Jazz Guitar: Easy Access Chords
Three Note Jazz Chords
These "easy access" chords are three note chords that are easy to finger quickly. They are also great shapes to add or "access" the various extensions such as b5, #5, 6, b9, 9, #9, 11, #11, b13 and 13
Sometimes referred to as Root-3-7 chords (occasionally 6 is used instead of 7) they were a staple of Freddy Green, the legendary jazz rhythm guitarist from the Count Basie Band who mainly used these shapes and their inversions.
The chords in this article are all in Root Position.
Inversions of these chords have either a third, fifth or seventh on the bottom.
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Ther best way to approach rhythm is to follow in the footsteps of Freddy Green and play quarter note down strokes 4 beats per measure and then try some more syncopated patterns as you get familiar with these shapes.
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