0018 – Giant Steps
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"Giant Steps" is John Coltrane's most famous composition, and one that quickly became a test piece for modern jazz musicians owing to its challenging chord progression, which moves by major thirds through three tonal centers, very quickly. In fact, one could say very quickly indeed, when referring to Coltrane's classic 1960 recording, but fortunately this guitar arrangement sounds nice even at a much more relaxed tempo. Interestingly, it lies well on the instrument in the key of E. Though there are only 16 bars of music here, there is an awful lot of harmonic information to digest. Still, the most impressive thing about "Giant Steps" may be the fact that it is such a strong, simple melody, one that casual listeners would never identify as difficult.