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Giant Steps

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“Giant Steps” is a tune written by the legendary tenor saxophonist John Coltrane for his ground-breaking 1960 record “Giant Steps”. This tune highlights a Coltrane innovation that jazz musicians call “Coltrane Changes“. It focuses on three tonal centers: B Major, G Major and Eb Major.

This tune has become very famous in the jazz world and is known as one of the more difficult tunes to improvise on. It is best to ignore the key signatures on the charts provided because as I said there is more than one key center.

This tune is often called at a fast tempo, however, we have provided you with a play-along as a medium bossa and a fast swing. Slower tempos are great for practicing Giant Steps. However, you should also be able to play Giant Steps at faster tempos.

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Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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