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Hello Folks, the first lesson on my song "Cookin" is learning the chords and working on a organ style shuffle rhythm which actually is derived from the 20s dance "the Charleston" believe in or not. The first beat being on the 1 and the second beat being anticipated to create that rhythm that goes so well with a shuffle. The rhythm here is simple and just makes a nice pad for the soloist. Also the 13th chord voicings sound nice and can be introduced later in the solo to make it build. I have introduced the #5 also as a passing chord to the 4 chord here.

Enjoy! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Video of Duke and Jimmie Vaughan playing Cookin'  in 1987


The chords for the intro and first part of the walkdown are

%3/T.X/X.3/2.4/3.X/X.X[G7] %3/T.X/X.2/1.3/3.X/X.X[C7] %6/T.X/X.6/2.7/3.8/4.X[Bb13] %5/T.X/X.5/2.6/3.7/4.X[A13]
%4/T.X/X.4/2.5/3.6/4.X/X[Ab13] %3/T.X/X.3/2.4/3.X/X.X/X[G7]

The 13th chord walkdown in the head starts on D13 and ends on G13 .. skipping B13

%X/X.X/X.10/1.11/2.12/3.10/1[D13] %X/X.X/X.3/1.4/2.5/3.3/1[G13]

The chord forms for the V chord, flat 6th passing chord at 11:42 on the timecode and Amin at 11:46 on the timecode are

%5/2.X/X.4/1.5/3.X/X.X/X[A7] %3/T.X/X.3/2.4/3.4/4.X/X[Ab6] %5/2.X/X.5/3.5/3.5/3.X/X[Am]

loop run through @ 9:44 to practice the chords and progressions.


Finally, here's a slowed down (145bpm) backing track to practice along with and build the muscle memory for the chord forms.

To practice offline .. Download the Cookin' 145bpm backing track



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Jim Fraley
Jim Fraley Jan 18, 2014

Hi Duke,

Thanks so much for your comment, I really appreciate it. After a lot of indecision on my part,yesterday I got installed Apples new OSX Op. Sys. now I have new issues, now my MacBook is not working right with my Apex LED TV so it's back to Apple for me. Anyway, the first time I heard this tune and I heard those descending 13th chds I said whoa I'm in love with this tune, at that time I didn't realize how tricky the solos are, so I may be a little slow on follow - through , I might choose something a little easier.   Peace.

Jim Fraley
Jim Fraley Jan 13, 2014

Hey everyone, I keep hearing Duke asking us to send in videos,so I e-mailed Mike 

who told me How, so here it is. This is more about getting started, I really didn't

practise it enough.......There's no charge for my crash & burn ending...


Jim Fraley
Jim Fraley Jan 13, 2014

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 18, 2014

Hi Jim, Good start on Cookin! It's a great idea to play with a metrome. Timiming is everything as they say! Welcome to Sonic Junction, Duke

cesar Jun 06, 2013

Wow!Nice lesson..Brother Jack McDuff.. my parents have the New Boss Guitar of Geroge Benson record at home and i use to listen to it,and now i realize that this guy was on it.. I love this kind of information,thank you very much Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 17, 2013

Thanks Chris, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Duke

chris gill
chris gill Apr 17, 2013

Mr Duke!  on Jan 3 '12

You said "oh, well. What do you do?  

Well, maybe you two Blues Maestros could get in the studio and do it again and tell the Eng to keep it all!!! :-')

It's a real treat to learn from you and Sonic Junction!!

Thank You

Eric Beil
Eric Beil Jan 21, 2013

Hey Duke, it would be nice to have the backing track with a count in, instead of starting right on it.  Its hard to record the video with the backing track starting so quick.  I would like to do a video with the backing track you provided (which is great other than the quick start).

Your lessons are very inspirational and super cool.  You are a hero of mine so this is like heaven!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 20, 2013

Hi Eric, Good job on the rhythm for Cookin'. You've got the proper feel down! Duke 

Eric Beil
Eric Beil Jan 20, 2013


Vince White
Vince White Sep 07, 2012

wow that was amazing, was that the same chord progression at the end from "Fishnet"?  I gotta ask Jimmie about this one when I see him in a couple weeks, my band Idle Hands opens up for him at Canyon Club 9/27 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 12, 2012


bruno Feb 12, 2012

@mike - that Charleston video just made my morning.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 11, 2012

Thank you!

lterenzi Feb 10, 2012

Yeah... I really like this feel. I have even oplayed it on many tunes myself but it's ncie to step back from yourself a bit and hear it and dissect it and remember some of the little flourishes here and there. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 03, 2012

Hey Steve, You should have heard the out takes! The producer kept going over the same piece of tape to save money and all the best takes were erased! Can you believe that? What we ended up with was the worst take. All others were much better but Jimmie was missing the ending part of the arrangement and and the song was too long to even include the arraged ending. So all our best playing was lost. The alternate takes would have been historic! Oh well, what can you do? Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 03, 2012

Hey Greg, You found it! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 03, 2012

slim66, I do play the "Cookin" head in first position also. Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 03, 2012

Slim66 That is a Grestch 6120N which was called the NEW Nashville and issued in 2001or 2. It's got a block like a 335 and about that thickness and of course, a sharp cutaway. It is 17'' instead of 16 and it's a really deluxe guitar. It is already a rare model and a really good guitar. I guess they just didn't catch on but I think they are great!


Slim Jan 02, 2012


     What is the Gretsch you're playing in this lesson?  I have a 6120, and it doesn't have the sharp cutaway, or thick binding...


Steve Marinak
Steve Marinak Jan 02, 2012

I saved that plastic record for years.  Thank you for working on this one.  This is without a doubt my favorite recording of Jimmie Vaughan.  It's nice to see him work this arrangement and your styles are different enough to give it a dash of salt & pepper.  Jimmie's playing is a perfect example of "it's not what you say, it's how you say it", his tone and feel are spiritual.  Since it's not his composition I think he resorted to using those tools in his box in order to execute.  Duke you are spot on as well, the track of yours that opened up the heavens for me was T Bone Boogie, I studied that religiously and learned it note for note, slowing it down on a reel to reel tape back in the day since we didn't have all the fancy computer tools like the Amazing Slow Downer or transcription tools we have on PC's now.


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