Baby Won’t You please Come Home
Chords and strumming
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Baby Won’t You Please chords and strumming
‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’ is a jazz/blues song, written by Clarence Williams.
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 practice 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 advanced guitar course.
Baby Won’t You please Come Home – Lyrics
For complete lyrics, go to Baby Won’t You please Come Home lyrics.
Bessie Smith – Biography
Smith is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era (the 20s and 30s) and along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.
To find out more, go to Bessie Smith biography.
Clarence Williams – Biography
Touring and recording with some of the most legendary blues artists of his time, Clarence Williams spent time with W.C Hardy, Bessie Smith, and Louis Armstrong.
To find out more, go to Clarence Williams biography.
Ella Fitzgerald – Biography
Crowned the First Lady Of Song, she is recognized for performing and recording most of the Great American Songbook.
Before the Songbook recordings, Ella pioneered scat-singing in the 40s as a devoted Bebop singer.
To find out more, go to Ella Fitzgerald biography.
The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
To see all lessons in the advanced course, go to Advanced Guitar Course
But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fretboard with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.
Preview the exercises from the course here: Advanced Guitar Lessons
‘Angels’, ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Cannonball’, ‘Close To You’, ‘Creepin’ In’, ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘Take Me To The River’, ‘Tears In Heaven’, and ‘Wish You Were Here’.
To preview each song, go to Advanced Acoustic Songs
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