Giant Steps Jazz Guitar Lick

Guitar Lesson -- Giant Steps Jazz Guitar Lick

Guitar Lesson - Giant Steps Jazz Guitar Lick

What’s happening, guys? My name is John McClennan
and I’m here with guitarcontrol.com, bringing you
this video lesson. Here’s lick number five. This
is the last lick that we’re looking at for the
“Giant Steps” first four bars, the changes to
John Coletrane’s tune, “Giant Steps”.

The chords that we’re playing this over — be sure
to just click the link so you can see the tab. You’ll
get the line tabbed out as well as the changes
that it’s being applied over. Let’s jump right in.

We’re going to start on the 6th fret, and the first
part outlines B major 7. So we’ve got 6, 8, 9, 6.
And then this. I’m just thinking now of a D triad.
So it’s like B flat major 7 and then here’s D.
And then that’s just a G triad. So you can see how
you’re just using these triads to connect. The next
thing you know you’re playing over “Giant Steps”.

Now I’m going to do a little bebop flavor here. This
is going to an E flat major 7 chord and the chord would
be something like that. But what I’m doing right there
is outlining the third. So I’m going above it and then
below it; enclosing it to give us an E flat major 7.
And then this sort of is a modern line going over E flat.
And there’s your triad again. E flat, right?

Now here’s a little Charlie Parker lick. And this
would be II-V-I, when you have two beats per chord.
So it would be 10, 12, pull-off to 11 and then
jump down here to 12, 10, 13, 12, 10, 9, resolving
to the 3rd of your G. There’s the chord progression.
A minor 7, D7, D13, resolving to G.

So one more time, the whole lick up to speed.

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