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How’s it going guys. My name is John McClennan
and I’m here with guitarcontrol.com. Today I
want to talk a little bit about Freddie Green
style chord voicings. Freddie Green played
rhythm guitar and played guitar with The Count
Basie Big Band and he was really known for just
his quarter note strums and the type of chordal
voicings that he played. He really just held it
down, was a machine.
So what you’re going to want to do is you’re
going to want to play some of these chord
voicings that I’ll show you and just really
try and lock it in with a metronome, just
getting a real steady, quarter-note pulse.
So let’s jump into the chords here. We have
an F major 7, beginning on the 1st fret,
2nd fret, 2nd fret. And one of the tricks
with all of these chords that I’m going to
show you is the concept of muting all the
strings that you’re not playing, that you’re
My general thought is, if you’re not playing it;
mute it. You’ve got to find some part. Use this
part of your hand, whatever you’ve got to do,
to mute it. F major 7 is that first chord.
Next chord, G minor 7: 3rd fret, 3rd fret,
3rd fret. Then I move that up a whole step
for A minor 7; B flat major 7 on the 6th fret,
same as the first chord just relocated to the
6th fret. Then C7; D minor 7; E minor 7 flat 5;
F major 7. And then of course you want to
descend back down all of those same chords.
One of the exercises you can do — first, be
sure to click the link below to get the tab
for this. But take a jazz standard tune and
just voice all the chords in the tune as
this sort of Freddie Green style.
Just go through it with the quarter note pulse,
giving yourself a metronome, you know, just
keeping the time and just really try and lock
it in. It can be great just to hold that down
in a band and listen to that drums and just try
and play right with the rhythm section.
Again, let’s go through those chords. Back down.
You can just get that real percussive sound going.
Thanks for watching and we’ll see you in the next lesson.