BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME ON ONE ACOUSTIC GUITAR
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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song
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‘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.
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 of D, the sections read:
| D7 | B7 | Em7 | A7 | repeat
| G7 G#dim7 | A7 B7 | Em7 A7 | | D7 B7 | Em7 A7 | D7 A7 |
These two simple chord progressions set a great testing ground to practise your modal scales and arpeggios.
We do plenty of that in the advanced guitar course.
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.
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 guitar course.