Big City Blues – Swing – Beginner (Grade 1)

Big City Blues – Swing – Beginner (Grade 1)

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Big City Blues is a swing blues piano solo in F major for beginner players at about the Grade 1 (ABRSM) standard.

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Big City Blues is a classic 12-bar blues piano solo featuring swung quavers and the 'blue notes' (lowered third, fifth and seventh) of the F major scale:

A variation on the theme is presented in the second 12-bar blues section, in which you'll find the complete F blues scale in a descending pattern. To make these accidentals a little easier to coordinate, each hand moves separately.

Big City Blues walks along steadily at a 'street wise swing' tempo of 100 bpm. Keep an eye out for the articulations, especially the staccato notes at the end of phrases, as these will help the piece to 'swing'.

Learning to swing eighth note quaver rhythms is a skill that can take time to develop. For practice, try playing a C major scale in a swing style where each pair of quavers forms a tied triplet:

swing quavers

Saying "doo-be-doo-be-doo..." can also help you to get into the swing.

The sheet music for Big City Blues comes complete with three MP3 audio tracks:

  • Play-along backing
  • Slow-tempo practice backing
  • Performance

Additional information

Audio Downloads

Performance MP3, Playalong Backing, Slow Tempo Playalong Backing


Blues scale




Blues, Jazz Swing



Time Signature



Beginner (Grade 1)


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