Posted by Mike Cramer on 1:39 PM

One of the tunes we've covered in the Swing Jam at All 12 Notes has been the classic Sweet Georgia Brown. This tune is a great vehicle for some hot pickin'.

Soloing Tip

The tune is primarily made up of Dominant 7th chords. A common chord scale for the Dom. 7th chord is the Mixolydian scale. The Mixolydian scale is nothing more than a major scale with a lowered 7th. The formulas is: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7 8.

Take a D7 and record yourself playing the chord. Now that you have a practice track try playing the D Mixolydian scale over the D7 you just recorded. Listen to how the notes of the scale fit with the chord.

Reference Recordings

Below you'll find 10 different recordings of Sweet Georgia Brown. Taking ideas from recordings is great ear training and it will help you develop vocabulary that you can use to create your own solos.



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