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Chicago Blues Fundamentals


First Two Choruses

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Chicago Blues Fundamentals > First Two Choruses

Hello Friends,

This week we are working on the guitar for the first two vocal choruses. It's the basic blues Jimmy Reed style but a little different with an interesting turn around and a few variable chords, rakes and turn around riffs. Plus we learn the great Robert Junior riff he does on the 1 chord that everybody loves and uses. It's become a staple riff for most Chicago blues guitarists by now. Next week we learn the great harmonized walking pattern Robert does on the solo section and I will also show some ideas for soloing on it after that part. Send some videos and keep on practicing!

Enjoy, Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
Chicago Blues
Take a Little Walk with Me
Robert Lockwood Jr.

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:40 Welcome & Introduction Review

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Loop 2:42 Breakdown of Rhythm

Loop 7:21 Run-Through of First Chorus

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Loop 8:02 Variations on the Last 4 Bars (V, IV and Turnaround)

Loop 12:05 Run-Through of 2 Choruses (Practice Loop)

Loop 13:44 Robert Lockwood Fill

Loop 16:36 Closing Thoughts

 

 

 

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 13, 2014

Hi Allan, Sounds good. I like the tremelo and gutsy sound. Duke

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell Apr 10, 2014

even though it's pretty straighforward, this song seems open to many interprestations  -  your light touch is so appealing, but I chose to lay it down kinda heavy, & tried a stab at singing  -  sometimes I really like the fat sound of open ringing strings a la early T-Birds - Stevie played that way too - more of a Texas-style bottom end    

Steve H
Steve H Apr 09, 2014

Hi Duke,

  Making these videos just keep putting more tools in the toolbox. I used the V walkup, the IV bent chord, and the country Jimmy Reed style riff during my gig last night. A guest vocalist got up and we did a slow-medium shuffle so I decided to use these licks. My bass player heard the bouncing rhythym lines and jumped all over it.

  Still got to some work on the Lockwood lick. Its not quite natural yet.

Thanks Duke

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 13, 2014

Hi Steve, very good start on it. The lick you're refering to will come a lot easier if you keep doing it. It's a very useful lick in blues in E once you get used to it it will become second nature. good work! Duke

 
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