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Hello Friends,

This week we are starting on one of the coolest blues tunes of the 40s. I'm talking about Charles Brown's first big blues hit Driftin' Blues featuring Johnny Moore playing some of the silkiest blues guitar I've ever heard. I love the guitar on this recording and we will to sound the the man himself on this one.

First off, as always we start with a 4/4 rhythm guitar part with simple changes so you get the groove quickly.

Enjoy!

Duke

 

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
texas blues
Duke Robillard
Driftin' Blues
Johnny Moore
Charles Brown

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Loop 0:00 Introduction to Driftin' Blues Chords and Johnny Moore

Loop 1:25 Breakdown Intro and Driftin' Blues Chords

Loop 6:43 Run-Through Main Chord Progression

%7/2.X/X.6/1.7/3.X/X.X/X[E7] / / / | %5/T.X/X.5/1.6/2.X/X.X/X[A7] / / / |
%7/2.X/X.6/1.7/3.X/X.X/X[E7] / / / | / / / %6/T.X/X.6/1.7/2.X/X.X/X[Bb7] |
%5/T.X/X.5/1.6/2.X/X.X/X[A7] / / / | / / / / |
%7/2.X/X.6/1.7/3.X/X.X/X[E7] / / / | / / %4/3.X/X.2/1.4/4.X/X.X/X[Eb/A] %3/2.X/X.2/1.3/3.X/X.X/X[C7]
%2/2.X/X.1/1.2/3.X/X.X/X[B7] / / / | %2/2.1/1.2/3.2/3.X/X.X/X[F#m7] / %2/3.X/X.1/1.2/2.X/X.X/X[B7] / |
%7/2.X/X.6/1.7/3.X/X.X/X[E7] / %5/T.X/X.5/1.6/2.X/X.X/X[A7] / | %7/2.X/X.6/1.7/3.X/X.X/X[E7] / %7/T.X/X.7/1.8/2.X/X.X/X[B7] %7/T.X/X.7/1.8/2.8/3.X/X[B7#5] |

 

Loop 7:36 Breakdown of Song Form, Variations and Ending

Loop 13:40 Run-Through of Driftin' Blues - Full Song Form with Metronome

Loop 16:58 Closing Thoughts

 

 

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 19, 2015

Thanks Gabriel, The chart is correct now. I'm glad you are enjoying the tune. Duke 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Apr 18, 2015

Another error I've been meaning to mention is the last chord, which is labeled as a Bb7#5. It should be a B7#5. 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 18, 2015

Thanks Bruce.  You're right.  We've updated the chart.  

Gabriel Morelli
Gabriel Morelli Apr 17, 2015

Hi Duke. Thanks for a great lesson. I was looking at the chord progression you are playing and it seems to me that the written diagram doesn't seem to be aligned. I believe you are playing the Eb/A and the C7 later on the progression on the I and not on the IV. From C7 you go down to B7 and then you do a II IV turnaround...I might be wrong but I will follow what you are playing, which is right and beautiful! Txs,

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 18, 2015

Hi Gabriel --- thanks for letting us know.  You're exactly right.  We've updated the chart.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 21, 2015

Hi Gabriel, I will check that out. Thanks, Duke

Ian
Ian Apr 06, 2015

 I apologize for some minor mistakes to the progression, and can't wait to learn more of this piece.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 19, 2015

That's good Ian, let me point out when you do the decending chords E/B G dim the next chord should be B7 before going back to E7. Keep up the good work! Duke  

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Apr 05, 2015

So I know I'm jumping the gun, so to speak, but the solo was just so cool, I had to dive in! Pretty close, I think. I'm really trying to internalize the phrasing. 

By the way, that is a *great* photo of you with Muddy that you posted on Facebook! Do you have a higher resolution version of it? I'd love to print it out and put it up in my guitar room!

Anyway -- as always, anxious to hear any feedback on this effort. Thanks so much, Duke!

Best Regards,

Bruce

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 10, 2015

Wow Bruce, That's great! I'm very impresed that you figured it out so quickly! I only heard one little phrase you overlooked. Soon you'll be teacking me! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Apr 03, 2015

Hi Duke -

I"m very excited about the new lesson, because as a piano player, I've always loved Charles Brown. I'm going to make a piano backing track for myself to play along with. I'd be glad to upload it here in case anyone else might want to use it. 

Peter, I'm glad you pointed out the chord error, I was going to do that. I think I spotted a couple of other errors in the transcription, but I need to review that. 

Anyway -- thanks as always, Duke. I can't express what a difference it has made in my playing (and consequently my life) to study with you. In addition to being a truly wonderful musician, you are an inspirational teacher.

Best Regards,

Bruce

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 10, 2015

Thank you so much Bruce. That is a huge compliment to me and I am humbled that you feel that way. Thanks so much! duke

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Apr 03, 2015
%7/3.X/X.6/1.7/2.X/X.X/X[E7]

Hi Mike, I think you have a typo in the chord chart above.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 03, 2015

Hi Peter --- you're right.  Thank you.  I've updated the chart.

 
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