Chasing the Chords is Brian Jump’s blog and podcast covering music history, technology, and education.
Jump is a guitarist, teacher, and audio engineer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Music Technology from Duquesne University.
In January of 2020, Jump became the Assistant Professor of Commercial Music and Technology at Central State University, where he developed a certificate program focused on music technology, live-sound production, and commercial music.
From 2010 to 2019, Jump was an adjunct instructor of music at Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, he taught music technology, music history, and music theory while helping the college develop an associate’s degree in music technology.
In addition to teaching, Jump performs regularly on guitar. He specializes in pop music but has experience with many styles, including jazz, musical theater, and classical. Since 2021, Jump has been performing pop standards in the Dayton-Xenia region under the stage-name, Good Song Guy, the one-man, loop-sampling cover band.
From 2008 to 2019, Jump maintained a residency at Oliver Twist—a bar in the heart of Pittsburgh’s cultural district—as part of an acoustic duo specializing in commercial music.