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Romance in the Dark

First Chorus of Solo

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Romance in the Dark > First Chorus of Solo

Hi Guitar Friends, This weeks lesson is the first chorus of solo for "Romance in the Dark " we learn a few new chords and add double stops to build a bit more interesting background then start the first solo licks by repeating the last vocal melody line as an introduction to the solo.

Enjoy! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Duke Robillard
Romance in the Dark
32 Bar Blues
Lil Green
Big Bill Broonzy
Sunny Crownover

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 Romance in the Dark background listening: Lil Green & Dinah Washington

loop @ 0:00 Duke with Sunny Crownover.  End of last A section and first chorus of the solo

loop @ 1:27 run-through of solo (Duke only)

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Beginning of solo

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loop @ 2:11 breakdown of solo

loop @ 11:00 review and a couple run-throughs


Backing track with vocal by Sonny Crownover






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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 30, 2013

Hi Mattia,

You sound very good and I like the way you are blending the jazzier style chords with the more modern style blues playing. That works very well! 



mattia miglioli
mattia miglioli Apr 16, 2013

Grazie Alex, mi fa molto piacere leggere il tuo commento.L'audio è un po disastrato, purtroppo ero fuori sede, ma con l'ispirazione. ci vediam presto eseguiro il tuo consiglio!!! cheers


thanks Alex , i'm very happy in reading your comment. audio part is a lil bit bad because i was not in my studio,  i was travelling but with the right inspiration! see ya soon, i 'll follow yar suggestion, cheers!!!

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Apr 16, 2013

Mattia il video si sente a tratti!!!!cmq bello quel che si è potuto sentire...in certi momenti mi hai ricordato Django Reinhrdt! :))

Fatti vedere anche dall'altra parte...le lezioni di blues acustico sono molto belle e Corey è molto molto esigente! :)

Sorry guys for writing in Italian but once upon a time, when I find somebody coming from my country, it's nice to talk in our language of origin and well Italian is a nice language to learn too...as we had to learn English!!! :DD

mattia miglioli
mattia miglioli Apr 15, 2013

 Hi Mr.Duke!! I hope there is somethin good in my version ;)..great song and all the lp is fantastic.! you're always the best, ..hope you enjoy, see ya soon! Mattia.

stevieboy Apr 14, 2013

Thanks for the quick reply!  Yeah that makes sense.  I'm also thinking that a shortened version of it would work on the second measure of a 12 bar slow blues that has a quick change to the four.  


It's a great lick, and this series of lessons on this song is super.  (As are all of the lessons here.)

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 14, 2013

StevieBoy, I use it very often but only in places that have a touch of swing or jump blues in them. It would sound out of place on a.Chicago blues or a Jimmy Reed song. The idea is to learn and experiment with where it can sound good. So good Lu k with it and let me know how you make out with it. Duke 

stevieboy Apr 14, 2013

Very cool!


You say that four lick, which is really sweet, is one of your favorites, Duke.  Do you use it much when there isn't a minor built into the second measure of the four, say on a regular 12 bar progression? 


I'm going to give it a shot, maybe get some funny looks down at the blues jam!  Just wondering what your thoughts are.


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