If you’re looking for the Song For My Father Lead Sheet, you’ve most definitely just found it!
Song for my father is another one of those classic jazz standards songs that if you’re new to jazz you will start running in more frequently than you thought.
It was written by Horace Silver, who has written countless of very famous jazz standards in the past.
As always here at Minedit, we’ll give our opinion on the difficulty of the song along with that we can do to improve our chances of really having a good chance at mastering and dominating this jazz standard.
How Difficult Is The A Song For My Father Lead Sheet?
When we first analyze a song we have to first make a general statement.
This latin-ish jazz standard actually has a very fun main melody that repeats quite often.
As for the harmony, the chords last longer than one measure, which is great in terms of soloing purposes, because this means that you will have access to more brain power to focus on soloing instead of having to change scales and or arpeggios every half measure as in many other jazz and bebop standards.
I’ve played the Song For My Father Lead Sheet only once or twice, but I always had a lot of fun doing it!
For me, it happened in a school setting where as a small band we had to play a bunch of jazz standards.
How To Really Master The Song For My Father Lead Sheet?
As always, with every specific jazz standard we give tips on what it is you can do to improve your ability to master this song through your instrument and understanding of what is happening harmonically.
The first step that we always, and by that I mean truly always recommend first is to master the melody.
The melody IS the song. Let’s say we take away the harmony and chords and just play the melody.. Sure, you’ll recognize the song for sure!
Let’s say for a minute we will take away the melody and play just the chord progression and harmonic. Depending on if you’re playing the same voicings and rhythm as a famous rendition, people won’t be able to tell what song you are playing just based on the harmonically changes.
That’s why we always recommend as step 1, for you to learn and fully memorize the melody, no matter what instrument you play, even if you are a bass player.
The second step, that we almost always recommend is that one learns, memorizes and masters the harmony.
Depending on your instrument, make sure you know what voicings you’d like to use in order to play this song. Heck, sometimes you may just want to learn different types of voicings over the same chords.
And keep in mind, even though you may be practicing just to learn this song specifically, harmony is harmony and chords are chords. You will see the same chords everywhere over and over again, especially 2 5 1 progressions.
Once you’ve master the harmony and chord progression, we recommend that you play the song as often as possible in a live setting. This is a another level and layer of familiarizing yourself with the song.
This means playing with friends in a jam setting or family members who play musical instruments and jazz.
Up next, the following step we recommend is that you print out the Song For My Father Lead Sheet, and that you analyze the chords progressions with roman numerals.
Try and figure out what chords are part of the key you know.. Then determine which ones aren’t and that’s going to be your base line in terms of what you can do soloing wise over this song.
Once you’ve done that, move on to figuring out how the arpeggios go over each chords (which is pretty straight forward) and then you figure out what scales go over every chord.
Now, it’s important to note that over every type of chord, no matter the quality of the chord, you can play multiple scales.
You can keep things diatonically, or not, and that’s a matter of taste and what you’d like to sound like, so make sure that when you have printed out the Song For My Father Lead Sheet and you’ve written scales above every chord, that first of all they are theoretically correct, but also that they are the correct ones you’d like to use.
Next, you make sure that you can practice the song throughout the chord changes soloing wise. What this means is that now is the time to put everything to the test and try to play your scales over each chord progression and make sure that you can follow the chord progressions and scales with your instrument.
Once you’ve done that, and you can even do a mix between scales and instruments, it’s time to incorporate licks and other patterns you may have learned over time.
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