Shell Chords in the Style of Freddie Green

Hey, how’s it going this is Jon McLennan with Guitar Control, excited to
bring you this video lesson. We’re looking at what I call “Shell Chords” on the lower strings, or almost like Freddie Green style rhythm playing over John Coletrane’s “Giant Steps”.

We’ve discussed playing over the 1st 4 bars, now we’re looking at the next 4 bars. So we’ve got 3, 4, 4, for our 1st chord, which is functioning as a G major 7 here.

Shell Chords in the Style of Freddie Green -- Jazz Guitar Lesson

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Here’s the first chord. We’re going to move that up to a B flat 7, which is 6, 6, 7; to an E flat major 7, which all I do is change one note. That middle note goes from 6 to 5. And then to F sharp 7, which is 9, 8, 9; going to B major 7, 7, 8, 7. Then we’re going to do a quick II-V, going to the key of E flat. So those two chords are going to look like this, which is 8, 6, 8; 6, 6, 7 and then finally resolving here. To get from V to I all you’ve got to do is take this finger and move it down a half step. So the frets on this become 6, 5, 7. Here’s the whole thing slowly. Again.

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