All The Things You Are: Jazz Piano Lesson And Reharmonization

All The Things You Are Jazz Piano LessonI get a lot of requests from people who ask me to teach more jazz piano arrangements. I always aim to please!

So, today I thought it would be fun to teach you guys a bunch of new jazz piano chords and reharmonization tricks using the tune All The Things You Are.

This is a  tune that could definitely  be included in the list of must know jazz standards and is a tune that I’m requested to teach over and over again. (I also can’t even begin to count how many times this tune has been called on a gig! :))

As a result, I think you guys will really benefit from learning these new chords and reharmonizations tricks I teach you!

(By the way, this is a small sample of some of just one of the lessons in the new premium monthly membership version of the site.

Update: I’m proud to announce the new Premium Jazz Lessons Membership Course has launched. You can get instant access to it right here.

So, have fun with this free sample of the course. Let’s get started learning now! (Video, tips, chord chart, and more below.)

All The Things You Are Jazz Piano Lesson Video

Why not take a few minutes and watch as I teach you all the cool jazz piano chords and techniques I use.

Once you finish watching it I recommend you scroll down to check out the chord chart and a whole bunch of extra tips.

6 Tips To Help You Explore This Jazz Piano Lesson

1. Dominant chords have all kinds of possibilities when used as reharmonizations because of the abundance of notes you can use on them (1, b9, 9, 3rd, 11, #11, 5, b13, 13, b7).

2. If you want to learn more about dominant chord extensions check out this lesson on dominant jazz theory or this lesson on jazz turnarounds.

3. If you like some of inner voice motion I use over the Abmaj7 chord I recommend you also check out this Bill Evans II-V-I chords lesson.

4. In this lesson I use a lot of altered harmonies and sounds from the lydian dominant scale. You can check out this lesson on the altered scale and this lesson on lydian dominant if you want to learn more about these scales.

5. If you like this type of jazz piano arrangement lessons you can also check out this solo piano lesson or my basic lesson on Satin Doll piano chords

6. If you really like the way some of the individual chords sound in this lesson I recommend you practice the voicings in several keys . An even better approach would be for you to apply them to a tune you know!

Now, lets check out how the chords look on paper. Being able to see them written should be quite useful for you.

All The Things You Are Chord Chart (Plain)

Here is the basic chord chart for All The Things You Are. I kept the melody really plain here with no embellishments or interesting rhythms.

Make sure you also scroll below to check out the reharmonized version’s chord chart.

all the things you are jazz piano chords(Click to expand in a new window.)

All The Things You Are Chord Chart (Reharms)

Now, here’s the reharmonized All The Things You Are chord chart with all the new chords. I also added some syncopations and a few of the ornamentations in there like I play in the video.

( By the way if you would prefer full notation of this lesson (every single note written out) I’ve included it inside the Premium Membership Course.)

All The Things You Are Chords Reharmonized(Click to expand in a new window. Feel fee to share this online but please provide a link back to

I play these first 4 bars in sort of a ballad style and I use some rubato techniques (especially in measures 2 and 4). I encourage you though to experiment with your own rhythmic phrasing and change it if you like.

Jazz is very much about self expression. Bringing apart of you and what inspires you about music into any musict that you play is so important!

So, have fun practicing these chords and the reharmonizations everybody! I can’t wait to hear about your progress. 

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  • cynthia

    What kind of piano is that? It sounds great.

    • Hi Cynthia. It’s a souped up Yamaha U1.
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    • Hi Cynthia. It’s a Yamaha U1 but it’s been souped up quite a bit.

  • Curtis

    ….Does this mean eventually you won’t have free lessons anymore? I know you gotta eat too Steve, but at the moment, I can’t afford to pay for lessons. I really really really appreciate all you’ve taught. Your a good man, Steve. 🙂

    • The premium membership lessons will just be a lot more in depth and expansive than the free lessons.

      More tunes to learn, more licks, more comping, more chords, full notation, more in depth videos, full notation, and a lot of other cool stuff.

      I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the price for the premium membership. I’m working to keep it at a price that all budgets can afford.

