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Hi Folks, By special request, we are doing Honky Tonk this month and I am very happy to teach one of the greatest solos ever recorded! This weeks lesson is the first two choruses of the song and the first lick of the solo for a teaser! I also show an alternate voicing for second chorus of double stops. Have fun with it and next week we will dig into the meat of the solo. Enjoy, Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
roots
Duke Robillard
Key of F
Honky Tonk

Print Print Chords & Tab

Background listening: Honky Tonk by Bill Doggett

loop @ 3:57 1st chorus breakdown

loop @ 4:05 1st chorus run-through

$6.1 $5.3 $6.1 $5.5 $6.1 $5.6 $6.1 $5.5 | $6.6 $5.8 $6.6 $5.10 $6.6 $5.11 $6.6 $5.8 | $6.1 $5.3 $6.1 $5.5 $6.1 $5.6 $6.1 $5.5 |
$6.1 $5.3 $6.1 $5.5 $6.1 $5.6 $6.1 $5.5 | $6.6 $5.8 $6.6 $5.10 $6.6 $5.11 $6.6 $5.10 | $6.6 $5.8 $6.6 $5.10 $6.6 $5.11 $6.6 $5.10 |
$6.1 $5.3 $6.1 $5.5 $6.1 $5.3 $6.1 $5.5 | $6.1 $5.6 $6.1 $5.5 $6.1 $5.3 $6.1 $5.5 | $6.8 $5.10 $6.8 $5.12 $6.8 $5.13 $6.8 $5.12 |
$6.6 $5.8 $6.6 $5.10 $6.6 $5.11 $6.6 $5.10 | $6.1 $5.3 $6.1 $5.5 $6.1 $5.3 $6.1 $5.5 | $6.1 $5.3 $5.1 $5.2 $5.3 |

loop @ 5:08 2nd chorus breakdown

I chord riff

$4.3 | $3.h2.$2.1 $3.2.$2.1 $3.3.$2.3 $3.3.$2.3 $3.5.$2.4 $3.5.$2.4 $3.3.$2.3 $3.h2.$2.1 $4.3 |

IV and V chord riff

$4.3 | $3.1.$2.1 $3.1.$2.1 $3.3.$2.3 $3.3.$2.3 $3.5.$2.4 $3.5.$2.4 $3.3.$2.3 $3.1.$2.1 $4.3 |

loop @ 7:12 alternative for the V and IV

loop @ 7:48 secret organ low end version

$6.5.$5.3 $6.5.$5.3 $6.6.$5.5 $6.6.$5.5 $6.8.$5.6 $6.8.$5.6 $6.6.$5.5 $6.6.$5.5 |

loop @ 9:19 run through on the record

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 25, 2015

Hi Jean, Welcome to Sonic Junction! The first rule is that there are no rules really. Whatever works for you is fine. That being said, There is a benefit in the long run to playing it straight without the capo in F. A lot of guitarists play it in E to avoid the issue. i'd rather see you play it in F with a capo myself. But making you fingers do it in F without the capo is good for stretching the fingers and, in a more general way, good for getting use to playing in the key of F first position. E flat is also a great key that many guitarists ignore because you have to learn other fingerings to get around well in it. But in the end whatever feels best and makes you happy is what's right. Duke  

jean michel
jean michel Apr 25, 2015

Dear Duke,

First lesson today! I really enjoy the way you explain the stuff...Honky tonk seems to be easy but it's still tricky for me!

I have to be able to play it wednesday, at our next rehearsal ! I 'm not really sure I'll be able...The pain is that our sax player will be rdeady, I know...

First question: are you radically against the use

of a capo to play in F ??? It's so easier for me...

 

Thanks for your answer!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 01, 2012

Hi Peter, Interesting idea! Duke

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Oct 30, 2012

Its really fascinating to compare Duke's lesson on "Honky Tonk" with Corey's lesson on "Running and Hiding"

The bass is obviously the same (except in E vs F), but the feel is so different.

I look forward to trying Duke's solo suggestions in "Running and Hiding", and Corey's ideas in "Honky Tonk"

Thanks to both of you!

P

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 29, 2012

Yeah Mike, That little inverted low part can be very cool in some applications. Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 29, 2012

Alright Todd, Welcome aboard! Duke

Todd Fitzsimmons
Todd Fitzsimmons Oct 29, 2012

Duke!! my hero!! I'm in.

Yay!

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Oct 26, 2012

I agree.  I'm definitely using the "secret" version at the next Blues Jam :-D

Thanks Duke!

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Oct 26, 2012

Love it Duke!  Especially that secret low end organ version ... that one is really cool!

 
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