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Watch the Uptown Stomp 3 online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Blues Guitar Greatest Hits Vol. 1

Lesson Source: David Blacker's West Coast Blues

This solo features implied chord changes over a straight-ahead, uptempo swing-blues. Implying changes is a key element to this style, adding excitement and sophistication to otherwise standard blues progressions. Focus on chord tones on the downbeat of each change for effective note targeting. Also, playing with an uptown flare requires extending and alerting basic chords with chord tones such as the 6th, 9th, b9th, b5 and #5.