  • king

    wow its being great with you so far

  • Todd

    This “All the things you are” lesson is great! Just what I am looking for. Thanks and give me more!

  • Raymond

    Steve, you’re providing some really great teaching here and its motivating me to practice more, very much appreciated. Keep up the great work.


    • Thanks Raymond! It makes me really happy to hear that this type of stuff motivates you. If you happen to visit the comments on this section again I would love to hear what you’re practicing.

  • Hey Lawrence,
    Great question. I have been playing for many years and have played so many tunes at this point that most of the voicings just come automatically. The ‘automatic’ stage I think has happened from years of taking cool voicings I’ve discovered and learning them in all 12 keys. I’ll also, applying them to lots of tunes. The reharmonizations I do are done with my ear and of course a solid dose of music theory in there too 🙂 When I was in college I did a ton of training my ear and listening to this style of music. So, I’ll usually hear something and I can either instantly play it or I know how to search and find it.

    Steve Nixon


    • Lawrence Gentile

      Thanks for the reply I will follow up on what you said…and did a.lot of the same in school. I enjoy you emails so keep them coming they are.a refreshing my playing

      Regards, Larry Gentile

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  • Charlie

    Steve, just a quick question on two-handed comping. I have been asked to comp rootless now, and I was wondering how I can effectively practice rootless voicings. I checked out your video on rootless comping, but I’m wondering how I can practice these voicings so I can play them without having to think about them.

    Thanks for the free lessons Steve, All The Things You Are is one of my favorites.


  • Anto

    Hi Steve,
    Your lessons are very interesting, but as a beginner, I’m completly lost. Where should I start to learn more about theory ? My dream would be to be able re-harmonize a song like Beautiful Love.

  • Verlienem

    Thanks Steve, I never had the opportunity to play jazz but now I’m learning thanks to you, I enjoy watching, practicing and playing your lessons, I can’t wait for the next one, thanks again!!!

  • Giovani

    Thank’s Steve!

    I think it’s the easiest and fastest way for jazz learning
    It grows a desire for learning as much as I can get
    Thank you so much!! 🙂

  • rorobubujoy

    I bought the Jazz Master Method (online + video) and really got enthusiastic to enter into the material. Of course it needs discipline not only to hear the real clear ans sometimes even sophisticated lessons but also to apply them into the own practise. I am willing to do it and will write again about my personal success. Anyway. I can recomment them in any case. Thanks you so much steve. Also from the technical point of you. Everything was fine. Immediately after I payed could participate online and the dvd arrive here in Switzerland a few days later. Amazing. All the best form Switzerland where the snow came back. but in my piano room it is warm and there is a lot of joyful work to do

  • Tony Bayliss

    I am getting a great deal from your material Steve. I am not a piano player but an organist and am having a to adapt somewhat but I am finding that you have so far give me some great ideas that have really helped my sound.

  • Aleksandar/jazzien monk

    excellent lesson! tnx man

  • David Matz

    In the free web page of the reharmonized version of All the Things… You refer to a full notation of this arrangement in your Premium membership area. I can’t seem to find it. Having it written out would really help me since you move just a bit too fast for me as you pick out the notes in the video.

    Also, I think it would be very helpful if you could put together a student outline that evolved from beginner to intermediate to advanced. If you did that with all the side references as you have in the All the Things video, each Student could progress a lot faster, at their own speed. Right now I am stumbling around to even see what I should look at first, or next.

    But, I must say this is a phenomenal collection of training videos. For the first time I can easily understand why my previous Jazz didn’t sound like Jazz, but sounded like an improve around the chords and the tune. You opened my eyes to open voicing, the value of altered chords, and to reharmonizations.

    Thanks for this super course.


    • Thank you David for the very kind words and glad you’re enjoying Premium! The notation is actually in the songs library of the Premium course. Just look right below the video of the arrangement you’re trying to learn. You’ll see it there. Enjoy it!

      I also highly recommend you watch all the getting started videos inside Premium. That will answer 99% of your questions and give you tons of direction on how to utilize all the videos and lessons in there. I’m very happy with how they turned out 🙂

      Thanks again for being a great student David. We appreciate your comment and your participation. See you inside Premium!