Wondering where you might find the In Your Own Sweet Way Lead Sheet? You’ve just did!
In Your Own Sweet Way was written in 1955 by Dave Brubeck.
I’ve never played the jazz standard myself, nor have I heard anyone else or seen any other performance performing the song.
As with any lead sheet, jazz standard or sheet music that we share, let’s have a look at the chart and analyze.
How To Master The In Your Own Sweet Way Lead Sheet.
Dave Brubeck’s songs are always very interesting. They are jazz, but they don’t behave such as jazz songs. They almost seem more like mathematically orchestrated harmonically pieces with a voice leading.
I know that is not the case, but I just can’t help but find his writing and this particular jazz standard to be a weird standard, considering we’re in the key of Bb and the song starts with a two five one in G minor.
And then ending the song essentially in Eb Major in the fourth degree, Bb major with a #11.
There’s more to his writing than a traditional jazz standard.
You can tell by his writing, but also by the fact that this jazz standard was written several years after bebop made its first debut.
While jazz doesn’t always have to bebop, a lot of 40s songs follow the same harmonically compositionally written structure.
Nonetheless, that won’t stop us from mastering this song.
First of all, learn the melody. This will help you keep track of where you are at in the song.
Then, master and memorize the harmony. This will make it so you don’t have to keep looking at the In Your Own Sweet Way Lead Sheet, and so that you can focus on soloing without being distracted.
Memorize the arpeggios of each chord, figure out what scale to play where (keep in mind the altered scale and what tensions to use).