Transcription: Rat Race
Composer: Count Basie
This superb, yet inexpensive, collection
includes recordings from 1939 to 1951.
In measures 12/13, and in measures 23/24, Freddie employs a rhythm banjo cliche. He precedes the tonic chord (C major) with a diminished chord built on the same root (C). The diminished chord is played on a weak beat, two or four, and resolved to the tonic chord on a strong beat, one or three.
Please note that measures 15 and 16 may not be completely accurate as Freddie's guitar is very hard to hear due to the bass and piano.
See the "Lessons and Technique" section of this website for details about Freddie's playing style.
Transcribed by Michael Pettersen, August 2003