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Solo Breakdown

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We're re-issuing one of Duke's most popular lessons with new sheet music, re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Duke:

Hello again folks. This weeks lesson is the final lesson for Jumpin' the Blues. In this lesson I talk about soloing in the Key of F which is a key that is a bit harder because you really need to work out of different positions to be able to say more in this style of blues playing. The things I play are quite simple and the emphasis is on the swing feel and a simple melodic approach. There a some examples here of riffs that I use but I leave it to you to find your way for improvising here. As I always say, you can't play it if it's not in your head. And to build a vocabulary to solo on a tune like this you should look up different versions of this tune and hear how different artists approach soloing on it. Most people play it in F so that in itself is a good thing. Find as many swinging blues in F as you can and learn some lines from different solos then try and take what you've learned and use parts of what you have learned to play it you're own way. That is, in my opinion, the best way to learn, but keep in mind you need to let the masters playing seep into your sub-conscious until you hear music in your head from the sources with your own twists. You'll know when you are getting close. Just keep working at it and you will start to feel the improvement.




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:58 Jumpin' Blues Solo from Duke's Album Swing


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 1:57 How to Approach Soloing

Loop 10:57 Ending Breakdown

Loop 14:30 Closing Thoughts





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Marty Perry
Marty Perry Jan 20, 2023

Hi Duke,

Here's my take on The Jumpin' Blues. Great lesson and wonderful backing track. Thanks for the lesson and any feedback.
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