Jazz Chord Voicings from Giant Steps by John Coltrane

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Jazz Chord Voicings from Giant Steps by John Coltrane -- Jazz Guitar Lesson


Jazz Chord Voicings from Giant Steps by John Coltrane - Jazz Guitar Lesson

How’s it going, guys? This is John McClennan
and I’m here with guitarcontrol.wpmudev.host, bringing
you this video lesson. We’re looking at the first
four bars of changes to John Coletrane’s “Giant Steps”.

What we’re going to start out here it just with
some chord voicings. Previously we were working
at getting some chord voicings on the lower part
of the neck, now let’s go up higher. We’re going
to play some chords on the top four strings here.

The first chord is a B major 7, and be sure to
click the link below for the tab. Here we have
9, 11, 11, 11. The next chord is going to be D13:
10, 11, 12, 12. This is a great chord. It almost
looks like you might know it as a B minor 7, but
when you put the G in the bass you’ve got a G major
9 chord. And this chord would be 9, 11, 10, 10.

After that G major 11 we’re going to go E flat 7,
which would be 8, 10, 9, 10; resolving to E flat
major 7: 8, 8, 8, 10. And then A minor 7: 7, 9, 8, 10.
And then D9, which would be 10, 9, 7, 10. And then,
of course, resolving that II-V-I to a G6-9: 9, 9,
10, 10. That’s all the chord changes there.

Play these chords and practice them over the tune.
It’s pretty fast. You can play it slow. Slow your
metronome down. Just go one, two, three, four;
one, two, three, four. Just work on getting a clean
sound. Remember, all these chords are going to be
great for applying in any other jazz tune as well,
all these voicings that I’m showing you. So just
simple things like playing a II-V-I, you can play
that like in “Autumn Leaves” or something like that,
a jazz standard, very useful stuff. So this song
is so beneficial in a ton of ways.

Click the link below for the tab
and we’ll catch you in the next video.