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The Circle #20:
All Of Me

Posted on: July 13th, 2011 by dville

Many of the songs from the first portion of the 20th century follow a very logical pattern around the Circle of Fifths.  So, instead of memorizing the chord progressions to hundreds, if not thousands, of individual songs why not memorize the one chord progression many of those songs are based upon?

 That chord progression is known as the I-III7-VI7-II7-V7-I (one-three/seven, six/seven-two/seven-five/seven-one).  After moving from the I to the III7 the progression is nothing more than a series of resolving dominant seventh chords until it arrives back where it started at the I.

Being a ukulele player you probably already know a number of songs that use this chord progression, most notably, Five-Foot-Two.  Here’s how the progression looks laid out on the Circle of 5ths.

Using the Numbers

You’ll find this complete pattern, or parts of it, in  a lot of the music from this era.  But since we don’t want every song to sound like Five-Foot-Two, we can alter some of the chords in the progression and create a different sounding song like All Of Me.

The basic chord progression of All Of Me is based on the I-III7-VI7-II7-V7-I.  However, when we get to the II7 we substitute the ii minor chord.  The song then jumps back to to the III7 to start the third line.  You can make a cheat sheet for the chords in whatever key you choose.

Key of C
C  D  E   F   G   A   B
  I  II  III  IV  V  VI  VII

I All of me, why not take III7 all of me.
VI7 Can’t you see, I’m no good with ii out you.
Then from the III7 we move again to the chord built on the sixth scale degree but this time we use the vi minor instead of the VI7, then we use change the ii minor back to the II7 which resolves to the V7, which in turn, resolves the progression back to the I at the beginning of the second verse.  Voila!

III7 Take my arms, I want to vi lose them,
II7 Take my lips, I’ll never V7 use them.
The next two lines are a repeat of the first two lines of the song.

 I Your goodbye, left me III7 with eyes that cry,
VI7 How can I, go on dear with ii out you?
To wrap things up with a little melancholy, the song moves to the iv minor then back to the I and finishes with the VI7-ii-V7-I you are already familiar with.  
You took the iv part that I once was my VI7 heart,
So ii why not take V7 all of I me?
Learn this system using the numbers instead of the letter names of each chord makes it much easier to transpose the song into different keys like this Bb version by the Hot Tone Rhythm Boys.

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