Hi, I'm David Blacker and welcome to the rhythm edition of Swing Blues Survival Guide. Swing blues rhythm styles cover a range of genres, from classic swing to western swing, rockabilly, jump blues, west coast blues and bebop. Having a range of these sounds and textures to play with is the key to solid swing blues rhythm playing.
Aside from absorbing a new rhythmic vocabulary, playing swing blues rhythm requires an advanced understanding of blues harmony and chord substitutions. This understanding is required for both rhythm and lead playing, which is why this course also serves as the foundation for the lead edition of Swing Blues Survival Guide.
I've broken this course into two sections, looking first at the key concepts that form the theoretical basis for playing swing blues rhythm, also examining a few key techniques which are used frequently. In the second section, we'll work through specific performance studies designed to give you the chordal and rhythmic vocabulary of some of the great swing blues guitarists.