JC Papa
JC Papa Aug 18, 2013

Floating Bridge (Sleepy John Estes) - particularly like the Eric Clapton (Another Ticket) and Gregg Allman (Low Country Blues) versions.

Mark Rhodes
Mark Rhodes Aug 29, 2013

"Back at the Chicken Shack" (Jimmy Smith, with Kenny Burrel on guitar) is a fun "greasy" blues in F. Sure you know it. Think many of the members would enjoy playing it, and I can tell you dig Mr. Burrell. (Sounds like a song title! That or, "Can You Tell I Dig Kenny Burrell?") Organ-trios have generated so many great records that allow guitar players to use double stops, bluesy licks, and some jazzy voicings.

Tony_D Aug 31, 2013

I've gotta say I am really enjoying the Freddie King stuff, thanks a lot. For a future lesson, how about a Guitar Slim tune, like "Letter to my girlfriend"? I also like Clarence Gatemouth Brown a lot, perhaps okie dokie stomp?

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Jul 07, 2014

I second the request for okie dokie stomp. It is the quin essential Gatemouth tune. IMO.




Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 07, 2013

Hi Guys, All your song suggestions are great and I will add them to my list. Thanks! Duke

Anthony De Cicco
Anthony De Cicco Jan 25, 2020

Duke,  I'm a new member and I would realy love to see a lesson on "I will always be in love with you."  (I think that's the title...) In any case, I know you performed this song as a blues and it's great...Love to see the lesson... Thanks . Anthony De Cicco

Douglas Irwin
Douglas Irwin Sep 24, 2013


All I can say is everything you put up for all to learn is exceptional for my taste. A good variety, genre, and taste. So you just keep teaching and I will keep on learning and trying to spread the word to all guitarists I know. 

Doug Irwin

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 13, 2017

Just seeing a lot of new requests and many good ideas. I will make note of all of them. Duke

Paul_T Oct 30, 2013


I want to suggest 'Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You'. I've loved the tune every since I heard on a Hot Lips Page LP years ago. There are some great versions out there: yours, Kenny Burrell's, and the King Cole Trio with Oscar Moore.



Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 31, 2013

Hi Paul, Those are my favorite versions of one of my favorite songs so you can count on that! Duke 

guy carlson
guy carlson Nov 15, 2013

Merry Christmas baby- Charles Brown & Johnny Moore

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 16, 2013

Hi Guy, Merry Christmas Baby is a good one. And appropriate too! Great guitar on the original version! Duke  

john Lethbridge
john Lethbridge Nov 30, 2013

Hi Duke


How about "Aint got nothin but the blues" by the other duke




John Lethbridge


Michael Hattem
Michael Hattem Dec 14, 2013

How about "I'll Always Be In Love With You?"

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 14, 2013

That's a good one Michael! Duke 

Perry Gray
Perry Gray Jan 09, 2014

Hi Duke,

Would love to have a lesson and breakdown of your tune "Too Hot to Handle". Love it!  :)

Just new to Sonic Junction and I'm lovin' it.

Cheers man,


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 10, 2014

Hi Perry, That would be a good one and a natural for me. I'll put it on the list! Duke

Marty Perry
Marty Perry Jan 12, 2014

Hi Duke,


How about a lesson for "You'd Better Change Your Ways" from your album: Swing.



Jim Fraley
Jim Fraley Jan 14, 2014

Hi Duke,

I would like to second Perry's request for Too Hot to handle.

I am also new to Sonic Junction and lovin it.

Thanks so much.


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 14, 2014

Hi Jim, Welcome aboard. Yes "Too Hot To Handle" is on the docket. Thanks, Duke 

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Jan 19, 2014

Hi Duke.  Awesome show in Natick!  It was fascinating to hear you perform so many songs from the lessons.  Having tried to play them myself added so much to the experience of listening to you play them.

How about Avalon a future lesson?  That was a really cool tune.

Thanks again for the lessons, and the performances


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 27, 2016

Good idea Peter! Avalon is on my list.  

