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Freddie Green

Freddie Green (March 31, 1911–March 1, 1987) was an American jazz guitarist. He was especially noted for his sophisticated rhythm guitar in big band settings, particularly for the Count Basie orchestra.

Green's technique was to only play certain important notes of each chord. The unsounded notes were damped by the fingers of the left hand. This technique gave a 'chunky' rhythm sound without creating too much unnecessary harmonic presence that might interfere with notes sounded by other members of the orchestra. Throughout his career, Green only rarely played single note solos.

Freddie Green (1911-1987) known as "Steady Freddie" was the great Swing/Big Band Jazz rhythm guitarist in Count Basie's "All-Americam Rhythm Section" whose style was characterized by his driving four-to-the-bar comping style. To learn more about this jazz rhythm guitar legend, visit the web sites below.

Lessons

Freddie Green Comping (timberens.com)
Lessons (Freddie Green - Master of the Rhythm Guitar)

Resources

Guitar Master: Freddie Green (Guitar-Masters)
Transcriptions (Freddie Green - Master of the Rhythm Guitar)


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