Transcription: All Of Me

Composer: Marks/Simons
Transcription 0:06-0:56
Original LP issue: More Hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s Verve V6-8563
Recording Date: April 8, 1963
CD reissue: Count Basie’s Finest Hour
Leader: Count Basie
CD Label: Verve
CD Number: 314 589 637-2

These 32 bars provide some very nice examples of Freddie Green’s one- and two-note harmonizing on a standard Jazz tune. The majority of notes are played on the 4th string. Additional upper notes are played on the 3rd string, and additional lower notes (in measure 36) are played on the 5th string.

Even though only one or two notes are sounded in each beat, I have found that it is important to have your fingers resting on the strings in the positions of the full 3-note chord patterns from which the notes derive, if you want it to sound like what Freddie Green is playing. See Charlton Johnson’s book Swing and Big Band Guitar: Four-to-the-Bar Comping in the Style of Freddie Green for help in understanding these chords. One-note chords are not easy to play!!

Finally, it is nearly impossible to tell what (or whether) Freddie is playing during measure 20.

Transcribed by Mark Allen
Reviewed and edited by Austin Williams, final edit by Michael Pettersen. July, 2002.

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