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Watch the Swing Blues online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Jazz Guitar 7: Style Variations

Swing blues is one of those styles of jazz that should be a rite of passage for every jazz guitarist because its roots have influenced so many sub-genres of jazz. In this section, David Blacker shares key concepts and a series of performance studies to get you up and swinging quickly.

TIP! Everything you work on should be started slowly, paying attention to the fine details of finger placement, minimum motion, efficient picking hand movement, and proper intonation. Then GRADUALLY increase your speed. Think baby steps. Don't try to jump from zero to 60 - take it slow. As you gradually speed up you will see other technique issues that need to be addressed. These are more easily discovered and dealt with at slow tempos. It is way harder to fix a problem that you have burned into your muscle memory than it is to just start slow and fix things along the way. So always start practicing a new thing slowly, and then build up your speed.