Transcription: Blues In Frankie's Flat
Composer: Frank Foster
"Blues In Frankie's Flat" is a twelve bar blues. There are many Basie recordings of this tune and Freddie Green's guitar is usually audible during this part of the arrangement. In this recording, bars 11 and 12 have Freddie playing a downward glissando on the 4th string, from Db to Ab three times, followed by a downward glissando from Bb to Gb. Rarely does Freddie exhibit such flamboyance!
Freddie's genius for rhythm guitar is clearly illustrated in this transcribed excerpt. Note how he uses only a few voicings, but creates variation by 1) altering how many notes are sounded in the voicing, by 2) gliding into the voicing from above or below, by 3) changing the length of the quarter note pulse.
The chord diagrams illustrate probable voicing 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. Note that Freddie often used his left thumb to mute or partially depress the 6th string.
For instruction on how to play one note and two note voicings, see our techniques section.
by Michael Pettersen