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

Lesson Source: David Blacker's West Coast Blues

Great West Coast Blues players can take a standard blues piece and turn it on its ear using rhythmic and melodic ideas from a number of related styles, delivering a unique and authentic sound. Infusing jazz and blues ideas into one cohesive style, "Uptown Stomp" is our first foray into the jazz/blues amalgam.

"Uptown Stomp" is unique in the way it suggests chord changes that don't actually occur, "implying" chord substitutions. These implied chords are based on substitutions commonly found in both jazz and blues styles. Incorporating this implied chord-change technique into your lead work adds sophistication to your solos while opening up a new world of harmonic possibilities.