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Hi Folks, This weeks lesson is the head to Albert Collins Backstroke. It's a great shuffle to play at jam sessions and a lot of fun. We learn how to play it and still get that Albert sound in standard tuning. Also I play it with my thumb to get the real Albert tone. It's a great tune and I demonstrate how to play his style on the head here. There are little tricks that make it sound like his tone with muting, pull offs etc.

Enjoy! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Albert Collins
Duke Robillard
Backstroke

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Background listening: Ronnie Earl playing BackstrokeDuke with Albert Collins playing Frosty

loop @ 1:40 breakdown of 1st verse of the head

loop @ 5:11 slow run through of 1st verse

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$5.12h14 $4.12 $4.15^ $4.12 $6.13^ | $6.10 $4.12.$3.12.$2.12 $4. 10.$3.10h11.$2.10 | $6.10 $4.12.$3.12.$2.12 $4. 10.$3.10h11.$2.10 |

loop @ 5:50 breakdown of 2nd verse 

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$6.10 $4.12.$3.12.$2.12 $4. 10.$3.10h11.$2.10 | $2.10h12 $1.10 $1.13p10 $4. 12.$3.12.$2.12 $3.10.$2.10 | $2.10h12 $1.10 $1.13^ $1.10 $3.10h11 |
$6.10 $4.12.$3.12.$2.12 $4. 10.$3.10h11.$2.10 | $6.10 $4.12.$3.12.$2.12 $4. 10.$3.10h11.$2.10 |
$1.15^ $1.15 $1.13 $1.15^ $1.15 $1.13 $2.15 $1.13 $2.15p13\10 | $2.10h12 $1.10 $1.13^ $1.10 $3.10h11p10 |
$6.10 $4.12.$3.12.$2.12 $4. 10.$3.10h11.$2.10 | $6.10 $4.12.$3.12.$2.12 $4. 10.$3.10h11.$2.10 |

loop @ 9:00 rhythm 

loop @ 10:27 1st and 2nd verses of the head together

 

Backstroke backing track

 

 

 

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Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Feb 01, 2013

@Duke...it's only the first verse...I'm not very good in soloing...I've never tried to do it seriously as I'm focused on learning acoustic blues and for this reason I don't have an electric guitar...So for me vibrato, pull off etc are almost new things...for example...I've always been convinced that bending is a movement goin up while here you do it goin down too...If you have any suggestions even in very basic things like how to do a nice bending..vibrato etc...that would be really appreciated by me! :))

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 30, 2013

Hi Peter, Very good, you're gettin the groove now. Keep on keepin on! Duke 

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Jan 30, 2013

Hi Duke, here you go "one more time with feeling!" :-D

 

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Jan 29, 2013

Here's a slowed down version of the backing track.  Enjoy.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 29, 2013

Hi Mike, Yeah, Albert always loved to play in D. Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 29, 2013

Hi Tony, You sound good and have the right feel and good vibrato! Once my track is up try it again. really good start. I like you're feel. Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 29, 2013

Hi Peter, You got the notes but your track is a different groove. More of a straight R&R groove than a shuffle. Try it with my track when it's posted. The flow of the rhythm is important but it sounds cool with your rhythm also. Duke

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Jan 28, 2013

Why wait for Friday?  Here's mine now. 

Hope you're feeling better

P

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Jan 26, 2013

Alright!  A shuffle...  This I can do :-D

Tony_D
Tony_D Jan 25, 2013

Hi Duke, thanks for this one. Albert is one of my all time favorites! Listening my recording I notice my timing is off, which is my typical problem. I had to do the second verse twice and I keep forgetting the end of it and had to make something up for the last 2 bars of the second verse. 

 

 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 25, 2013

Hi Duke ... love the V chord riff!! Pure beauty.  

The head reminds me a bit of Lightnin Hopkins All Night Long.  I like the position on the I chord.  I don't play there much and it's fun to explore.  Thanks Duke!

 
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