John Coltrane´s Giant Steps Chord Voicings

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John Coltrane´s Giant Steps Chord Voicings -- Jazz Guitar Lesson


John Coltrane´s Giant Steps Chord Voicings - Jazz Guitar Lesson

How’s it going, guys? This is John McClennan
and I’m here with guitarcontrol.wpmudev.host, excited
to bring you this lesson. We’re looking at the
chord changes to the first eight or so bars of
“Giant Steps”, John Coletrane’s tune. And I want
to show you just some great voicings for
getting through those changes there.

The first chord here is a B major 7 and
we’ve got 2, 4, 3, 4. Be sure to click the
link below for the tab for this. Then we’re
going to go to a D13 over C, which would be
3rd fret, 4th fret, 4th fret, 3rd fret.
G6-9 over B: 2, 2, 2, 3. Then to a B flat 9,
which is 6, 6, 5, 3. And then B flat major 7.
This is a nice voicing here. Six, 5, 3, 3.

Again, notice that there’s a common note between all
those changes. A minor 11: 5, 5, 5, 3. Then I just
drop those two notes. See how smooth that is? A flat
7 flat 5: 4, 4, 5, 3. Resolving to G major 7. That’s
just a II-V-I cadence. Then you go 3, 4, 4, 3. Back
up to B flat 9; B flat major 7; F sharp 13: 2, 2, 3, 4;
B major 7, the first chord. A nice little cadence here,
II-V-I going to E flat major 7. It’s going to be 3, 5,
4, 6. B flat 9: 6, 5, 4, 6. E flat major 7: 5, 5, 6, 6.

So the whole thing slowly is like this. You want to
just focus on getting those chords clean and being
able to play it at tempo, of course, and then all
those voicings are going to be super applicable to tons
of other jazz tunes where you have II-V-Is and just a
lot of those typical movements, major 7th chords, minor
7ths. So here we go; one more time up to speed.

All right, listen to some John Coletrane and the
next section we’re going to get into some lines
playing over this. So practice that and
we’ll see you in the next video.

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