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“Bag’s Groove” is a 12 bar blues written by the great vibraphonist Milt Jackson. “Bag’s” was Milt Jackson’s nickname.


It’s important to have a decent repertoire of blues heads in your tool belt. This is a great blues to know. The melody is simple and repetitive yet effectively sets up an attitude for improvising.


This tune is originally an F blues but can be played in any key.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. I heard many versions of this tune and every time the theme is "different". Furthermore the chord sequence doesn't seem to be the same as the play-a-long. I'm confused 🙁

    • Different musicians will have their own interpretations of the melody to give it their own twist. As for the chords, sometimes musicians will play the song in a different key, or they may even reharmonize some sections to change the colors up.


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