Transcription: The Blues I Like To Hear
Tune: The Blues I Like To Hear
Comments: This twenty-four measure transcription illustrates how Freddie
Green would vary his rhythm part when playing the blues. The majority
of the notes are played on the 4th string. If an upper note is added on
beat 2 or 4, play the added note on the 3rd string.
In measure 13, beat 2, the low "Db" is very hard to hear. In
fact, I could not decide if the note was actually there! If you decide
to use it, play the "Db" on the 5th string.
Measures 19 and 20 are my conjecture of what Freddie played. In these
measures, the guitar part is masked by the pianist playing fortissimo
and by the bassist playing in a very high range.
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.
Transcribed by Michael Pettersen, September 2001