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In this series of lessons we are going to take a close look at Pee Wee Crayton's classic 1948 Blues guitar hit, "Blues Ater Hours."  In the second lesson we are going to look at the ending and turnaround to the second chorus of Blues After Hours.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
texas blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

The first lick starting on the I chord is

$3.5^ $2.3 $3.5^ $2.3 $3.5^ $2.3 | $1.5 $1.3 $3.4 $2.5 $2.3 $4.0 $3.5 $3.3^ $4.5 |

The turnaround riff is

$6.3 $5.2 5 4 3 $4.2 5 $3.3 5 3^ $4.5 3^ $5.5 |


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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 18, 2014

Hi Friends, Glad you all dig the Pee Wee lessons here. I had the great priviledge of meeting his wife at a festival in California where she and T-Bone's daughter Bernita saw my show and enjoyed it. What an honer that was!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 18, 2014

Hi Scott, Finally watched this. Great! Now I know where Junior Watson got all his his licks for his version of this! LOL!!!!

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Jan 17, 2014

Close your eyes and listen to this:  Classic Pee Wee Crayton sound


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 30, 2011

Hi Folks, This forum is a chance for me to stand on my little soapbox and talk about things that are important to me musically, besides answer your questions. So I will give you a little bit of my musical philosophy. There are so many ways to play the guitar and interpret music it can be hard to chose which path to follow. My advice, and the path I chose to follow, is to learn everything you can about the origins of the music you love and want to learn. I have consistiently explored new eras and styles of blues and jazz which has inspired me and kept my outlook on music fresh. Although I consider myself a lazy player, I suppose I am more prone to research and practice than ever, though my busy schedule doesn't allow for regular practice routines, I wish I had the musical curiousity I have now when I was younger. It's hard to imagine when you are young that your tastes will continue to grow so much as you get older! So I hope the information I am sharing with you inspires you to look beyond your current musical tastes and keep looking to the future. Music is the best way to keep your creativitity flowing and, I personally believe playing music keeps you young. This series is as stimulating for me as it may be for you. I realize as I do these lessons, that there is a lot of unique knowledge to share and i plan to be here for a long time! I would also like to mention that I have started up a new music label with several new exciting new releases scheduled for 2012. Our first 'Blue Duchess' release will be The Duke Robillard Jazz Trio and the album will be titled "Wobble Walkin." It will feature original compositions, swing era standards and blues. release date hopefully late March-early April. New lesson on "Cookin" coming right up!   

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 30, 2011

Thanks Marcus, Pee Wee had a lot of great tunes and a simple but soulful approach to guitar. I love" Texas Hop" also and may choose that one to teach also. I recorded it for my "Duke's Blue's" CD which is still my best selling Blues CD ever. It's a great jump blues tune and should be on the list. In fact, it is as of now! If you like raw and primitive blues guitar you should check out some of my other tracks on "Lowdown and Tore up," my latest blues CD. I may teach a few of them also because they represent the best of my Chicago and lowdon blues styles.

marcusnieman Dec 28, 2011

One of my favorite Pee Wee tunes of all time (well, it and Cool Evening). Well done Duke.... off to the woodshed.


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 28, 2011

Thanks, Rpurser. Blues after hours is a true classic blues guitar instrumental for sure

Rpurser Dec 28, 2011
Fantastic lesson Duke. I plan on digesting all of these you have on here. I have heard this song many times and always wanted to learn these changes. Beautiful stuff!
Bruce Todd
Bruce Todd Oct 31, 2011

These (Blues After Hours 1 and 2) are great lessons. I appreciate the backgound on Pee Wee Crayton, and Duke's patient teaching style. And there's a nice combination of sort of "normal" blues stuff, such as the T-Bone Walker/Chuck Berry C to D bends, along with unique touches, such as the way Pee Wee bent the 4 chord on the "sliding 6ths" riff, how he used the open D in the single note run, and a cool turnaround riff.

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