Don’t Wait Too Long Chords

Don't Wait Too Long chords lesson

Learn how to play Don’t Wait Too Long!

Using chord progressions like I – VI – II – V with some interesting extensions and slash chords, Madeleine Peyroux launched herself as a contemporary answer to Billie Holiday.

‘Don’t Wait Too Long’ is played in what people may call jazz standard territory. As an introduction to that world, Don’t Wait Too Long’ is simple enough to get you started.

In the Advanced Guitar Course we improvise over this song after we learned exactly what’s going on in the video.

Soloing over a Jazz Blues

When you solo in this style it is essential to swap mode or arpeggio for every chord. To do this one must simply think in numbers as Phrygian Dominant is chord IIIx and VIm7 is Aeolian, for example.

With this in mind, the M8 (bridge) section use a long cycle of 4th progression moving: IIIx – VIm7 – IIx – V7sus4 - I. Perfect to practice over.

If you don’t get the basic part down of knowing all your pentatonic scales, arpeggios and modes in each shape, you will never be able to relax enough to play a jazz solo with a smile on your face.

When you do have it down, jazz is easy, you play around with melodies like a footballer plays around with his ball.

Playing in a swing style

Similarly to ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home‘, ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’ use jazz comping based on consistent downward strumming on the beat.

Against this straight beat you apply back strums to indicate how much you’re swinging.

A good trick is to apply the off beats more frequently in between vocal lines.

Once you get the feel for the shuffle, i.e. how far you stretch the shuffled strum from the “on the beat strum”. Start looking at variations of when to put this in.

Take the Advanced Guitar Course and everything in the video is explained using TAB. You’ll also learn how to improvise using the technique of new chord = new mode.