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This is the eigth lesson of Duke Robillard's Swingin' the Blues series of swing guitar lessons. Lesson 8 is focused on learning the lead part to Lester Leaps In. Duke gives a quick run through of a 32 bar solo, discusses using 6ths, 9ths, 3rds and chromatic phrases, transitioning to the bridge and the tradition of quoting melodies from other tunes.


Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Duke Robillard
jazzy blues
Swing Guitar

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Lester Leaps In Soloing


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 1:14 Breakdown of Lester Leaps In Soloing

Loop 8:05 Bass Jam Track for Chord Practice Example





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gary hart
gary hart Oct 18, 2014

Ive always loved your playing Duke since i first heard you about 20 odd years ago.. its great with todays technology to able to pick up some tips.. your swing blues playing is fantastic !!

terryguitar Nov 14, 2013

Hey RJ ----just saw some of your stuff on utube ....love it

kind regards Terry

Ronnie Weiner
Ronnie Weiner Oct 04, 2012

I get it about the "quotes" as you put it. When I saw you play at Viper Alley last month, I heard you reference "Im Beggining To See The Light." a few times.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 14, 2012

Markod, That is something I can help you with and will put it on my list of upcoming lessons. Thanks, Duke

Mark Jul 14, 2012



I really love these lessons. One thing I would like to work on is incorporating the one six two five turnaround in a jazz/blues song such as Route 66. I know the chords that would go with that but would like to work on how to solo over the one six two five parts.



Mark Margolies

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 22, 2011

That's a great idea guys. We'll work on that. Thanks for the input! Duke

RJ Ronquillo
RJ Ronquillo Nov 22, 2011

Great lesson Duke! I agree with Jason, I'd like to see the chord changes above the tab, it really does help in understanding the phrasing and also applying them to different keys. 

Jason S
Jason S Oct 29, 2011

This is really great! I love the way Duke plays this style. One suggestion though. I would like to see the changes. So, I can relate what he is playing to the chords. This would also apply to the head as well.

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