Watch the Beatnik Blues online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Alchemy

Freddie Green played rhythm guitar with the Count Basie band for fifty years, defining jazz rhythm guitar and generally embodying the antithesis of any kind of guitaristic posturing whatsoever. His chord voicings are basically stripped-down versions of chords you already know, reduced to their essentials - the third, a sixth or a seventh, and a fifth or a root. For a similar approach in a small group setting, check out Oscar Moore's work in the Nat "King" Cole trio.

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