The Fabers have included lead sheets in their new edition lesson books. I have scoured the internet for free music to add to my collection. I start with just one note in the left hand, the root note. Then I add fifths, the first and the fifth note of the chord, and finally the whole chord.
Here is an example of a great song to use that plan. "Walk Don't Run" sounds good with just one bass note, the fifths, and the chord. With my intermediate students who understand intervals, I show them the inverted chords, close together for fluency.
Reasons to work with lead sheets-
- It opens the door to understanding chord theory
- Improvisation happens naturally
- Traditional songs come back into use, like Happy Birthday.
Find some free lead sheets here.