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  Walking Bass Jumpback Blues (key of F#)
(with ‘50’s Ray Charles-ish Theme)

Ted Greene Blues Study - Oct 9, 1989
Compilation pages by P. Vachon

Ted's Original Lesson sheet

My compilation page, changes and comparisons

Here is another one of Ted’s blues studies that illustrates the “V-of” principle:  any chord may be preceded by its V7 (or a b5 substitute of the V7 chord).  I believe that Ted used the term “jumpback” here to mean that for a given chord you would first play that chord, then “jump back” to it’s V7, then return to the original chord.

For the first chord of the piece Ted wrote:  “Slide into this chord (from below)”
Also, “Optional:  Slide into the 2nd chord too, of many of these phrases.”
A few other places he indicated to “slide” into certain chords.

This study is in F#, and the basic progression is:

||  F#7        |  B7                 |  F#s7            |  F#7                    |

|  B7          |  Bm7    E7      |  F#7    B7   |  A#m7   D#7       |

|  G#7        |  G#m7  C#7   |  F#7    D#7  |  G#7     C#7       ||

Below are a few suggestions for fingering some of the chords:
Measure #1:     Play the C bass note on beat 4 with either your 2nd finger or thumb.  Try to sustain the F#7 chord.

Measure #2:     Finger the C13 to B9 as follows:  1,2,1,4  to  1,2,1,3 then use your 4th finger to play the C bass note on beat 4.  Again, sustain the B9 chord.  Use this same fingering for measure #5, but this time the 4th finger reaches to play the C# on the 9th fret.

Measure #6:     For the Bm11 chord try to slide into the E on the first string.  Play the open sixth sting E as a ghost note very briefly just before playing the B7 chord.  If you decide to play the C# bass note over the E9 chord, then you’ll need to finger the E9 as:  1,2,2 then reach over with the 4th finger to get the C# on the sixth string.

Measures #8 - #9:        Finger the G#13(b9) as:  1,1,2,4,3 then lift the 4th finger and reach over to play the D# bass note on the fifth string. 

Measures #9 - #10:      Finger the G#m11 as:  2,3,4,1 then lift the 2nd finger off the G# on the sixth sting  (or roll it over) and play the C# on the fifth string.  Now hold that chord and lower the 2nd finger one fret to play the C note.  Sustain if you can.  When you go to the C#7 chord your 4th finger will stay in place, the 3rd finger will slide down one fret, and the first finger will reach over to play the E# on the sixth string.  This is very simple, but smooth move.  Play a hammer-on for the F#7 for a nice bluesy sound, and then reach the 4th finger over to catch the D bass note. 

The voicing of the G#9 in measure 12 is what Ted often called a “Gershwin” chord.  Catch the C bass note any way you like, but try to set yourself up for the C#13 chord that follows.  Now, play the E# bass note and do it all over again, or end on some kind of F#7.

Learn to play the piece slowly at first, then when you feel comfortable pick up the speed a bit, perhaps playing the chords with some different syncopation.

* Here’s 3 links to a private lesson on YouTube of Ted with Brian Totten talking about the blues. 
In segment # 7, 8, and 9 they review Ted’s "Walking Bass Jumpback Blues" in the key of F# page.

Also check out Tim Lerch’s videos on YouTube demonstrating this and other Ted Greene lesson material. (Thanks Tim!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUCBIyN_cIk


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