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 21, 2014

Hi Peter, Thank you! You have formally introduced yourself. You did mention you were a student here but I was on my way out to the CD table and it was very crowed. Thanks for coming, Duke

Sunny Ali Yenen
Sunny Ali Yenen Feb 07, 2014

Mr. Robillard, please consider showing, When your Lover has Gone. It's my personal favorite of yours (Especialy love your vocals), besides being an amazing standart. I think somehow I feel I have to get you to agree.

chuck gillis
chuck gillis Mar 02, 2014

Hi Duke, one of the first songs I wanted to play when I started this guitar journey was "Kansas City" wilbur harrison version.  Have got chords etc, but can't seem to get a solo that sounds right.  If possible, maybe you could add this one at a later date.



Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 02, 2014

Hi Chuck, sure Kansas City Wilbert Harrison style works for me. I love the guitar solo on that. It has to be a Telecaster! Duke 

Vinny Apr 02, 2014

Duke - I'm very into the early Chicago stuff - and if Eddie Taylor never got enough credit (he produced all the classic blues recordings at VJ records) Luther Tucker gets even less.  I think he's a great soloist and would like to see a lesson covering his style which I think took Eddie Taylor a step further.  Maybe "Mean Ol World".  Hard to find much video on him, most of it is with Eddie Taylor but great Chicago licks. 

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Jul 07, 2014

Don't forget Dave and Louis Myers


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 27, 2016

Luther Tucker and Eddie Taylor are two of my favorite blues guitarists. Got to play with Luther and I ever gave him a blue strat like the one he played with James Cotton. Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 09, 2014

 Vinny, Eddie Taylor and Luther Tucker are two of my absolute favorite blues guitarists. Both have influenced me greatly before I even knew who they were. In the 60s they never showed who the players were on the album on the covers. So for years I was learning Eddie Taylor licks off of Jimmy Reed records and Luther Tucker licks off of Sonny Boy 2 records along with the verve James Cotton records which featured Luther without knowing who I was copying! I have a funny story, I was touring in the late 80s with Kim Wilson's Blues Explosion and Luther and I were the guitarists. One night during a solo did that fast picking thing that Luther did on Sonny Boy records. A little later Luther did the same thing only much better and I then realized it was him I stole that lick from. I didn't play that lick for the rest of that tour, believe me! I gave Luther a blue Stratocaster during that tour that looked like the one he played with James Cotton. He was moved to tears and I was happy he appreciated it so much. Years later some guys who played with him often in California thanked me for giving him that guitar. They said when he broke a string on a gig he would play the rest of the night with 5 strings! So they were very happy he had a second guitar to play that had 6 strings on it. LOL! 

Vinny Apr 09, 2014

Wow, what a fantastic story - I have seen some video and read some things about him playing in California and apparently he was just barely getting along playing in bars - I'm sure he did appreciate that guitar.  What a moment though when he played the lick you copied.  What an experience too, to get to play with him.  The first time I saw him in a video playing with Eddie Taylor I was just blown away by the elegance and expressiveness of his playing - fast too - but not just a lot of fast notes.  I'm going to have to go back and listen to those Sonny Boy 2 and James Cotton records now that I know he's playing on them.  It's funny, you can listen to a lot of those old records and you hear the guitar work and say - wow - that is great - who is that?  These guys have a whole range of riffs that, to me, just define electric blues guitar. They did not do ten minute solos but you always remember the songs.  I played sort of an intermission acoustic set a couple of years ago at a concert that was all blues - not Clapton and Buddy Guy - but another tier down of headliners and a big outdoor crowd -- and they all played a ton of notes, very fast, above the 12th fret, 15th fret, all the way up the neck -- but I can't actually remember any song.  They would introduce a song - "this is my favorite blues song", sing one verse and then it just sounded like every other song they played.  I saw Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker play in a small club in the 70's in Detroit - about fifty people there - they played all night -- must have been five or six sets -- alternating -- and I can still remember individual songs -- Waters had been in a motorcycle accident and was actually on crutches - and still did impecable sets -- with that incredible band, the most professional performance I have ever seen in my life -- Hooker got too drunk to play the guitar about 2:00 am and sat on the edge of the stage and clapped - he was still great though.  Luther Tucker, to me, retained all the great classic sound that preceded him but took it technically another step.  One of those guys you hear and say - yeah - if I could just play like that -- would be enough.  You have the great Eddie Taylor lesson, but would be great to put together something that emobies Luther Tucker's contributions. He was extremely under appreciated. To me, when his fingers started roaming that guitar it just took the song to a whole different level.  I would have loved to see the look on your face, though, when Tucker played that riff.

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