Watch the Swing It online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Alchemy

If you think you hate jazz guitar, it's worth giving Charlie Christian a listen, particularly on the Columbia/Legacy single-disc reissue Genius of the Electric Guitar, which features most of his best work with the Benny Goodman Sextet. Christian was a riff guy, with a hot, popping tone and the ability to twist and rearrange a small group of licks and arpeggios into a seemingly endless parade of ideas. But most of all, he had flawless time and deep blues sensibilities. What's not to like?

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