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Blues A Rama


Muddy Waters

Blues A Rama Lesson 1 is Duke Robillard's tribute to Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rodgers. In this lesson, Duke gives you an overview of early electrified Chicago blues.  Duke talks about both how to play the style, the key licks in Duke's solo and also how to get the signature Chicago blues tone.

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Blues
key of E
Muddy Waters
Duke Robillard
Chicago Blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:43 Breakdown of Muddy Waters Style 

Loop 5:04 Run-Through of Blues A Rama Muddy Waters

 

Download the Sheet Music PDF

 

Loop 5:04 Practice Loop of First Chorus of Solo

Loop 6:15 Practice Loop of Second Chorus of Solo

Loop 7:08 Backing Track

 

 

 

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Neil Boland
Neil Boland Jul 20, 2020

I love the Guitar Groove-A-Rama album, Duke! Hey, slightly unrelated question, and I hope you don't mind: I just discovered an album of Percy Mayfield songs by Johnny Adams called Walking on a Tightrope. And I see you in the credits with some other amazing musicians. I'm in Australia, and I would love to know where I'd find a CD copy of it. I've checked Rounder's websites and those records seem to be few and far between there, too.

 

Cheers! Loving the lessons. :)

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Aug 03, 2020

Hi Neil, I would try Amazon or eBay for that recording. It's quite old and most likely not in print anymore but you can probably find a used copy online. It's a good one! 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Aug 03, 2020

Hi Neil, I would try Amazon or eBay for that recording. It's quite old and most likely not in print anymore but you can probably find a used copy online. It's a good one! 

Bruce D.
Bruce D. Feb 02, 2018

Hi Duke - here's a take on Blues a Rama- Muddy Waters, a work in progress. Thanks for a great program.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 19, 2018

Hi Bruce, That sounds fabulous Bruce. You really nailed it. Keep up the good work! Duke 

doch910tl@gmail.com
doch910tl@gmail.com Jan 27, 2017

Hi Duke, I am new to sonic junction. Couldn't resist this MW tribute. looking forward to learning from you. 

 

 

Guitar Dave
Guitar Dave Jan 27, 2017

Hey Doc,  Duke's Muddy/SJ lessons are tops.  Duke's response to my guitar/ amp tone question put me one step closer to Muddy's sound.  Welcome to SJ,  nice clip of your muddy jam. 

fellow student Dave

Cheers!

doch910tl@gmail.com
doch910tl@gmail.com Jan 30, 2017

Thanks for your response Dave. I'll check that out at some point and turn the amplifier on next time! 

Cheers!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 14, 2017

Hi Doch, Welcome to sonic junction. You sound great! Really good fluid feel and timing. very relaxed.... Duke 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 19, 2018

Hi Doc, Welcome to the club! Thanks for joining us and by this video I must say you are a great addition to us! Very good performance here. Your really got everything there was to get out of that lesson! Duke 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Aug 03, 2020

Hi Doch, Welcome to Sonic Junction! You sound great here. And I like the guitar! Duke 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 27, 2015

Hello Russell, You just need a small amount of knowledge of chords and time as related to measures or bars. There are severl books that can teach you this or just a few lessons to give you basic chord technique. Or you may know enough of that now. I can't say with out hearing you play. thanks, Duke

Russell
Russell Feb 08, 2015

Hello Duke

How much knowledge of the guitar and music do I need to know in order to learn from these videos? Im not a total beginner but I'm not clued up on technical terms and have'nt branched out of standard chords, I know C9 etc etc and a few shell voicings.. but thats it.. 

Thankyou

Tom
Tom Oct 23, 2014

Well... I'm jus' havin' a little fun here... I hope y'like it...!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 27, 2015

Sounds good Tom! Duke

Tom
Tom Oct 23, 2014

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 16, 2012

Hi Bill, Well you saw the settings. I just leave it wide open on the tone and work it from the guitar tone knobs, that gives me all the options. Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 16, 2012

Hi Mike, Bare fingers make a great sound, I wish I could play everything that way..... duke 

Mike Anders
Mike Anders Sep 15, 2012

Nice touch! You certainly get a different sound when using bare fingers rather than a pick. I need to try that.

Bill
Bill May 02, 2012

Hi Duke,

   I noticed you have the low and high knobs all the way up on your Bad Monkey. Can you talk a little about how you like to set that pedal.I just bought one.

 

Thanks!

Bill

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 24, 2015

Hi Bill, Love the Bad Monkey. One pedal that sounds to me like a tube amp. yes I set the bass and treble all the way up usually. If I want a darker sound I turn the treble back a bit. As far as other settings it's really up to the individual.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 04, 2012

Hi Ron, Thanks, I will be doing more on the key of E Chicago style blues soon. Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 04, 2012

Bluesman, This would actually be a good next lesson so I will put key of E chicago blues variations on my list. Duke

Bill
Bill Mar 03, 2012

"Bluesman, I could will do a lesson with all my favorite Chicago blues licks in the key of E with different basslines turnarounds and solo ideas soon. "

 

Hi Duke,
   Will you still be doing this lesson?

 

Thanks

Rpurser
Rpurser Mar 03, 2012

Duke

 

Phenomenal lesson! I am from the South Side of Chicago...and always have struggled with this type of Low Down Blues sound. I can't keep up with the wealth of lessons you got on here!

 

RON

Bill
Bill Dec 20, 2011

Duke,
   I will definitely get your Lowdown and Tore Up CD. Your sound is the best man!

Bill
Bill Dec 20, 2011

Duke,
    Thanks! I'm definitely looking forward to that lesson!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 20, 2011

My "Lowdown and Tore Up" CD is #1 on BB Kings Bluesville Radio Show!!!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 20, 2011

Bluesman, I could will do a lesson with all my favorite Chicago blues licks in the key of E with different basslines turnarounds and solo ideas soon. 

Bill
Bill Dec 19, 2011

Thanks Mike! That will really help me.

 
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