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Hello Folks, This week we are starting a new song, the blues classic "Texas Flood". We're basing the lessons on the original Larry Davis version. This weeks lesson is of course the chords and intro. You should all learn to play the chords the way I play them here. It's the best way to make the background full. Keeping a simple steady rhythm is necessary to keeping this type of slow blues flowing. Next week we go on to the double stop intro and single string obligato parts around the vocal.

Enjoy! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
texas blues
roomful of blues
texas blues
Duke Robillard
Texas Flood
Larry Davis

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Texas Flood background listening: Larry Davis & Duke Robillard

loop @ 1:12 Breakdown of Intro and First Verse Chords

loop @ 4:00 Run-Through of Intro and First Verse Chords

%X/X.2/1.3/3.2/2.3/4.X/X[G9/B] / / / | %X/X.7/1.8/3.7/2.8/4.X/X[C9/E] / / / |
%X/X.2/1.3/3.2/2.3/4.X/X[G9/B] / / / | / %X/X.6/2.5/1.6/3.6/3.6/3[Eb9] %X/X.5/2.4/1.5/3.5/3.5/3[D9] / |

First Verse

%X/X.2/1.3/3.2/2.3/4.X/X[G9/B] / / / | %X/X.3/2.2/1.3/3.3/3.3/3[C9] / / / |
%X/X.2/1.3/3.2/2.3/4.X/X[G9/B] / / / | / / / / |
%X/X.3/2.2/1.3/3.3/3.3/3[C9] / / / | / / / / |
%X/X.2/1.3/3.2/2.3/4.X/X[G9/B] / / / | / / / / |
%X/X.5/2.4/1.5/3.5/3.5/3[D9] / / / | %X/X.3/2.2/1.3/3.3/3.3/3[C9] / / / |
%X/X.2/1.3/3.2/2.3/4.X/X[G9/B] / / / | / %X/X.6/2.5/1.6/3.6/3.6/3[Eb9] %X/X.5/2.4/1.5/3.5/3.5/3[D9] / |

loop @ 7:20 Sliding the I Chord

loop @ 9:24 Breakdown of Ending

loop @ 10:05 Practice Intro and 3 Verses with Duke

loop @ 13:09 Flat 2 Transition to the I

loop @ 13:47 Closing Thoughts

 

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 30, 2013

Steve H, Good job on it so far. Sounds like you have it together already! I could see how Texas Flood  would be an

"anthem" in Austin easily! Duke

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Dec 30, 2013

Hi Peter --- good catch.  Yes, you're exactly right. My apologies for the error.  I've updated the chord chart

 

Steve H
Steve H Dec 29, 2013

Cool lesson Duke! 

Get "Free Bird" level of requests playing in Austin for this one...   Guess I should learn it...

Thanks,

Steve

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Dec 29, 2013

Hi Duke and Mike, I think the C9 and D9 are reversed in the last 4 measures of the tab.

I believe this is a completely normal quick change 12 bar in G.

Happy New Year

P

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 28, 2013

Hi Scott, Yeah, Fenton was BAD! Glad you're able to get the lessons from Japan! Thanks, Duke 

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Dec 28, 2013

Great lesson!  Getting it from Ibaracki, Japan thanks to the internet.  A little bit of home.  Happy New Year all !

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Dec 28, 2013

I dig Fenton Robinson!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 28, 2013

Peter, Thanks, When I recorded Texas Flood I was using a Gibson ES-150 Charlie Christian guitar and I got a very clean sound which I wouldn't use now for that song. Fenton Robinson was the guitarist on that record.

 

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Dec 27, 2013

Cool!  I never thought of Texas Flood as a T-Bone style song.  But I'll always hear it that way now :-D

P.S. Duke your playing on that album is *unbelievable*!

stevieboy
stevieboy Dec 27, 2013

Ha, I just noticed the CD cover on the video Duke posted, where it says "The First Album"!  I had the orignal album on vinyl,  before CDs, and I don't think it said "The First Album" on the cover.  Don't want you people thinking I'm senile!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 27, 2013

Hi Stevieboy, Yes that was our first album indeed! Thanks,  Duke 

stevieboy
stevieboy Dec 27, 2013

The first time I ever heard Texas Flood was on the Roomful of Blues album, their first I believe, with of course Duke on vocals and featuring his guitar playing.  Great!

 
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