How’s it going, guys? My name is John McClennan
and I’m here with guitarcontrol.com, excited to
bring you this video lesson. We’re looking at
John Coltrane’s standard, “Giant Steps” today.
I’m showing you some chords. We’ve been working
through the first four bars of the tune, and now
we’re going to work through the cycle of chords
that begins on the next four bars, so bars five,
ending on nine.
Here’s the first chord, and be sure to click the
link below and it has the tab for this. But it’s
a G major 7. We’re going to play 5, 7, 7, 7.
Then we’re going to go to a B flat 13, which is
6, 7, 8, 8. And then an E flat major 7. I love
this chord here, 5, 7, 6, 6; to an F sharp 7,
which is 4, 6, 5, 6; resolving to a B major 7,
which would be 4, 4, 4, 6.
Now we’re going to do a II-V going to the key
of E flat. So I’m going to play this chord,
which is F minor 11: 3, 5, 4, 6; going to B
flat 9, which is 6, 5, 3, 6; and then finally
resolving here on an E flat 6-9. I love this
chord because it’s just stacked in fourths
like that and there’s no root. So your bass
player plays this note. Rootless is what’s
written in the tab.
So you’ve got that II-V-I there. And again,
all these chords, try to get them under your
fingers. Play them in this tune and use those
voicings as well in other standards, just great
jazz-sounding voicings. So here it is one more time.
All right, click the link below and practice those
over the next four bars of “Giant Steps”. We’ll see
you in the next lesson.