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Hello Folks, this month we are going to dissect Jay McShann's "Jumpin' Blues" which I recorded with Scott Hamilton in 1986 for an album entitled "Swing".  We start as always with the chords. This type of swing blues has more chords than the normal 12 bar and the chords for certain verses are arranged while some are more open as you follow the soloist. We learn the first chorus playing in a sort of Freddy Green style we chords descending for the first 4 bars following the bass line. 

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Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 10:48 to practice the three choruses.  The chord forms for the second chorus are

%8/2.X/X.7/1.10/4.X/X.X/X[F] %8/2.X/X.7/1.8/3.X/X.X/X[F7] %6/2.X/X.5/1.7/4.6/3.X/X[Bb6] %6/2.X/X.5/1.6/3.X/X.X/X[Bbm6]
%5/3.X/X.3/1.5/4.X/X.X/X[F] %3/2.X/X.2/1.3/4.X/X.X/X[C7] %X/X.3/1.X/X.5/4.X/X.X/X[C]
%8/2.X/X.7/1.10/4.X/X.X/X[F] %6/T.X/X.8/3.7/2.X/X.X/X[Bb#5] %7/2.X/X.6/1.7/3.X/X.X/X[G#dim]

Finally, below is the backing track to practice with.  Note: we're going to be learning the variations, fills and soloing in the coming lessons.


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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 30, 2014

Very good Steve, yes it is a 1-4-5. And it is in the big band swing style. There were lots of great guitarist that played that style but Freddy Green is the icon of 4/4 rhythm guitar. There is a video from a tv show called jazz casual on Count Basie where it's just the rhythm section and you can hear Freddy better than on any record. It's amazing! 

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Dec 30, 2014

Thanks Duke

I'll check the Basie track - hope its on the net.

In researching the Memphis style i came across the Moten Swing as well. Another lesson to follow up on.

Can't say enough how much i appreciate your guidance.

Happy New Years


Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Dec 27, 2014

I beleive the turn arounds need more work. This is a standard blues progression 1 4 5, yes? I love the chords to fill this out. I understand this is the Freddy Green style, yes? Love it.


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 22, 2013

Cesar, Cool, I'm glad you are digging it. that's one if my favorites! Duke 

cesar May 22, 2013

i´m hooked!!!cool chords, i love it

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 11, 2012

you are very welcome!

mrfreedomx Feb 11, 2012

Bless you, Duke! Thanks for ALL the music and knowedge you've shared with us through the years. 

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