Baby Won’t You Please Come Home

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

‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’ is a jazz/blues song, written by Clarence Williams.

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

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

You must make this switch from thinking of chords as names to roman numerals in order to successfully play jazz solos.


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 progressions for the turnaround.

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

Verse/Chorus

II: D7 I B7 I Em7 I A7 :II

Turnaround

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

These two simple chord progressions set a great testing ground to practise your modal scales and arpeggios.


Soloing with chord numbers

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

In order to use modes and arpeggios for soloing over this piece, you need to use 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. The Conspirian scale would also 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 will be to arpeggio substitute. By doing so you will create 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 could extend to Dom7b9. Use the upper part of that and you’ll find a Gdim7 arpeggio.

You’ll learn more about the basic rules, as well as more adventurous options when you take the in the advanced course.

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