Transcription: Freddie Green's Solo on Ain't Misbehavin'
Tune: Ain't Misbehavin'
"Freddie Green never took a solo..." is an axiom often stated about Freddie's recorded works. This website has already disproved other widely believed myths about Freddie's technique by the use of logic and a rational method of inquiry. So in that vein, let's now disprove the "no solo" axiom. The following transcription documents a 44 second guitar solo, employing single notes and chords, and played by Freddie Green...the guitarist who "never took a solo."
This recording from 1958 has a laid-back, late night feeling. Backing up singer Joe Williams is a four man rhythm section, joined by Harry "Sweets" Edison on trumpet. Count Basie plays organ on every cut.
It is no surprise that Freddie's solo is based on chord forms. Above each measure is the chord progression and the chord form that Freddie used for his solo.
Techniques employed are:
The rhythmic notation is an approximation of the exact rhythms played by Freddie. When studying this solo, it is essential to listen to the recording while following the transcription.
Transcribed by Michael Pettersen