Swing & Jump Blues

This second unit of The Practicing Blues Guitarist introduces three essential concepts for playing authentic-sounding swing and jump blues solos on the twelve-bar form. If you want to add style and sophistication to the blues, expand your range on the fretboard and unspool long eighth note lines with drive and momentum, read on.

Swing and Jump Blues are two closely-intertwined styles of the 1930s and '40s exemplified by guitarists like Charlie Christian, T-Bone Walker, Tiny Grimes and Oscar Moore. Swing and Jump Blues is not just a period piece, though. It's designed to put specific new scales and sounds into your hands, expand your vocabulary and fuel your creativity.


In these twelve lessons, you'll learn how to:

  • bring swing and jump blues sounds into your blues playing with the Swing Scale
  • create, practice and play long, swinging phrases using Eighth Note Flow
  • use the "Charlie Christian" position to combine swing and blues lines in new areas of the neck.

Swing and Jump Blues includes 12 video lessons, each with accompanying pdf charts and/or tab and custom jam tracks to practice to. All streaming videos, jam tracks and pdfs are also downloadable and belong to you forever.

Here are the topics covered in over 76 minutes of video. You can watch lesson 9 in its entirety above to get a feel for the material and how it's presented.

  1. The Swing Scale
  2. Jump Blues Form
  3. Jump Blues Form #2
  4. Eighth Note Flow On The Swing Scale
  5. Improvising with Eighth Note Flow
  6. Eighth Note Flow For The Blues Scale
  7. Blues Scale Syncopations
  8. The Upper Position
  9. Contrast In The Upper Position
  10. Eight Note Flow In The Upper Position
  11. Playing The Changes On The Turnaroun
  12. Playing The Changes On The Blues Form

When you purchase the course, you have immediate access to all of the lesson material, and can download, stream and study all of it at whatever pace suits you best. By going in-depth into the swing scale, eighth note flow and the upper position, Swing and Jump Blues unlocks two essential roots music styles, gives you important new tools to immediately apply to your own playing, and prepares you to move further into the blues-based jazz of the Hard Bop era.

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