Baby Won’t You Please Come Home Chords

Baby Won't You Please Come Home chords lesson

Learn how to play Baby Won’t You Please Come Home!

‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’ is a Jazz/Blues written by Clarence Williams.

Sung by Bessie Smith, Nat King Cole & Ella Fitzgerald it has earned the stripes to be called a jazz standard.

As you learn ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’, play the progression whilst simultaneously saying out loud the number of each chord as they pass by.

You must make this switch form thinking of chords as names to numbers in order to successfully play jazz solos.

Baby Won’t You Pease Come Home chord progression

The chord progression is classic Jazz/Blues territory with its I – VIx – IIm7 – V for the main part and two II – V – I’s in over the turnaround.

Translated to the key we are in, which is D, the sections read:


II: D7 I B7 I Em7 I A7 :II


I G7 G#dim7 I A7 B7 I Em7 A7 I
I D7 B7 I Em7 A7 I D7 A7 I

These two simple progressions form a great testing ground to practice your modes and arpeggios.

Soloing with numbers

As you have played the progression and thought of what number they all have, simply keep this in mind as you solo.

To use modes and arpeggios to solo over this piece you need the new chord = new scale/arpeggio method.

Should the chord be an Em7, then you think II which means E Dorian or an Em7 arpeggio but also Conspirian would work.

For the A7, which is chord V you could use a Major Pentatonic, Mixolydian or a Dom7 arpeggio.

It is absolutely imperative that you can do this to any chord of the progression, anywhere on the neck.

From here the next step would be to arpeggio substitute and by doing so creating a bigger sound.

For the A7 you could play a C#m7b5 arpeggio and automatically hit some more wacky notes.

You could even think of this chord as a place where you would extend to dom7b9, use the upper part of that and you’ll find an Gdim7 arpeggio.

More on the basic rules as well as the more adventurous options in the Advanced Guitar Course.