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For our next set of lessons we are going to explore the guitar style of Eddie Taylor. Eddie was one of my favorite Chicago blues musicians. He played and sang with great style and deep Mississippi roots. He's probably best known for his work with Jimmy Reed to most. His style was so complimentary to Jimmy's they became the ultimate blues guitar team, effortlessly blending their guitars in a way that seemingly became one. Throw in Jimmy's voice and rack style harp playing and you have perhaps the most instantly recognizable sound in modern blues history. When Eddie Taylor recorded his own material, it was much less lazy and quite a bit harder edged. His "Bad "Boy", "Big Town Playboy", Trainfare Home", "Looking For Trouble", and "Gonna Love You" are certainly among the best Chicago blues ever recorded in my opinion. His playing and singing always retained the sound of Mississippi while possessing the gritty feel of urban Chicago. Iconic guitarists from Keith Richards to Eric Clapton have made his licks part of their arsenals and soon, you will too! Lesson 1 will concentrate on signature riffs he played on Jimmy Reed records. So we don't need to spend a lot of time on rhythm. Most accompaniment is you basic Jimmy Reed shuffle rhythm so we can dig right into Eddies licks.

Enjoy! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
Chicago Blues
Eddie Taylor

Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 1:54 Jimmy Reed rhythm

loop @ 3:58 intro

$3./9 $1.9 $3.9 $3./9 $1.9 $3.9 $3./9 $1.9 $3.9 $3.\7.$1.\7 | $3./9 $1.9 $3.9 $3./9 $1.9 $3.9 $3./9 $1.9 $3.9 |
$3.\7 $1.7 $3.7 $3.6.$1.5 $3./9 $1.9 $3.9 $3./9 $1.9 $3.9 | $3.\7 $1.7 $3.7 $3.5h6 $4.5 $5.5 6 7 $5.7.$3.7.$1.7 |

loop @ 6:12 intro 2 (single line varation tab below)

$3.h6 $2.5 7 $1.5 7 /9 $1.5 $2.5 $3.7 $3.h6 $4.7 | $5.5 6 7 7 $3.7.$1.7 |

loop @ 7:35 chord fragment rhythm

$5.7 $4.5 6 7 $6.5 5 $3.7.$2.7 $3.5h6p5.$2.5 | $5.7 5 6 7 $6.5 5 $3.7.$2.7 $3.5h6p5.$2.5 |
$5.7 $4.5 6 7 $6.5 5 $3.7.$2.7 $3.5h6p5.$2.5 | $5.7 5 6 7 $6.5 5 $3.7.$2.7 $3.5h6p5.$2.5 |
$6.10 10 $3.12.$2.12 $3. 10h11p10.$2.10 | $6.10 10 $3.12.$2.12 $3. 10h11p10.$2.10 |

loop @ 10:19 intro 3

loop @ 12:07 signature lick

$2./5 $1.3 5 h5 3 $2.5 \3 1 $3.2 0h2p0 | $4.0 1 2 $6.0 $1.0.$2.3.$3.1

loop @ 14:00 chorus

loop @ 14:38 turnarounds




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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 18, 2014

Great Scott, Gotta check that out myself! 

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Dec 18, 2014

I went up on YouTube and found someone posted the entire CD of Eddie Taylor's "Ready for Eddie."  It's a must listen and elevated Eddie to my favorites list!  

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 14, 2014

Thanks Mark, Glad to have you aboard! 

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Dec 13, 2014

Duke, can you recommend one or more of Eddie Taylor's CDs to listen to?  With all the Blues music I'm carrying, I'm amazed I don't have him.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 13, 2014

Hi Mark, That is a budget Les Paul from a few years ago. Yes they are the stock P-90s. Glad you're enjoying the lesson! Duke

Mark Rich
Mark Rich Dec 13, 2014

Budget model hey, I suspect you could make a bit of fencing wire and a jam tin sound good. Best $19.95 I've spent in a while, will join up for the year after Xmas



Mark Rich
Mark Rich Dec 12, 2014

Speaking of tone, what are those pickups please?? are they P90's maybe ?? it's a Les Paul but can't get close enough to see exactly what they are

Very happy to find someone teaching Eddie Taylor, my ear is OK but much better watching you, especially for the finesse

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 02, 2013

Hi Scott, Sorry, not familar with Eddie Burns. Duke 

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan May 02, 2013

Don't suppose you know where Eddie Burns came in.  Just starting to learn names of these folks and looking for relationships between them.  I hang out with Rockin' Johnny, Minoru, and Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band.  They are looking for me to learn these moves so I can play when they are at the local bars.  I LOVE this music.  It's all I listen to now.

Congrats on your hookup with Bob Dylan!  Looking forward to seeing.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 01, 2013

Hi Bill, Thanks for joking us! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 01, 2013

Hi Scott, Welcome to the club! Duke

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Apr 29, 2013

Can't wait to get started with these lessons.  I been looking for a good teacher of this kind of Blues material.  Well, here it is.  Going to get a cup of coffee, my guitar, and jump right in. 

Bill Adkins
Bill Adkins Aug 06, 2012

Great stuff!  Thanks.  I look forward to your lessons each week.  


davidpotter Aug 04, 2012

This is great! been wanting to work on my Eddie Taylor / Chicago Blues been spendinging a lot of time on westcoast and swing stuff lately.

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Aug 04, 2012

thanks...the major 3rd licks are nice to add to my trick bag

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Aug 03, 2012

Love it DUKE !!  I'm having a ball with those chord fragments.  Just love the groove and sound of it.  Great, great lesson.  Thanks!

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