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Lesson 3

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Lesson 3 concentrates on learning the head to Jumpin Blues. I have arranged it simply with single notes, double stops and 3 note chord fragments to replicate the reed section parts and we also learn the brass section answers with 6th chords and a cool way of picking to make the ooh wah sound of a brass section with fanning with metal derbies. It's a very fun thing to play and learn and I look forward to hearing you all play it! Enjoy, Duke 

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Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 3:40 to practice the first set of chords for the head.

%X/X.X/X.7/3.5/1.6/2.X/X[F] %X/X.X/X.X/X.6/3.5/2.4/1[C#m] %X/X.X/X.X/X.7/3.6/2.5/1[Dm]
%X/X.X/X.7/3.5/1.6/2.X/X[F] %X/X.X/X.8/3.7/2.X/X.X/X[D] %X/X.X/X.7/3.5/2.X/X.X/X[C] %X/X.X/X.3/3.2/2.3/4.1/1[C6]

loop @ 8:35 to practice the first and second parts of the head.

$4.7.$3.5.$2.6 $2.6.$1.4 $2.\5.$1.\3 $2.3.$1.1 | $2./3.$1.1 $2./3.$1.1 $2. 4 p3 1 | $4.3.$3.2.$2.3.$1.1 $4.3.$3.2.$2.3.$1.1 $4.3.$3.2.$2.3.$1.1 $4.3.$3.2.$2.3.$1.1 $4.3.$3.2.$2.3.$1.1 $4.3.$3.2.$2.3.$1.1 |

loop @ 13:10 to practice the third part of the head.

%X/X.X/X.X/X.7/3.6/2.4/1 %X/X.X/X.X/X.6/3.5/2.3/1 %X/X.X/X.X/X.7/3.6/2.X/X
$3.8.$1.5 $3.8.$1.5 $3.7.$1.6 $3.7.$1.6 $3.6.$1.7 $3.6.$1.7 $3.5.$1.8 $3.5.$1.8 |

loop @ 13:50 to practice with the slow run through.


loop @ 14:32 to practice with the at tempo run through.


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

Hey Steve, Sounds good. I know that head can be harder to play slow for me. Guess I should have made the track a bit quicker. I liked your solo and caught the two Charlie Christian quote! Throughing in CC licks is ALWAYS a good thing! 

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Dec 28, 2014

Still rough but its all there.



cesar May 26, 2013

Yes, you can´t drunk your troubles..i keep on workin with the rhythm part while i´m singing,any advice?Yhanxs


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 27, 2014

Sounds great Cesar! And you sound good plating and singing together. Keep up the good work! Duke 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 22, 2013

Thanks again Cesar, Duke

cesar May 22, 2013

it´s dificult to keep the right feelin for the rhythm..you make it seem so eaasyy man!it´s a really nice arrangement,i think it would be very useful for me.Thanxs

robert whatmough
robert whatmough May 09, 2013

thank you so much for this lesson on the head to jumpin blues .Just pulled out the CD (swing)and popped it into the slow downer and i was playing along to one of my fave Duke tracks Thanks Duke you'v made my day!!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 30, 2014

You are welcome Robert! 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 19, 2012

Love it.  Beautiful chords and voicings.  Playing it just makes me happy.  Great way to unwind after a long day!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 19, 2012
You're welcome Roger!
Roger Feb 19, 2012

Duke, thanks so much for this these lessons. I like the others have struggled with this tune for many years. What a joy is is to FINALLY play it correctly. I'm having some challenges posting videos on here but hopefully I'll be able to get something up soon. Thank youi !

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 17, 2012
Cool Steve, glad you like it.
Steve Marinak
Steve Marinak Feb 17, 2012

Very cool.  I too copped this about 25 years ago and have been doing the triads and double stops slightly different.  This sounds more rich and full.  Can't wait to work through this.


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 17, 2012
Your welcome Slim!
Slim Feb 17, 2012

Wow!  Mystery solved.  I've been listening to that for about 25 years.  I think the simplicity and economy of your arrangement is a huge lesson.  Thank you so much, Duke.


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