Why Don’t You Do Right Chords

Learn how to play Why Don’t You Do Right on one acoustic guitar!

‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’ is a classic minor jazz/blues standard that was first released under the name ‘Weed Smokers Dream’ in 1936.

In 1942 Peggy Lee sang it under its new name and made it a world wide hit. Since then many other famous singers performed the song

In 1988 it again became one of the biggest songs around when Jessica Rabbit sang it in the animated blockbuster ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’.

Spy Tunes version is a one guitar arrangement based on the original Peggy Lee version.

Why Don’t You Do Right chord progression

The basic Verse progression use a descending pattern of VI – V – IV – IIIx. In the key of Cm this spells:

II: Cm7 Bb I Abmaj7 G7 :II

The turnaround that follow move to chord II (Fm) before it goes back to IV and IIIx. Now the Ab is either Ab or Ab7, rather than Abmaj7.

Take the Master Guitar Course to get the full story on the chord progression, including full TAB of how it’s played in the video lesson.

Why Don’t You Do Right Solo

The solo is simply the melody modulated to Fm (that’s a 4th up from Cm).

When you play any jazz standard you simply must learn the melody and all the chords in order to play around with it, this is the very foundation of jazz.

By seeing what notes the melody use over the chords you automatically find what the most important intervals and therefore what modes will really work.

In the Master Guitar Course we first look at the chord progression, how it’s played in the video and what it means.

Following this we learn the vocal melody and look at what modes and arpeggios we can use.

Finally we improvise over the progression, using everything we learned, from the song itself.

If you did this to every song you learned you would have to fully understand music and the guitar, some might even say you have to master it!