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How to memorise the chords to Giant Steps by John Coltrane on Guitar.

Andy Pattinson

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If you have ever wondered about this tune I have discovered an easy way of memorising the chords using a symmetrical method.

The tune uses three keys a major third apart.

B G and Eb major

I call the first 5 chords "symmetry x"

they are B [D7] G and [Bb7] Eb

you then move this all down a major third using two connecting chords.

There then follows several 251's which I have called "symmetry y" and two connecting chords take you back to the beginning of this 16 bar tune.





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Edited by Andy Pattinson
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