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This week folks we finish up Honky Tonk with the low string riffs behind the sax solo and the great ending chorus with it's stop time and off beat guitar finale. During the sax solo Billy switches to a great driving shuffle riff for a few choruses (possibly to relieve his left hand of the main part in F!) that elevate the groove before returning to the main rhythm part and the. The final chorus which is killer. The stop time break leads to the groovy and very tricky off time part that has to be one of the coolest double stop riffs ever played on guitar culminating in a blues line ending leading to an unlikely major 7th chord at the end! As a guitar piece this is an example of one of most perfect performances ever recorded. Sheer magic...... Enjoy, Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
roots
Duke Robillard
Honky Tonk
Billy Butler

Print Print Chords & Tab

Background listening: Honky Tonk by Bill Doggett

loop @ 0:11 low string riff

$6.0 $6.h1 $5./5 $6.5 $5.3 $5.5 | $5.0 $5.h1 $4./5 $5.5 $4.3 $4.5 | $6.0 $6.h1 $5./5 $6.5 $5.3 $5.5 | $6.0 $6.h1 $5./5 $6.5 $5.3 $5.5 |
$5.0 $5.h1 $4./5 $5.5 $4.3 $4.5 | $5.0 $5.h1 $4./5 $5.5 $4.3 $4.5 | $6.0 $6.h1 $5./5 $6.5 $5.3 $5.5 | $6.0 $6.h1 $5./5 $6.5 $5.3 $5.5 |
$5.2/3 $4./7 $5.7 $4.5 $5.7 | $5.0 $5.h1 $4./5 $5.5 $4.3 $4.5 | $6.0 $6.h1 $5./5 $6.5 $5.3 $5.5 | $6.0 $6.h1 $5.1 2 3 |

loop @ 4:56 final chorus

$2.1 $1.1 $1.1 $1.1 $1.1 $2.4 $2.1 $1.1 $6.1.$4.3 $6.1.$4.3 | $2.1 $1.1 $1.1 $1.1 $1.1 $2.4 $2.1 $1.1 $6.1.$4.3 $6.1.$4.3 |
$2.1 $1.1 $1.1 $1.1 $1.1 $2.4 $2.1 $1.1 $1.1 $1.1 $1.1 $2.4 $2.1 | $1.1 $2.4 $2.1 $3.4.$2.4 $3.3.$2.3 $3.1.$2.1 $3.3.$2.3 $4.3 $3.1.$2.1 $4.3 $5.3 $4.1 |
$4.3 $3.3.$2.3 $4.3 $3.1.$2.1 $4.3 $3.3.$2.3 $4.3 $3.1.$2.1 $4.3 $3.3.$2.3 $4.3 $3.1.$2.1

Transition out is

$4.3 $3./5.$2./4 $4.3 $3.3.$2.3 $4.3 $3.h2.$2.1 $4.3 $5.3 |

loop @ 6:59 ending with major 7th

$4.3 $3.h2 $2.1 $3.4 $3.3 $2.1 $2.3 $1.1 $1.3^ $2.3 $1.1 | $5.3 $6.1.$4.3.$3.2.$2.1.$1.0 |

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Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Nov 21, 2015

Like so many other guitar player's I've been playing this song for years but not neccessarily right. With these lessons i am that much closer. I still need practice, particularily on the turnarounds. 

Steve

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 18, 2012

Daddy Ray, Anything by Guitar Slim is fine with me!!! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 17, 2012

Hey Mike, Yeah, that line is a real groove! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 17, 2012

Hi Peter, Well THANK YOU! That's the spirit, any part of that solo is worth having in your arsenal for sure! Duke

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Nov 16, 2012

Woah! Awesome lesson Duke,

Thank you so much!

I don't know if I will ever be able to play it all at speed, but I'm going to keep practicing, and make sure to get a few elements down so I can reuse them in jams.

Thank you for the great series

P

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 16, 2012

Hi Duke ... I love the low walking riff ... I could sit back and play that for hours!!  

 
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