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All The Things You Are

Here are the fingerings that I use to play a chord-melody arrangement of Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern's 1939 standard All The Things You Are from "Very Warm for May." I play it in the key of F not the original key of Ab. The song is played in a medium 4/4 time. Alternate chord substitutions are indicated in parentheses above the chord I used.

K. J. McElrath, Musicologist for JazzStandards.com, explains: "This is a deceptively simple composition showing strong Romantic/Impressionist influences. The harmonic progression in the first five measures is identical to that of (the latter written) Fly Me To The Moon. However, where the latter piece returns to its initial key by way of a viiø7 going to V7, this one uses the clever device of a “common-tone” chord to modulate to an entirely new key and then goes on to do this three more times. The best example of this is at the end of “B2”. The melody lands on G#, the third of the underlying chord of E. Then, by moving one note of the chord – B to C – it becomes a pivotal C+, allowing for an easy return to F minor. Because of its “pan-tonal” nature, many inexperienced performers are intimidated by this piece in the beginning. As always, the melody should be learned “as is” before attempting improvisation. Keeping in mind that both “A’s” and both “B’s” are built on the same patterns in different keys will make mastery of this piece easier. Also realize that the common tone of the modulation is actually in the melody the first four times."

A

    Dm7       Gm7         C7    Gb7b5      FM7        
E----1----|----6------|---0--0--0--0---|---0--5------|
B----1----|----6--6---|---1-----1------|---1--5--5---|
G----2----|----7------|---3-----3------|---2--2------|
D----0----|----5------|---2-----2------|---2---------|
A---------|-----------|---3------------|------3------|
E---------|-----------|---------2------|---1--1------|
 1.        2.          3.               4.

    BbM7  Bb7     Bm7b5 E7 BbM7  AM7 C7b9  Bm9 E13
E----------------|-------4------|---------|---------||
B---3--3--3--3---|---3---3--3---|--2---2--|--2---2--||
G---2-----1------|---2---4--2---|--1---3--|--2---1--||
D---3-----3------|---3---2--3---|--2---2--|--0---0--||
A---1-----1------|---2------1---|--0---3--|--2---2--||
E----------------|--------------|---------|------0--||
 5.               6.             7.        8. 

B

    Am7       Dm7 G11     G7   G7b5        CM7
E---------|----1------|----------------|------0------|
B----1----|----1--1---|----------------|---0--0--0---|
G----0----|----2--2---|---4--4--4--4---|---0--0------|
D----2----|----0--3---|---3-----3------|---2--2------|
A----0----|-----------|---5-----4------|---3--3------|
E---------|-------3---|---3-----3------|-------------|
 9.        10.         11.              12.
   (F#m7)       (F#m7) 
    FM7  F7     F#m7b5 F7b5 FM7  EM7 F#m7 G#m7C#m7
E--------------|---------------|--------|--------7--||
B--------------|----------0----|--------|-----5-----||
G---2-2--2-2---|---2-4-5--2-2--|--1--2--|--4--4-----||
D---2----1-----|---2------1-2--|--1--2--|--4--6-----||
A--------------|---3-----------|--2-----|-----4-----||
E---1----1-----|---2------1-1--|--0--2--|--4--------||
 13.            14.              15.     16.

C

    Am9 Am7     B7      B7b9     EM7 
E---7-5-5---|---5--------5---|----4----|---------4---|
B---5---5---|---4--------4---|----4----|------5--4---|
G---5---5---|---4--4--5--5---|----4----|---4-----4---|
D---5---5---|---4--------4---|----2----|---2-----2---|
A-----------|----------------|---------|-------------|
E---5---5---|----------------|---------|-------------|
 17.         18.              19.       20.

    Ebm7b5       Ab7     Ab7b5   DbM7 F7#5  Bbm7 A7#5
E---4--2--2--|---2--------2---|--1----1--|--1----1--||
B---2-----2--|---1--------1---|--1----2--|--2----2--||
G---2-----2--|---1--1--2--2---|--1----2--|--1----0--||
D---1-----1--|---1--------1---|--3----1--|--3----2--||
A------------|----------------|--4-------|--1----0--||
E------------|----------------|----------|----------||
 21.          22.              23.        24.

A

    Dm7       Gm7         C7    C7b5       FM7        
E----1----|----6------|----------------|---0--5------|
B----1----|----6--6---|---5--5--5--5---|---1--5--5---|
G----2----|----7------|---3-----3------|---2--2------|
D----0----|----5------|---5-----4------|---2---------|
A---------|-----------|---3-----3------|------3------|
E---------|-----------|----------------|---1--1------|
 25.       26.         27.              28.

    BbM7      Bbm9 Eb9     Am7               Abo
E---------|----8---6---|-----------------|-----------|
B----3----|----6---6---|---1--1--1-1-1---|---5--3----|
G----2----|----6---6---|---0-----0-------|---4--4----|
D----3----|----6---5---|---2-----2-------|---3--3----|
A----1----|--------6---|---0-----0-------|-----------|
E---------|----6-------|-----------------|---4--4----|
 29.       30.          31.               32.

C

    Gm7                C13  Gb7b5    F6/9    (A7#5)
E-----------------|----10---0----|----1----|--------||
B---3--3--3--6----|----10---1----|----1----|--------||
G---3-----3-------|-----9---3----|----0----|--------||
D---3-----3-------|-----8---2----|----0----|--------||
A---5-----5-------|--------------|----0----|--------||
E---3-----3-------|-----8---2----|----1----|--------||
 33.               34.            35.       36.

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