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For this lesson we are going to learn the head for "Cookin."  It's based on the pentatonic blues scale but has a few twists to it in the single string melody part with a few 6ths thrown in.  It's a bit of a nod to Albert Collins in places. You with find the 5 change interesting I think.  I have a funky song called "Fishnet" where you actually solo over those same changes on the 5 chord section. That can be a lot of fun! Enjoy.

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
roots

Print Print Chords & Tab

The intro riff is 3:27 to 3:48 loop intro @ 3:27

$1./3 $2.6 3 $1.3 $2.6 3 | $3.5^ 5 3 5 3 $4.5 3 5 |

with the 13th walkdown we learned last week.

The first riff is loop 1st riff @ 6:06

$5.7 $4.5 $5.7 $4.8p5 | $5.7 $4.5 $5.7 $4.8p5 $5.7 $4.5 $6.6h7 |

The four chord riff is 7:18 to 7:40 loop 4 chord riff @ 7:18

$5.7 $4.5 $5.7 $3.7 $4.8 |

To practice the whole intro slowed down loop whole intro slow @ 10:18 The V chord riff before the chromatic walk down is

$5.5 6h7 $4.5 7 |

The new riffs on the second part of the head  (abbreviated without the chords) are

$5./7 $4.5 $5.7 $4.5 $3.3h4 | $5. 5h7 $4.5 7 8\7p5 $5.7 $4.5 $6.6h7 |

To practice the whole intro at tempo loop whole intro at tempo @ 13:30



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Jimmy Adler
Jimmy Adler Jan 12, 2015

Thanks for sharing the secret 13th chord run down in "Cookin'".  I remember getting this inside the Guitar Player Magazine back in about '84 and really loved the groove but could never figure out that exact 13th chord chromatic run down.  Again, thank you for taking the time to share your expertise ans shed light on many of these mysteries.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 25, 2014

Hi Jim, Sounds good! You have the right feel on the chords and the melody sounds good also where you play it. Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 21, 2014

Hi Jim, Very good job there! you were smart to slow it down a bit, I can't even play it at the tempo of the record anymore. Keep it up! Duke

Jim Fraley
Jim Fraley Jan 19, 2014

I think I'll take a stab or two at the intro to cookin...

 

Jim Fraley
Jim Fraley Jan 24, 2014

Hi Mike,I just wanted to touch base and try something new for me, that is send an audio attachment of a very brief

audio done on my apple garageband musicaltyping keyboard with the help from an apple genius. By the way I saw your backyard rag vid. the other day.Dynomite!!! Can you tell me more about the open mike? Peace

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 16, 2012

That's why I play it on a strat guys. On the Guitar Groove a Rama version I use a Rickenbacker Ithink the model is a 361? It's a hollowbody with a thin fast neck which helps a lot!

Roger
Roger Jan 16, 2012

Thanks Mike and Duke for your kind comments. Posting the first video for everyone else to see was very stressful, but also a very enlightening way to critique my own playing that I had not previously experienced. Great tool.

Mike - yes I have smaller hands also and do not try to use my thumb very often - it usually just doesn't work for me. On a different note I discovered last night while working on lesson 3 that it is easier to play Cookin closer to the tempo of Duke's recordings on my strat rather than my epiphone. I think probably my strat just has a "faster" neck due to the setup. It seemed to make a big difference for me on this particular style.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 15, 2012

Hey Roger, Very good. Your execution is very good on something that has become a bit of a pain for me to play at this point in my career. It seems though I am improving in more harmonic ways while at the same time losing a bit of my co-ordination due to various age related issues so it is good to see you picking up on some of the, not so easy, fast movements taht are required to pull off even the head of "Cookin'". Good job and keep up the good work.  

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 15, 2012

Hey Roger ... GREAT !!  I saw your video last night and it got me practicing Cookin' for an hour.  I dropped the thumb on the 13th chord as Duke suggested .. and I noticed you were doing and things started to flow much better for me.

This is going to be a challenging tune .. but a lot of fun.  Always gives me energy to see fellow blues mates on the journey together!

Nice guitar too!

Roger
Roger Jan 15, 2012
Hi Duke. Sorry for the technical difficulties. Thanks to Mike my Cookin' video is now up. Looking forward to your feedback. Thanks!
Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 14, 2012

Hi Duke .. great advice ..

"Each player should pick what works for himself and use that. Lester Young, one of my all time favorite musicians, once said; A musicians style is made up of his limitations as much as his ability.  I feel that is extremely true and what we choose to do is often made up of things we come up with because of what we can't pull off. In that effort to play something like what we want to play we come up with our own individual style."

.. some of the best I've ever gotten, and makes perfect sense.  Probably more broadly true for life as well.  Thanks!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 14, 2012

Hi Mike, The thumb thing doesn't work for everyone. It's just an added little accent, certainly not needed for the groove or part. A lot of my little tricks or accents are just a small part of some of my overall lessons. Each player should pick what works for himself and use that. Lester Young, one of my all time favorite musicians, once said; A musicians style is made up of his limitations as much as his ability. I feel that is extremely true and what we choose to do is often made up of things we come up with because of what we can't pull off. In that effort to play something like what we want to play we come up with our own individual style. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 14, 2012

Hello Roger, The first time I tried to watch your video it wouldn't play for me. Now it appears to be deleted. Would love to see it. Duke

Roger
Roger Jan 13, 2012

 

Here's my first attempt at video.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 11, 2012

Hi All,

I have small hands and am having trouble with the 13th chords where you wrap around your thumb.  I can kind of play them with the same fingering as Duke .. but am also experimenting with skipping a finger and playing the highest note with my pinky.  

Is there anyone else out there that is having the same issue .. and has found a solution?

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 08, 2012

You got it Mike, Call and response is an important part of the blues and jazz also. I will inclued some of this in up coming lessons.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 08, 2012

Hi Duke .. love the lesson!  Couple reasons .. first, I like that the licks are using a part of the fretboard I rarely play on .. so it's great to get more comfortable in this area and also learn about what you can create with hammer-ons and pull-offs around here.  

Second, I just really love the call and response between the licks and the chords.  There's something about these type of lines that just really resonates with me.   I would personally like to learn more of these type of phrases .. maybe around some BB 6th and 9th chords.

 
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