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Giant Steps

Chord Melody, Soloing and Comping Guide on The Shadow of Your Smile

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"This is an excellent course — definitely worth checking out!"

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"This is an excellent course — definitely worth checking out!"

- John Doe, Co-Founder, Impressive Company

Giant Steps

Lead Sheet, Chord Melody, Comping, Soloing ... and more!

Giant Steps turned the jazz world upside down when John Coltrane released his timeless recording in 1959. This video course covers everything you need to get started or gain a fresh perspective on the tune: the lead sheet with accurate chords, a chord melody, a comping study and a single-note solo. And we'll be gentle: it's played as a medium bossa instead of a fast swing!

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Chord Melody

Get a complete arrangement for solo guitar for this tune! Every chord melody in our Standards series is written with interesting themes and vocabulary in mind. Learn the arrangement, then arrange your own chord melodies on different tunes using similar techniques!

For such a feared and complicated tune, we decided to give this chord melody a "basics" treatment. You'll be focusing on a low register and a high register, as well as on chord shells and Latin syncopation.

Comping Study

You'll also get a comping (short for "accompaniment") study based off the chord progression for this tune. Each comping study centers around a specific theme, technique, or piece of comping vocabulary. Explore every possibility, and then take them into your own playing on other tunes!

The comping study for "Giant Steps" gives you two choruses of comping: the first being an example of "classic" jazz guitar comping; and the second chorus featuring more modern styles of comping and chord vocabulary.

Single-Note Solo

Want a real example of how to solo on this standard? We have a fully-transcribed single-note solo arrangement for each Standard tune centred on expanding upon a piece of jazz vocabulary or a transcription from a real jazz legend. Play the solo in full, then steal your favourite lines and assimilate them into your own improv vocabulary!

This solo for "Giant Steps" stays mainly within the three key centers of the tune - in general, each line stays away from altered vocabulary. This solo is in straight 8th notes in a Latin rhythm, so it serves as a fantastic entry-point for such a daunting tune!

What do I get with this course?

Our Standards courses come jam-packed with material designed to help you learn tunes and their intricacies. All of the above comes with:

  • Soundslice integration for every video - this amazing tool allows you to hear the demonstration while reading along with synchronized sheet music...and you control the action! Speed it up, slow it down, or even loop sections of what you're playing to make it even easier to learn!
  • Complete video instruction for each arrangement, and any relevant backing tracks;
  • Fully fleshed-out sheet music with TABs for each arrangement, as well as a simple lead sheet for the song - just melody and chords!
  • XML file copies for all sheet music, so that you can plug them directly into Finale or Sibelius and hear what you're seeing;
  • and Backing track MP3 files for relevant arrangements.

And remember: sheet music PDFs, XML files, and backing track audio files are downloadable for you to keep forever.

Whether you've been playing on Giant Steps for a while and want to kick things into the next gear or if you're just starting to learn it, this course is the perfect place to practice on this timeless classic.


Your Instructor


Marc-Andre Seguin
Marc-Andre Seguin

Marc-Andre Seguin is the webmaster, "brains behind" and teacher on JazzGuitarLessons.net, the #1 online resource for learning how to play jazz guitar.

He draws from his experience both as a professional jazz guitarist and professional jazz teacher to help thousands of people from all around the world learn the craft of jazz guitar.


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Class Curriculum


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  What's Next on Your Journey?
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Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I learn tunes?
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I'm a beginner. Is this tune easy to learn?
Learning the basic elements of each tune is easy, even if it takes a bit of time - you just need to learn the chord progression and the melody! However, we've stuffed each arrangement chock-full of interesting, incredible jazz guitar playing. Playing it all at once can be challenging but rewarding, so we advise that you break it down into tiny, manageable chunks.
What's the best way to use the materials in this course?
The chord melody, comping study, and single-note solo arrangements in this course provide a snap-shot of REAL JAZZ GUITAR PLAYING over a popular jazz standard. You CAN learn each arrangement "cover-to-cover", but a more effective way to use these materials is to print out the sheet music, listen to the demonstration video, and highlight your FAVOURITE parts. Analyze, learn, and master these licks, phrases, and chord grips so that you can make them a part of your own vocabulary and pull them out at a moment's notice!
 

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