Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The Dynamic Chord and Muted Notes (DCMN) analysis of Freddie Green's Rhythm Guitar Style: What's in a "One-Note" Chord?


Brain and Cognitive Science Laboratory
Brigham Young University
August 2002

"Beauty is a consequential thing, a product of solving problems correctly."
- Joseph Eshrick

Introduction: Freddie Green as a minimalist artist

Principles of minimalism have been applied successfully to many art forms, particularly during the 20th century. Freddie Green is both the innovator and the premier player of the minimalist aesthetic in rhythm guitar playing. Freddie Green's minimalist style was brought to the attention of guitar players and jazz enthusiasts in a magazine article by Michael Pettersen - Distilling Big Band Guitar: The Essence of Freddie Green, Down Beat, October, 2000. The "one-note-chord" style that Pettersen describes, or the "minimalist" style, as I call it here, refers to Freddie Green's prevailing rhythm guitar technique, in which he plays a sounded note on the 4th string, while occasionally adding an upper note on the 3rd string and/or a lower note on the 5th or 6th...

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