All the Things You Are is one of the first tunes musicians learn when it comes to jazz improvisation. But unlike many players think, it’s not exactly an “easy tune” or something that only beginners should play…
The ability to create a musical solo on this tune requires a surprisingly deep understanding of harmony and some specific melodic tools, something that you won’t get from a few scales and a collection of memorized chords.
I can vividly remember working through the changes to All the Things You Are, trying to make sense of the chords and struggling to come up with melodic lines – all while hearing the masters sail through the changes.
And years later, even when I had more language and technique, I still struggled to improvise the way I wanted or to navigate the chords with ease like my favorite players. I’m sure you’ve experienced the same thing on this tune or many others like it…
That’s why we developed this 3 part series for Premium members, giving you the tools you need to unlock the secrets to this familiar Jerome Kern standard.
Over the course of three lessons we’ll take you through each section of All the Things You Are in detail, starting today with the ‘A’ section.
Even though a lot of players say they “know this tune,” many are still missing the key harmonic relationships that are essential to sounding great on this standard. Today we’ll show you how to fix this problem, step-by-step.
It’s important that you start with the melody and chord progression in your ears and your mind. Below we’ll build on this foundation, focusing on specific musical concepts and tools that you can apply to your solos.
Along the way you’ll learn: