Duke Robillard

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Solo Lesson 1

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Rock Me Baby > Solo Lesson 1

Hi Folks, this weeks lesson is a solo on Rock Me Baby, BB King style. I start with the first lick from BBs original version then improvise a solo in his style from there. It's all in first position and next week we will go up to 2nd and 3rd position for another chorus. Have fun and send me some videos!

Enjoy, Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
B.B. King
Muddy Waters
Duke Robillard
Rock Me Baby

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Rock Me Baby background listening: B.B. King & Muddy Waters

loop @ 0:46 Introductory Thoughts

loop @ 2:14 Run-Through of First Course of Solo

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loop @ 3:01 Breakdown of First Chorus of Solo

 

Backing Track

 

 

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 09, 2013

Lizalu, Some players who like really high action actually do bend with their fingers under the strings on purpose! Pretty strange to me but it's a what ever works kind of thing. The melody line on BB's version is pretty much constant throughout the song. It's up to the individual players how they want to arrange it really. Keep up the good work! Duke 

lizaconstable@gmail.com

yeah, the bends were hard to get to the notes you called for, so I just did what i could. bending that far is new to me, so I'm trying to get some grace about it. Kept getting my finger stuck under the strings...gack! just a matter of being prepared positionally. Right? Easy!
Question: the melody riff, are we suppose to be able to solo over that? or is that only under the vocals?
thanks Duke for your encouragement, I'm having fun - this is the best kind of hard work

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 09, 2013

I meant plain G string!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 09, 2013

Hi Lizalu, Very good! You have a good feel and it can be hard to play that type of thing on a acoustic without a play G string. Great job, I enjoyed hearing you play it. Keep up the good work. Duke 

lizaconstable@gmail.com

 ok dammit if I try to get it better it only gets worse. but yeah, what fun, and thanks for the recording option. it makes me get it and not fake it. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 02, 2013

Hi lizalu, Just take your time and post a video when you feel comfortable with it. Duke 

lizaconstable@gmail.com

OY!! Imma week behind! the backing track is great help... damn but those notes come at a beautiful and relaxed timing. I'll try to get a video when it's... listenable. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 31, 2013

Hi Scott, Thanks, I'm glad you are enjoying the lesson. Yes, BB sure changed the world of blues guitar with his style. Rick guitar also! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 31, 2013

Hi Steve H, You sound great, nice smooth groove and good execution. Nice Strat tone also! Duke 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 31, 2013

Hey Peter, Sounds great. I like the way you are using these riffs and the tone is nice also! Duke

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Oct 29, 2013

Excellent lesson.  Some nice new tools for my bag.  Thank you.

Here's my drop

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Steve H
Steve H Oct 29, 2013

Guys,

  Here's my take. It's not perfect but seems to invoke the spirit of this style. My solos need more "major" sounding notes. Thanks for the pearls of wisdom Duke.

Thanks,

Steve

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Oct 28, 2013

Gosh Duke.  I remember craving to learn B.B.'s early guitar solos.  Makes for bliss listening to it.  Even better playing it.  This is the soul of the Blues. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 27, 2013

Thanks Mike, Yes, I agree, the click can help you understand the timing of each phrase much easier. I will use that more often or all the time possibly.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Oct 27, 2013

Beautiful Duke.  Just love those runs.  I agree with Rick, lot's of gems in this one.  

The click track is really helping me.  I'm trying to keep my foot going to the click while playing it.  

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 26, 2013

Hi Rick, Thank you, l am glad you dig it! Duke 

 
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