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All The Things You Are

Written for the musical Very Warm for May (1939).

PUBLISHED: Oct 1, 2011 • UPDATED: Dec 9, 2019 • VIEWS: 33 • LESSON CODE: UL501

Instruments: leadsheet playalong Subjects: jazzrepertoirestandard

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All The Things You Are is a song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II. It was written for the musical Very Warm for May (1939), where it was introduced by Hiram Sherman, Frances Mercer, Hollace Shaw, and Ralph Stuart. It was later featured in the film Broadway Rhythm (1944), and was performed during the opening credits and as a recurring theme for the romantic comedy A Letter for Evie (1945). The song ranked in the top five of the Record Buying Guide of Billboard, a pre-retail listing which surveyed primarily the jukebox industry. Recordings by Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and Frankie Masters propelled the song during its initial popularity.


An example of how to play through the chords of All The Things You Are on a "C" tuned ukulele is available in my book Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele

All The Things You Are - Premium Playalong Track

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Performance Notes for All the Things You Are

Here's how I remember the melody of All the Things You Are:

  • All the Things You Are moves through several keys with the chords following a cycle of fourths in two sections. Fm7, Bbm7, Eb7, Abmaj7, Dbmaj7
  • The Dbmaj7 goes up a half step to Dm which is a II V I of the next key, C major
  • The Cmaj7 turns into Cm7 and a cycle of fourths follows, an one and on.
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All The Things You Are Playalong Track with Guitar taking the melody

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All The Things You Are - Lead Sheet
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All The Things You Are - MP3 play-along track
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Song Road Map

Tips and tricks for remembering a song.

Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.

This section of a song's page presents some tips on how I try and remember a particular song.


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Related Lessons

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The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

Six Essential Scales for `Ukulele • Updated: Apr 3, 2020

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A scale is simply a collection of pitches or notes, not really a "this is a Jazz scale", "this is a Blues" or "this is a Rock scale". It's how a scale is used that really matters not its name.

Most music starts with a scale. The melody, chords, licks and riffs all can be related back to a particular scale or scales.

Additional Song Files, Resources and Assets

These are the related song files, resources and assets for All The Things You Are at this time.

All the Things You Are - Chord Lead Sheet
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Chord lead sheet.

All The Things You Are - Lead Sheet
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

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All The Things You Are - MP3 play-along track
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Premium play-along track for this jazz standard.


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All the Things You Are - Demo Recording by Curt Sheller over the backing tracks
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

All the Things You Are backing track demos with guitar taking the melody and solos.

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Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think.

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection
Updated: Jan 1, 2003

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Core Chords for Ukulele, The Big Six - From four F7 chord voicings or shapes, your can build your massive 4-part, a.k.a., “jazz” chord vocabulary. Beyond basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and a core set of 4-part chords. There are just too many chords shapes too memorize. Learning the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard are the way to go. Then you can create more advanced chords like 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.

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