Duke Robillard

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Flying Home


Head

Hello Folks,

This week we are learning the head to "Flying Home." I teach the melody in two positions because I usually play it in the root position and I believe Charlie Christian plays it in a different position. Either way, it's whatever feels best or sounds best to your own ears. Both ways are pretty straight ahead and easy to finger. It's a great swinging head and although it's credited to Benny Goodman and Charlie Christian it obviously was conceived by Christian because it's so guitaristic! Anyway, it's an extremely fun song to play. I also demonstrate my introduction I use for the version I recorded with Herb Ellis. It has a nod to Illinois Jacquet at the end of it with the cool descending diminished lick into an ascending augmented lick which is an ultra cool sound.

Enjoy and keep the videos coming!

Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Swing
charlie christian
Duke Robillard
Flying Home
Benny Goodman
Lionel Hampton
Swing Guitar

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:50 Breakdown of Head

Loop 8:56 Run-Through of Head

$2.7 $2.h8 $1.6 $1. $1. $2.6 $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $3.8 | $2.7 $2.h8 $1.6 $2.7 $2.h8 $1.6 $2.6 $1. $3.8 $3.5 $1. $4.8 |
$2.7 $2.h8 $1.6 $1. $1. $2.6 $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $3.8 | $2.7 $2.h8 $1.6 $2.7 $2.h8 $1.6 $2.6 $1. $3.8 $3.5 $1. $4.8 |
$2.7 $2.h8 $1.6 $1. $1. $2.6 $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $3.8 | $2.7 $2.h8 $1.6 $2.7 $2.h8 $1.6 $2.6 $1. $3.8 $3.5 $1. $4.8 |
$4.5 $1. $4.8 $3.5 $1. $3.8 $1. $1. $3.6 $1. $1. $1. | $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. |

Loop 9:29 Bridge Double Stop Riff

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$4.6 $1. $3.5.$2.4 $1. $1. $4.6 $3./5.$2./4 $1. $1. $1. $1. $4.6 | $3.5.$2.4 $1. $1. $3./5.$2./4 $1. $3.5.$2.4 $4.6 $1. $3.5.$2.4 $1. $1. $1. |
$1. $1. $4.7.$3.8 $1. $1. $4.8 $3.7.$2.8 $1. $1. $1. $1. $4.8 | $3.7.$2.8 $1. $1. $3.7.$2.8 $1. $3.7.$2.8 $4.8 $1. $3.7.$2.8 $1. $1. $1. |
$1. $1. $3.7.$2.6 $1. $1. $4.8 $3.7.$2.6 $1. $1. $1. $1. $4.8 | $3.7.$2.6 $1. $1. $3.7.$2.6 $1. $4.8 $3.7.$2.7 $1. $3.7.$2.7 $1. $1. $1. |

Loop 10:13 Higher Position Head & Solo Ideas

Loop 13:19 Closing Thoughts

 

 

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Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 17, 2015

Hi Duke,

I'm finally around getting to this lesson! :-) I've been working very hard on getting the swing feel right, because I feel it's always been a problem for me, even on the piano. So I'll be anxious to hear what you think of this. Am I getting close?

Thanks,

Bruce

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 10, 2014

Hi Steve, Very good. Don't worry about the mistakes toward the end you got the most important part; you swing! I like the way you play the 2nd bar of the riff by sliding into it, it really swings! 

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder May 10, 2014

I just had to use my trusty L5 for this. Again i seem to lose my concentration at the end. oops. Thanks to Mike I now know to upload the video rather than using the on board link. Cheers Duke, great stuff.

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder May 10, 2014

Tom K.
Tom K. May 09, 2014

Been listening all week  to you and Herb doing this . This is one cool tune . You gotta show us that great intro , Duke .

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 10, 2014

OK we'll do the intro also next week. Thanks! Duke 

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf May 09, 2014

Ooo!  I'd like to learn that Intro :-D

Thanks

P

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 10, 2014

You got it Peter! 

 
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