I Fall in Love Too Easily – Chord Melody, Single-Note Solo & Chord Shapes

Composed by Jule Styne

Tune’s History

I Fall in Love Too Easily was composed by Jule Styne for the movie Anchors Aweigh, with lyrics by Sammy Cahn. This tune is not quite as popular as some of the other famous ballads in jazz. They must have done something right here, since that movie won an Oscar for Best Music and Scoring.

The Nuts and Bolts

This tune is a great one for improvisation. The slow tempo and “dark” mood of the piece create a perfect vehicle for a nice soulful solo.

Download your “I Fall in Love Too Easily – Chord Melody, Solo, and More” PDF here.

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The theme is most often played as a ballad, then the solos can occur in double-time feel. This is actually not an uncommon practice with ballads, just ask Miles Davis!

Lastly, with regard to the harmony, we can think of the beginning of this tune as being the same as Autumn Leaves, but with the chords going by twice as fast: II-V in the major key, then a II-V in the relative minor.

And finally, a note about the 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 relative minor.

I Fall in Love Too Easily: Comping Ideas

Here are some very basic shapes you can use over the first few sections of the tune. If you’d like something a little more involved, be sure to download the PDF and check out the chord reference sheet!

I Fall in Love Too Easily: Chord Melody

This is a really beautiful melody and this chord melody offers up some unusual chord voicings. Make sure you take your time and really give each one the attention it needs!

I Fall in Love Too Easily: Single-Note Solo

There’s nothing too busy or fancy here. We are just making use of some classic ii-V licks and making sure to make these changes really stand out.

While this is a ballad, remember that sometimes players prefer to improvise over the tune in double-time. We are opting for the same here.

I Fall in Love Too Easily: Backing Track

If you’d like to download the backing track, you can do so here.

I Fall in Love Too Easily: Chord Reference Sheet

As usual, we have provided you with some extended chord voicings that you can use to comp over this tune.

Download your “I Fall in Love Too Easily – Chord Melody, Solo, and More” PDF here.

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Suggested Listening

-Chet Baker’s My Funny Valentine collection releasedin 1994. Chet’s tender simplicity really brings the moodiness of this tune to life here.

My Funny Valentine

-Miles Davis’ Seven Steps to Heaven album released in 1963. Miles’ whispery tone lends itself beautifully to this ballad.

Seven Steps To Heaven

-Frank Sinatra’s The Columbia Years collection released in 1993. Frank Sinatra is always a great reference for learning any tune, and here, he absolutely rips your heart out singing in front of an orchestra.

The Columbia Years (1943-1952) The Complete Recordings

 


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