Swing Guitar

Dedicated to pre-bebop jazz guitar.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Comments Welcome

Although I want to share my discoveries or understanding with you all, I'm definitely open to you ideas and perspectives.


  • At 11:43 AM, Blogger Ryan Sweeney said…

    What's up Jonathan? This is Ryan Sweeney. I like your blog. Anyway, I have a question: Do you know of any web sites for beginners, with a focus on swing, not just general technique? I understand chords well enough, but I don't quite understand how you're supposed to know what single notes you can play when. If a song is in C major, for example, I have no idea how to know what notes from a C scale will fit at any given point (aside from just listening to what sounds good). Thanks.

  • At 4:23 PM, Blogger Jonathan Stout said…

    Check my post about recommended books for the link to the "Swing Guitar Essentials" book from Acoustic Guitar Magazine. It has a nice article on the basics of soloing. Also, you can go wrong with the Major Pentatonic over a major chord (which is basically an arperggio of a 6/9 chord). Also, arperggios are always good. We should talk in person sometime.

  • At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jonathan, excellent work! I hope you keep it up. I love swing and gypsy jazz, and I play a bit myself. My best wishes!

    (Baton Rouge)

  • At 12:59 PM, Blogger Ryan Sweeney said…

    Cool. Thanks Jonathan.

    Unfortunately, I'm taking a semester's leave to earn money to study in Germany spring semester, so I probably won't be living in LA for a year. I'm sure we'll run into each other sometime down the road, though.

  • At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Michael Steinman said…

    Very happy to find your blog, Jonathan -- I was looking online for more information on Allan Reuss for a post I'm writing. Check out my blog -- http://www.jazzlives.wordpress.com.-- I've posted live videos of Marty Grosz and friends!
    Cheers, Michael Steinman

  • At 8:24 PM, Blogger Barry Wahrhaftig said…

    Cool blog. I found it when I googled Marty Grozs.
    Had the pleasure of meeting him last week in Philly.
    I was performing with the Hot Club of Philadelphia, which is, you guessed it a Gypsy Jazz band.
    I do transcriptions and lesson material, if anybody is interested,
    let me know. Mainly Gypsy Jazz.
    Our CD is out, called "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," and it has some guests on it like Howard Alden on 7 string guitar, Denise King & Phyllis Chapell vocals.
    Liner notes by John Jorgenson, guitar whiz. I'm going to try to set up some giggs for Marty.
    My band's link is www.HotClubPhilly.com
    Barry Wahrhaftig

  • At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Philip Klocksien said…

    Really dug your blog. Am way out here in the Minnesota sticks. I'm a chromatic harmonica player who's trying to work my es-125 into my Real Book band. Baby steps. Loved your video: what a tribute to the "greatest generation". Chromatic harp, I believe has some swing roots. Larry Adler and Les Thompson were two great players. Toots, of course, but he is more straight ahead/bop oriented. Love your site and hope to improve my guitar. Great to know guys like you are out there. -Philip


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