You can learn how to play Don’t Wait Too Long by Madeleine Peuroux!
In 2004, Madeleine Peyroux launched herself as a contemporary answer to Billie Holiday. She strummed chord progressions like I – VI – II – V in a jazz style and added some interesting extensions and slash chords.
Don’t Wait Too Long is played in a style that people may refer to as “jazz standard” territory. As an introduction to that world, this is definitely a simple enough song to get you started.
In the advanced acoustic guitar course, we improvise over this song, after we have learned exactly what’s going on in the video above.
Soloing over a Jazz/Blues
When you solo in this style it is essential to swap mode and arpeggio for every chord.
To do this, you must think in chord numbers and modal scales.
This means you play Phrygian Dominant for chord IIIx and Aeolian for chord VIm7 , for example.
The bridge section uses the cycle of 4th as it moves: IIIx – VIm7 – IIx – V7sus4 – I. This is perfect to practice modal scales over.
If you don’t know all of 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 know, 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 uses 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 of the swing i.e. how far you stretch the up strum from the “on the beat” strum, start looking for variations and when to put them in.
In the course, everything in the video above is explained using TAB. You’ll also learn how to improvise over a song like this using the technique of new chord = new scale or arpeggio.
Don’t Wait Too Long – Guitar Lessons
Don’t Wait Too Long by Madeleine Peyroux will soon be available as eight step by step guitar lessons.
Until then, there’s complete TAB for what I play in the video available.
Don’t Wait Too Long – Lyrics
You can cry a million tears,
you can wait a million years.
If you think that time will change your ways,
don’t wait too long.
Go to Don’t Wait Too Long – Lyrics.
Madeleine Peyroux – Biography
Madeleine Peyroux is an American jazz singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Often compared to Billie Holiday for her vocal similarities, Peyroux’s second solo album only had one original tune on it, Don’t Wait Too Long.