(by Jule Styne)
This tune is inspiring to improvise on and reaches most listeners. The slow tempo and “dark” mood of the piece create a perfect vehicule for blowing “ala soulful ballad”. The theme is most often played slow, like a real ballad. Then the solos can take place on a double-time feel version of the form. Quite traditional. Just listen to Miles. 🙂 Notice that I Fall in Love too Easily is played mostly as ballad but I’ve heard it played as double-time straight eight feel around here. Also not an uncommon thing to do. Even if Miles wouldn’t agree.
And finally, a note about harmony: we can think of the beginning of I Fall in Love too Easily as being the same as Autumn Leaves, but with chords twice as fast: II-V in the major key, then a II-V in the related minor.
Here’s the I Fall in Love too Easily jazz guitar chord melody demonstrated, with some improvisation by yours truly. I really like this song, so please forgive the strange faces and sounds.
See the PDF with TABS for the complete arrangement. The chord melody PDF contains:
- the leadsheet (chord symbols + melody),
- the chord melody arrangement (played in the video here)
- a basic chord chart (basic guitar shapes for you to use.)
Chet Baker (!!!) It’s my favorite version of this tune. I think he’s the perfect singer/player for that kind of piece and mood.
Miles Davis on the album Seven Steps to Heaven . The heart-melting trumpet of one of the most influential player, trailblazer, bandleader and composer of all times. Even if you don’t like Miles Davis, you’ll like this track, for sure.