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Hello Folks,

This week we are starting on a new tune. It's a fun composition of my own from my Wobble Walkin' CD called Skippy's Dream. It's a riff tune that's melody is based on a repeated riff over a 1/6/2/5 progression. The riff is something I play often in my solos so I decided to make a tune of it. The bridge is based on Charlie Christian's 7 Come 11 changes and it's a really fun tune to play.

I hope you all really enjoy learning this one!

Cheers, Duke

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Swing
Swing
Duke Robillard
Skippy's Dream
Swing Guitar

Backing Track

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Loop 0:00 Skippy's Dream from Wobble Walkin'

Loop 3:04 Breakdown of Chords

Loop 6:50 Run-Through of Chords

A Section 1 and 2

%6/2.X/X.5/1.7/4.X/X.X/X[Bb6] / %X/X.X/X.5/1.7/4.6/2.6/3[Gm7] / | %8/2.X/X.8/3.8/3.8/3.X/X[Cmi7] / %X/X.X/X.7/1.8/3.X/X.X/X[F7] /
%6/2.X/X.5/1.7/4.X/X.X/X[Bb6] / / / | / / / /
%6/2.X/X.5/1.7/4.X/X.X/X[Bb6] / %X/X.X/X.5/1.7/4.6/2.6/3[Gm7] / | %8/2.X/X.8/3.8/3.8/3.X/X[Cmi7] / %X/X.X/X.7/1.8/3.X/X.X/X[F7] /
%6/2.X/X.5/1.7/4.X/X.X/X[Bb6] / / / | / / / /

 

B Section

%5/T.X/X.5/1.6/2.X/X.X/X[A7] / / / | / / / / |
%5/2.X/X.4/1.5/3.X/X.X/X[D7] / / / | / / / / |
%3/T.X/X.3/1.4/2.X/X.X/X[G7] / / / | / / / / |
%8/T.X/X.8/1.9/2.X/X.X/X[C7] / / / | %8/2.X/X.8/3.8/3.8/3.X/X[Cmi7] / %X/X.X/X.7/1.8/3.X/X.X/X[F7] / |

 

Last A Section

%6/2.X/X.5/1.7/4.X/X.X/X[Bb6] / %X/X.X/X.5/1.7/4.6/2.6/3[Gm7] / | %8/2.X/X.8/3.8/3.8/3.X/X[Cmi7] / %X/X.X/X.7/1.8/3.X/X.X/X[F7] /
%6/2.X/X.5/1.7/4.X/X.X/X[Bb6] / / / | / / / /
%6/2.X/X.5/1.7/4.X/X.X/X[Bb6] / %X/X.X/X.5/1.7/4.6/2.6/3[Gm7] / | %8/2.X/X.8/3.8/3.8/3.X/X[Cmi7] / %X/X.X/X.7/1.8/3.8/3.X/X[F13] /
%6/2.X/X.5/1.7/4.X/X.X/X[Bb6] / / / | / / / /

 

Loop 9:07 Breakdown of Chord Variations and Substitutions

Loop 14:00 Closing Thoughts

 

 

 

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Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Feb 22, 2015

Hi Duke

I look forward to the clarification in the next new lesson.

Cheers

Steve

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Feb 21, 2015

Here it is again. But, I can't say i am hearing a change in the A section chords just before the bridge during the solos.

Steve

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 21, 2015

Hi Steve, The chords on the melody are correct. It's just that the second ending has to resolve a little diffrerently to set up the bridge.The first A section of the solo can end end a few different ways chord wise like 3/6/2/5 but in he 2nd A, is what your play for chords is right but when you get to the last 2 bars is wher it's a little diferrent. it should be 1 measure of the 1chord then 1 beat on Cm7 beat on F then two beats on Bb. Because it resolves to the one, it goes through the last chords of the 2nd A a bit quicker. Perhaps this song is not the corect example of that. But I will demonstrate it in my next lesson if I'm not clear with words. It will be easy to ubderstand when I play it. Thanks, Duke    

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 19, 2015

I'll check it out and let you know steve. Duke

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Feb 19, 2015

Hey Duke

Is it the F13 that I'm missing?

I noted the F13 in the chord chart. But, when I was playing it (in the Freddie Green school of chording) i didn't hear a big tonal voice from the F13. The F13 is an F7 with the addition of the G played on the B string.

If it is the F13 then I give it another try.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 19, 2015

That chord is mislabeled, actually. It should be an F9, not F13. F13 would require the addition of a D.

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Feb 19, 2015

Thanks Bruce. I'll overlook the chord chart and review Duke's video for the correct content.

