In this guitar lesson, Jon MacLennan will teach you a jazz chord
progression with a cool rhythm pattern in the style of Freddy Green.
Hope you like it!!!
Hey, what’s going on everybody?
This is John McClennan and I’m here
today with guitarcontrol.wpmudev.host, bringing
you this jazz lesson. And what we’re
going to talk about today is sort of
a Freddie Green style comping.
And Freddie Green, he played in the
Count Basie Big Band and he was just
known for a real sort of quarter note.
It was like he was just a machine
So what we’re going to do is we’re
going to try and emulate that sound
a little bit today, just going over
rhythm changes, chord progressions.
So if I go over the chord all
together we’ve got B flat major 7,
G minor 7, C minor 7, F7, D minor 7,
G7, C minor 7, F7, F minor 7, B flat 7,
E flat major 7, A flat 7, D minor 7,
G7, C minor 7, F7 and back to the one
chord. So this is just the A section
there. And be sure to click the link
below for the tab for all these shapes.
Here’s what we’re looking at. We’ve got
the 6th fret, 7th fret and 7th fret.
And one of the things that we’re going
to do is we’re just going to kind of
mute and we’re going to — just going
to get this quarter note kind of thing
happening, because Freddie Green, and
whenever someone wants you to play
Freddie Green, it’s just that. It’s
always that quarter note rhythm.
So the next chord is 3rd fret, 3rd fret,
3rd fret and then I move up to the 8th
fret and then I’m going to go to the 8
and 7th. Eighth for F7 shape and then
I do the same thing up a whole step.
And then here you can go to F minor,
which would be 8, 6, 8, B flat 7, 6,
6, 7. And then E flat major 7, which
would be 6, 5, 7 and then A flat 7,
which will be 4, 4, 5. And then I’m
going to repeat this cycle again.
So what you’ll want to do is just —
you can put on a metronome, like, one,
two, three, four; one, two, three and
just practice again.
One of the questions I get asked a lot
is rhythms to comp in, say, jazz standards.
One of the ways that you can practice is
just doing Freddie Green and working on
that quarter note swing. If you’re playing
with a drummer and he’s hitting that ride
cymbal, you’re going to be right with him.
So if I was playing I’d just be staring
right at him trying to just zone-in and
get it as tight as I can.
Anyways, let’s play it one more time from
the top. Here we go. B flat. One, two, three, four.
All right, Freddie Green. That’s all we
got for you today. Be sure to click the
links below and we’ll see you in the next
video. Thanks for watching.