Transcription: April In Paris
Composer: Vernon Duke
It was while listening to these eleven measures that I began to question the "conventional wisdom" that Freddie Green always employed three note rhythm chord voicings. In bar 2, Freddie clearly sounds an Ab note on the 4th string. In an effort to find a "conventional" three note chord for bar 2, I tried adding other notes of a Db6 chord below the Ab and above the Ab. Nothing worked. No matter what three note chord voicing I tried, I could not match what I heard on the CD. Could it be that Freddie was sounding only the Ab note and muting all the other strings as he strummed? As unconventional as this seemed at the time, I surmised it must be true as nothing else matched. Try it yourself.
For instructions on how to play "one note" and "two note" Freddie Green chords, see my article written for Down Beat entitled: Distilling Big Band Guitar: The Essence of Freddie Green. (This transcription is also included in the Down Beat article).
Important: The chord diagrams illustrate probable fingering forms used by Freddie Green based on extensive research conducted by the primary contributors to this web site. As there is no video record of this recording session, Freddie's exact fingerings will never be known.