How’s it going, guys? My name is John McClennan and
I’m here with guitarcontrol.com, excited to bring you
another video blog. We’re looking at the chord progression
to “Giant Steps”, John Coletrane’s tune. And what I want
to show you is some real nice, what I call, shell chords.
They’re really great for comping in a rhythm section,
especially when you have a piano player. Because if you
have a piano player and he’s sort of playing the dominant
role in the rhythm section as far as like holding down
the chords, as a guitar player you’ve got to be out of
his way. So these chords, the kinds of shapes that I was
just playing there, those tend to stay out of the way.
What I’m doing here it take, say, a B major 7. The first
chord is 2-4-3-4. And I’m just stripping down the notes.
I’m taking out the 5th. So I just end up playing this
chord with the root, the 7th and the 3rd of the chord.
So you can finger it like this. I like to go like this
because sometimes I’ll get that and go like this.
Here’s the first chord, D major 7, then up to a D7:
5-5-5-7; G major 7, again, no root, 3-4-7; B flat 7:
8-7-9; E flat major 7, same as this first chord, just
up here now, so 6-7-8. Then you do a quick II-V going
to G. So this will be A minor 7: 7-5-8, to D7: 5-5-7
and then resolving here on G major 7: 5-4-7. So you have…
So the whole thing is like this. Here it is slow.
Resolve there on 5-4-7 for your G major 7. So one more
time up to speed. Maybe on that E flat major 7 you can
do that. Just fun ways of getting through those changes.
Click the link below and we’ll see you in the next lesson.