2. Play just the 7th of each chord
3. Play the 3rd and 7th of each chord
4. Play the 7th then 3rd of each chord

Doing so will help get the changes in your ears and the voice leading under your fingers. When you can do these four exercises from memory, then it's probably time to start digging into scales and patterns, but keeping the voice leading in your solos at the same time.

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jeffmatz
Feb 5 2013, 08:41 PM
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Thinking scales over All of Me is bit like driving to NYC from Chicago on your way to Los Angeles.

It's an old tune, often played in a nostalgic, swing style...but even if you're taking it into modern territory, scales are further away from the meat and potatoes that make for a good starting point...Like the prof suggested, looking at the information the chords themselves give you, looking at guide tones, using chromatics to connect strong tones...if you want to play "jazz" tunes in a jazz style, I really beleive this has to come first.

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klasaine
Feb 5 2013, 09:14 PM
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+1 to Jeff and the Prof.

'All of Me' is definitely not one that needs to be over complicated.
The only chords slightly out of the key of C are the E7, A7 and the Fm (seven bars from the end).
Chord tones and the key of C basically gets it.

*The only 'other' scale I would advocate in that tune is to use A harmonic minor over the E7 chords (A B C D E F G#). you'll notice it has only one note different from C major - the G# which is the glorious major 3rd of the E7 chord.

**and make sure you nail a C# over the A7 chords and an Ab on the Fm**

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