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Swing and Lindy (Online) Practice Playlist

Posted on February 11th, 2011 by

NOTE: Unfortunately, it appears that the Grooveshark player is no longer working. Sorry for the inconvenience.

To further help those in our Swing and Lindy Hop classes, we’ve compiled a list of “online” songs for you to practice to. This playlist consists of songs we found available on Grooveshark and are playable via the widget on the right. Now all you have to do is setup your laptop near your practice space (or better yet, hook it up to your stereo) and and press play.

These songs were specifically selected because they have solid beats and steady rhythms. This is especially good for beginners. The tempos in the playlist are mixed, however, all the songs tend to be on the slower side so they should be easy to use for practice. Jump around in the list and find something that inspires you.

If you enjoy the music, be sure to pop by your favorite music service (or music store) and make a purchase. It’s good to support swing music! We’ve also compiled a list of suggested practice music specifically available on iTunes.

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Balboa (Online) Practice Playlist

Posted on February 11th, 2011 by

NOTE: Unfortunately, it appears that the Grooveshark player is no longer working. Sorry for the inconvenience.

In order to further help those of you taking our Balboa class, we’ve put together an “online” practice playlist. Now all you have to do is set your laptop next to your practice space at home (or even better, hook it up to your stereo) and press play on the widget on the right.

These are a list of songs we found on the Grooveshark service. We purposely picked songs that have a clear beat and a steady rhythm. This should make it easy for those starting out with Balboa to practice to. For the most part, the playlist starts slow and gets faster with each song you progress to.

If you enjoy the music, we encourage you to drop by your favorite music service (or music store) and purchase them. It’s great to support swing music! We’ve also compiled a list of suggested practice music that is available specifically on iTunes.

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Swing and Lindy Practice Songs and Playlist

Posted on May 6th, 2008 by

I put together the following song selections as a practice playlist for those learning swing and Lindy Hop for the first time. I know it tends to be a rather eclectic mix, but the goal was to pick some songs (available on iTunes) that have solid rhythms that are good for beginners and those in the learning process. I sorted them on increasing beats per minute (BMP) so you can start slow and build up in tempos. Given that as you get better, you can go much faster… but if you are looking for a “pushin’-the-tempos” playlist… well, I’ll build that later. 🙂

Artist & Name (iTunes Link) BPM
Fats Domino – Blue Monday 102
Robbie Williams – Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me 103
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Blue Angel 107
Indigo Swing – My Baby Just Cares for Me 111
Dion – The Wanderer 114
Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Williams – Smack Dab in the Middle 114
Amos Milburn – One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer 117
Wilbert Harrison – Kansas City 118
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five – G.I. Jive 120
Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five – Comes Love 123
The Andrews Sisters – The Lady from 29 Palms 124
Cab Calloway – Hey Now, Hey Now 124
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers – Big Fine Daddy 125
Indigo Swing – How Lucky Can One Guy Be? 129
Peggy Lee – The Boy from Ipanema 131
Kermit Ruffins – Can’t Take My Baby Nowhere 132
Roy Eldrige & Gene Krupa & His Orchestra featuring Anita O’Day – “Murder”, He Says 135
Indigo Swing – Red Light! 135
Peggy Lee – Fever 137
Count Basie – Shiny Stockings 141
Tommy Dorsey – Easy Does It 151
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers – Honey Pie 155
Lionel Hampton – Beulah’s Boogie 157
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Balboa Practice Songs and Playlist

Posted on March 19th, 2008 by

Here is a selection of songs available on iTunes that I put together for a practice Balboa playlist. While there are tons of great songs for Balboa out there, I selected these for their solid rhythm (good for learning and practice) and sorted them on increasing beats per minute (BPM) so you can start slow and up your tempos from there.

Artist & Name (iTunes Link) BPM

Artie Shaw – Begin the Beguine
141

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five – Gotta Do Some War Work
150

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five – Stuffy
152

The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra – Streamliner
155

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five – Squatty Roo
167

George Gee Big Band – Basie Boogie
167

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five – Grand Slam
173

The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra – Twelve Cylinder
189

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five – Hop Skip and Jump
191

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five – Bloodhound
213

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five – Cottontail
225
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