Adam Lomeo

Giant Steps – Chord Diagrams

Posted on February 27th, 2021 by adaml

It seems that amidst the 2020 lockdown John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” has only increased in popularity. It’s even become something of a MEME!? I was teaching this song, via a virtual lesson, and I decided to send some chord voicings to my student. There is nothing fancy here, but these diagrams can definitely help a guitarist find their bearings on this challenging song.

A big part of the value in these diagrams is that the Melody note is the top-voice in each chord. The student I made this arrangement for does not have a cut-away, so you’ll notice that the Melody starts in one octave and then transposes a bit higher for the rest of the song.

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