Before you is version 3.0 of “Swing & Jump Blues”, my humble take on what this music is about.
I have collected this material over the last two decades and it attempts to define the different ways of accompanying and soloing in a Jump Blues setting.
It got to see the light because I got tired.
Tired of looking for a good book / website / video that would accurately describe this music.
Tired of listening to hundreds of “guitar players” I’ve heard at sessions or had the dubious pleasure of playing with mindlessly race up and down the minor pentatonic scale.
Tired of saying: “Don’t you HEAR the major third: is there a reason why you don’t PLAY it?”
And it was born out of love for Jump Blues.
A type of music that does not need to be studied like jazz, has the power of the blues and brings a positive, upbeat feel to it.
This is now the 3rd incarnation of the e-book / website.
The original was written in 1997, followed by an update and extension in 2006.
Now I’ve added more material and re-wrote some to be more effective.
I hope you will be kind and look at this material as an honest attempt to open up Swing & Jump to a larger audience of guitar players.
Not out of a religious “this is the only way to play it”
but out of “I love this music, take what you like, it’s yours, too”.
December 1997 / November 2006 / February 2016
I owe a lot to the following guitarists and music lovers
for their comments on the 1st version of this book/website.
Without them this project would’ve been senseless
and a lot less fun. Thanx!
Richard Van Bergen
Kelly Joe Phelps
Ton van Bergeijk
Adam Larrabee (NEC)
Harry de Groot (drums)
Leata van Amesfoort (piano)
George Whitmore (saxofoon)
Freddie Cavalli (himself)
Theo Lissenberg (banjo)
Heleen Karsdorp (vocals)
Brent Barlow (vocals)
Dave Massey (harp)
Berklee School of Music
Acoustic Guitar Workshop