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Bobby Bland Artist Study > Rhythm

Hello Folks,

This week we are starting a new tune and it's a killer blues! Bobby Bland's "I Don't Want No Woman" which was also recorded by Magic Sam. It's one of the best examples of urban single string blues guitar and we start out by learning the shuffle rhythm guitar part. The real shuffle rhythm or flat tire as it's after referred to as a drum beat is totally effective here on this song. It promises to be a fun one so get that shuffle rhythm going and next week we learn the first chorus.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Breakdown of Rhythm

Loop 9:54 Rhythm Practice Loop


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 12:40 Variations and Closing Thoughts






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Wieger Sietsma
Wieger Sietsma Jul 17, 2020

Looked up the Bobby Bland recording: it is on the Duke label!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 12, 2020

Thanks Charlie, Goona be a good un!

charlie Jul 06, 2020

Awesome! Can't wait to dig in!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jul 04, 2020

Wow! I can't believe I never heard this one before, that guitar work is amazing and what tone he's got. What kind of guitar/amp do you think he was using? I found this picture -- it looks kind of like a Tele style headstock that's been painted black, but with inlay on the neck. Bobby and the trumpet player are sure diggin' what he's playing. 


Marty Perry
Marty Perry Jul 04, 2020

Hi Bruce,

The combination of the painted headstock and the block inlays make me think that guitar might be a Fender Coronado II.
Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jul 04, 2020

It sure does look like it, Marty, except that Hollimon left Bland's group in 1959, 7 years before the first Coronado II was made. Maybe I'm wrong about that picture being Clarence. [ pausing while Bruce does some research ] -- Yup, I was wrong about this being a picture of Hollimon. This picture appears to include guitarist Wayne Bennett, who played with Bland sometime after Hollimon. So you are probably correct about the guitar. It's a great picture, though. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 12, 2020

That is one cool shot!

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