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I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water


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Hi Folks,

This week we work on the intro for "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water" which is a cool intro with an early jazz and blues vibe. The blues of the 20s and 30s often had intros and cool chord progressions and this is just that type of song. Alluding to the styles of Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang here we work on the single string style intro here which includes double timing and a touch of chord melody. Its a fun song to play and I hope you all dig playing it.

Enjoy!

Duke

 

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
Lou Rawls

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Loop 0:00 Intro To Lesson

Loop 2:08 Breakdown of Intro

Loop 7:45 Practice Loop of Intro

 

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Loop 8:25 Closing Thoughts

 

 

 

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 22, 2016

Wow Larry, That's great beautiful arrangement of the verse. That's a fabulous example of how to play it finger style! Now my only suggestion would be, on the intro where it double times that line on the A7th chord you could play a finger picking non-double timed figure which will be easier to get through the change there in the proper time. As it is terare a few extra beats where that double time line is. It's a beautiful way to play it though Larry. Good job! Duke

Larry Parker
Larry Parker May 22, 2016

Duke, thanks. I appreciate the help. I'll definitely take your advice and rework the A7 line. .Larry

Larry Parker
Larry Parker May 22, 2016

This is my first audio (or video) post. Duke mentioned this song could work as fingerstyle. I started working on it yesterday morning; here's what I have so far: Duke's intro plus a chorus played fingerstyle. it's not quite up to speed yet and still a lot to do on it. But, I'd appreciate any feedback.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 22, 2016

Sounds very pretty to me, Larry! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 21, 2016

Hey Duke! So, here's what I came up with. Such a pretty intro!

 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 21, 2016

To Scott Sorkin aka Mr. Transcriber: I owe you a debt of thanks. I've been knocking my brain out trying to figure out how to play Duke's part over my track and I just could *not* fit those notes in until I saw that you had transcribed it as having a bar of 5. I just counted it, and you are absolutely right; Duke's beautiful part puts in a bar of 5! 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 22, 2016

Sounds great Bruce. And yes! Absolutely thanks to Scott for figuring out what I do there. Lord knows I don't know! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 22, 2016

Ha! ;) I remember reading once, don't know if it was apocryphal or not, that some guy went up to Charlie Parker after a gig and handed him some notation paper filled with runs of 64th notes and Charlie handed it back to him saying, "I can't play this." and the guy said, "This is what you played last night, I transcribed it." 

Anyway, thanks as always, Duke! 

Paul_T
Paul_T May 21, 2016

I picked up a Cats and the Fiddle recording years ago back in the LP days. I've never lost my taste for them. Glad to see they are represented here.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 22, 2016

Yes Paul, They are great and that particular style of blues and swing is all but lost nowadays. I try my best to help keep it alive. music has no expiration date.if its good it should always sound good. It's just trends and peer pressure that make people thik it's not of value. Duke

 

stevieboy
stevieboy May 20, 2016

Congrats on the award!  I missed the album altogether, I'll be checking it out for sure.

It's tough enough to try to learn to play guitar like Duke Robillard, I hope you're not expecting us to sing like Lou Rawls too!

 

My first hearing of this song was BBs great version.  But of course that's not what this lesson is about.  So time to grab the acoustic.

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 22, 2016

Yes Stevie, BB did a great version of it also. For some reason everyone ignored the original melody. maybe thinking it was too old fashioned. Which is what I love about it! LOL, Duke

 
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