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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. 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 10:25 to practice the first part of the progression. 

%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] %1/T.X/X.3/3.2/2.1/1.X/X[F] %1/T.X/X.1/1.2/2.1/1.X/X[F7]

The B section chords are

%6/1.X/X.6/2.7/4.6/3.X/X[Bb7] %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] %4/2.X/X.3/1.4/3.X/X.X/X[Db7]

The first turnaround is

%1/T.X/X.3/3.2/2.1/1.X/X[F] %1/T.X/X.1/1.2/2.1/1.X/X[F7] %X/X.5/3.3/1.3/1.3/1.X/X[Bb] %X/X.4/3.3/1.3/1.X/X.X/X[Bbm]
%1/T.X/X.3/3.2/2.1/1.X/X[F] %3/2.X/X.3/3.3/3.3/3.X/X[Gm7] %3/2.X/X.2/1.3/4.X/X.X/X[C7]

loop @ 18:05 to practice the whole progression.  The turnaround in the final run-through is

$6.1.$4.3.$3.2.$2.1 $6.1.$4.3.$3.2.$2.1 $5. 1.$4.3 $5.2.$4.3 $5.3.$4.3 $6.3.$4.3.$3.3.$2.3 $6.3.$4.2.$3.3 $6.3.$4.2.$3.3 |

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 Aug 28, 2013

Hi Guillaume, i am glad you are getting something out of it "Lonesome Road" is a fairly simple song so I bet you got really close. Duke  

Mlesvenan Aug 19, 2013

Hi Duke! Your lesson helped me to (almost) find your Lonesome Road's chords progression. Thanks a lot and grettings from Paris! Guillaume

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 22, 2012

Thanks Bob, I try and pick tunes that are hopefully interesting to the subscribers. So far seems like people are digging the lessons. I appreciate your feedback. Duke.

Bob Lane
Bob Lane Apr 22, 2012

Duke this is THE stufff! Well taught andwell presented. There is a whole of learning in this one. Thanks ever so much!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 11, 2012

Thank YOU Steve! Duke

Steve Marinak
Steve Marinak Feb 11, 2012

$100 dollar lesson people!  This one alone.  Thanks Duke!


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 08, 2012

Hi Mike, I think that is because the chords are nice to follow and draw your ear in. Now part of the secret to learning to play over the chords is listening and learning lines played by mostly horn players from the early Basie band (Decca late 30s and Jay McShann's band of 1940-41 (also on Decca) These recordings are the essence of Kansas City jazz and are a unique style of blusey jazz that really had a lot to do with the development of R&B and rock and roll probably. Bluesy jazz is a great was to start to learn about jazz. Any great jazz r player should be able to play the hell out of the blues.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 03, 2012

Sweet turnaround at the end Duke!  

Question .. I find I also like chord progressions like this more than lead lines at times.  Is that strange?

I think that maybe my true soloing sound is going to be punching chords .. kind of like a horn section.

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