Steve

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 17, 2015

Nice job Bruce, There are a few things in the melody you have a little wrong. The last few notes before the end of the fist stop should be an Eb then hammer on quickly the Db to D all on the G string. The other I can't quite make out but if you go over me teaching the heard at a slower speed I'm sure you'll find it. Very close and you just need to relax it a bit. It's the sme with swing as blues for this type of tune it should be relaxed to make it swing. My concept of swing is the feel of the relationship of the notes to each other. Sometimes playing certain notes or even whole phrases on the back of the beat is what makes it swing. Good rhythm playing also Bruce. BTW, You have some very nice guitars! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 19, 2015

Thanks Duke.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 12, 2015

Hey Duke -

So, here's my version so far. I decided to jump right into the melody and even copped your solo (pretty closely, I think) from your recording for the bridge. I know you improvise that, but I wanted to play along with track and it's a pretty darn tastey bit of playing. I especially like that riff you're doing on the D7. I've still got some work to do to get it clean, obviously. But it's a lot of fun to play. Especially when I get it right. ;-)

Looking forward to working on soloing on it now!

Any feedback or areas you suggest focusing on to clean it up? Thanks so much!

Bruce

 

Ian
Ian Feb 11, 2015

I'm sorry for the weird, awkward distortion near the end of the B section. I think it was part of the webcam itself.

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 17, 2015

Hi Ian, Good start! On the right hand you need to loosen up and let it be more limp to get the swing feel. Watch and listen to me play the rhythm. Getting that feel has to do with a loose ficking of the wrist as you execute it to get the swing feel. Watch my rhythm and you'll get the idea. Now on the bridge the second chord is D7 you had an Ab in there on the low E string. You can use the Ab for one beat as a quick passing tone. You're off to a good start, keep it up! Duke  

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Feb 11, 2015

Great Song and lesson.

I think the big thing for me currently with this lesson is expanding my inventory of chord substitutions for the 1, 6, 2, 5. I think i have a basic handle on the ones you have shown but as you said there are many more.  The Gm7 configuation is new to me.

Another learning point for me is to hear when to go to the Bridge without a cue, as is the case of the 2nd Bridge which is cued with a snare flange. I beleive its 8 measures, here i am concentrating on listening to the lead and bass over counting.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 18, 2015

Hi Steve, Good job. One thing I noticed a few times is you didn't play the second ending. What I mean is, on the second A section before the bridge, the 2nd A section resolves a little differently (during the solo choruses only) this "2nd ending" is a little different in how it resolves which makes it obvious that the bridge is coming. Hopefully that's in the chord chart. If not it should be. Good feel on the rhythm Steve.....Duke  

Marc miller
Marc miller Feb 08, 2015

hi duke new member,,,can you do a tab Benoit song at some time,,,thanks marc

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 18, 2015

Hi Marc --- Great to have you a part of Sonic Junction.  The focus of Duke's lessons in on the Master's of Blues, Swing and Jazz --- and his tunes.  I doubt he will teach a Tab Benoit song --- but he will likely touch on Artists that inspried both Duke and Tab.   The lessons at Sonic Junction are more about "how" a Master Artist like Duke developed --- to understand all the sources and inspiration for his music.  As you learn over time, the goal is for you to find your own music --- that pulls from similar sources --- but is uniquely "Marc Miller."  I hope that helps and wish you all the best.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 18, 2015

Hi Marc, Welcome to Sonic Junction. If you can point out a few tunes of Tab's I maybe able to hone in on something like it that may be what influenced Tab stylistically. Thanks, Duke  

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 07, 2015

Great tune, this will be another fun one!

Mike, the 2nd chord in each A section is mislabeled. It should be Duke's fancy Gm7 chord, not a Bb 6 as it is currently labeled. Though strictly speaking, a Bb 6 and a Gm7 are the same chord; the interpretation depends on the context. And here, Duke clearly meant it as a Gm7, and I'm sure the bass emphasizes that.  

That Gm7 chord is driving me absolutely bonkers trying to play after the Bb 6 that preceeds it. I'm trying to keep my little finger and my index finger on the fretboard just where they are, because they are the common notes between the two chords. But my middle finger just refuses to move. I look at it and it says back to me, "Hey, you lookin' at ME????"  But I'm sure after 30 or 40 hours of practice, I'll start to get it. 

And to those looking for it, Jazz for Playboys is available on Spotify!  Sorry Charlie, Spotify doesn't seem to have Rhythm Willie. I suppose the phrase Rhythm Willie could have an entirely different context for you, given the slang meaning of the term Willie in the UK. :-)

And thanks again, Duke! 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 13, 2015

Thanks Bruce --- great catch --- we've update the chart.   Funny story on the middle finger.  Muscle memory works both ways.

charlie
charlie Feb 07, 2015

Great tune! Looking forward to getting into this one. And thanks for the album tips - just ordered 'Jazz for playboys', but can't find anyone who'll ship 'Rhythm Willie' to UK. There's a great album called 'Opus in Swing' by Frank Wess that features both Kenny Burrell and Freddie Green.

Tom K.
Tom K. Feb 06, 2015

Thanks Duke . Looking forward to working on this .

 
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