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Route 66, or “(Get Your Kicks On)Route 66” is a blues written by Bobby Troup in 1946. Nat King Cole recorded it in the same year of its composition, leading many musicians to cover it as well. The tune refers to the U.S Route 66 highway which begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California. The piece is not only played in jazz, but has been used throughout rock, pop, blues, country, and many other genres, leading it to become a well recognized theme in American music. This is a common vocal piece, and is played in many different keys. The play-along is in the key of F.

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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."


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