Transcription: Moten Swing
Composer: Eddie Durham - Count Basie
These thirty-one measures perfectly illustrate the playing style of Freddie Green in the 1950's.
Listen very carefully to hear Freddie occasionally playing a long quarter note on beat one (or three) followed by a shorter quarter note on beat two (or four). This gives the guitar part a subtle lilting feel.
Freddie also executes a trademark one fret glissando on the first beat of measure 30.
Note the three note Ab chord on beat 2 of the first measure. Play this
chord on strings 6, 4, and 3. The three note Bbm chord in bar 27 is also
played on strings 6, 4, and 3.
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, April 2002