A bit of Jazz on a Gretsch

Want me to show you how to play some simple movable Jazz Chord Stylings ? Book a lesson for an in depth tutorial !

Nice tone on a Gretsch for some Jazz Chord stylings – a simple 12 bar blues with a turnaround interlude

This video just gives a demonstration of a little 12 bar blues on a Gretsch with a nice clean jazzy tone. The Gretsch guitars are very versatile, you can do anything with them from jazz to blues to pop to rock. It seems those humbucker pickups have so much versatility. So here I am just outlining a C7 chord, I play the C using the bottom E string right up there at the 8th fret . I miss out the A string, and then on the D string I am fretting the 8th fret too to get the Bb and on the G string I am fretting the 9th fret to get the Eb. I ignore the top two strings, B and high E

I’m moving then to an F9 chord. It’s like a barre chord, the 9th just means you add the 9th note on top of the F 7 chord. G is the 9th note to add on top of F, A, C, Eb….. there is a turnaround involving D G and A before back to the C chord as “home”…

More details on request…..These movable chords are very good to learn Jazz Standards.

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Playing Notes:This is in 6/8 (or ¾) the best counting is 1,2,3 4,5,6 …..
For each D chord and G chord as below it is 6 notes at a time.

We then move onto a G major pattern but we skip over the A and D strings and it is best (to be accurate with the record) to get both 3rd fret placed down on the top B and E strings.

This section of music repeats x 2 times.

First chordal pattern x 2 , D major to G major

The first six notes are the D major chord arpeggio, in other words the yellow highlighted open D string is the start again of the pattern (the second set of 6 notes)..


On the third run through we come to the variation…
this is where we have a descending passing note on the second set of G major arpeggio….. We do a 3rd fret bottom string on E then play open D and G strings, then play 2nd fret (F#)bottom string and play open D and G strings….



Then let ring the E minor and A chords

we then just let ring an E minor chord…for 6 beats….count 1,2,3,4,5,6……then A chord (count 1,2,3,4,5,6) then play Em again (6 beats) and A again (6 beats)…..pause…..then back to the beginning…….


Pause for about 6 beats (no music)…then….go back to the beginning

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Sound File for Lesson