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Final Chorus and Ending

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Texas Flood > Final Chorus and Ending

Hello Folks, This week we are finishing up Texas Flood with the final vocal chorus and ending. I demonstrate some riffs for the last vocal verse fills and show 2 potential ending riffs. I talk a bit about the riffs and especially the end riff where I demonstrate a sort of riff that I prefer which sounds a bit more countrified or lowdown with just a simple riff with less bends. These type of things are the nuances that make a persons style individual and not just the standard licks you hear all the time. By just changing a note or two you can make your blues sound more real and lowdown. The attention to small details like this is what can make a guitarist sound special. Enjoy and send me some videos of you digging in to it! Duke

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

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Loop 3:12 Guitar Riff Ending

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Loop 3:50 Guitar Riff Ending #2

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Loop 5:11 Alternative Chord Ending

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Loop 5:48 Three String Chord Ending

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Loop 7:24 Sample Chorus

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Loop 8:12 Artistic Approach to Texas Blues

 

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charlie
charlie Jun 10, 2015

Like Bruce I've been catching up on SJ lessons from before I joined (got here for the end of the 'Gypsy Woman' series). Spent a great evening following this series.

I have the original Larry Davis record, but like most my generation, I know the tune from Stevie Ray Vaughan. I rarely listen to him these days because there are so many bad SRV impersonists at the jams here in the UK. But I saw someone post a video of him doing this and the emotion/intensity was just astounding. 

Anyway, here's my cut. Not happy with the tone (but I am recording with a two year old asleep in the next room, so this is as much as I dare crank it!) I loved how you talked about the sloppy (but not sloppy) timing; the Buddy Guy style. That's the stuff I love in blues; the tension and release - stretching it to the limit without overkill. I think I've always had that fairly intiutively (i guess if you love it it'll be in you somewhere right?) but I know I need to tighten my technique way more to pull it off.

Thanks for a backlog of awesome lessons. Hope the shoulders getting better!

Tom
Tom Jun 10, 2015

Tom
Tom Jun 10, 2015

Duke Robillard is probably the best living blues guitarist today and anybody who knows what he's talking about will tell you that I'm sure.

So... better get that shoulder back in shape soon...!!! Because... this kid in Europe is on the up an' up... y'know...!!! Check it out.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 10, 2015

Hi Duke! While you are away resting your shoulder, I'm jumping back into older lessons that I missed. 

You were encouraging us to just "go for it", so that's pretty much what's here. A few moments are sub-optimal, though some of it is not bad. I probably should have learned the words instead of trying to read them, as it kept throwing off the rhythm of my singing. I'll learn 'em before I play it in front of anybody. ;-)

Anyway, hope the recovery is going well! Take care, Duke!

 

charlie
charlie Jun 10, 2015

Nice work Bruce - I'm doing exactly the same as you; catching up on lessons from before my time on SJ. Looks like we even choose the same ones (just been through 'Flying Home' last week)

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jun 10, 2015

Thanks, Charlie! I'm still working on "Flying Home". It's a challenging one, but a lot of fun.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 23, 2015

You never know Andre, I am doing a guitar workshop soon in Toronto at Guitar Workshops Plus

Andre Thouvenot
Andre Thouvenot Apr 23, 2015

Thank you. I also wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your on-line courses, and, do you think, that I have the opportunity to see you one day in show or to attend a Master's class in Montreal?

 

André

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 22, 2015

Hello Andre, I may have turned the guitar volume down by mistake making it less distorted but that was not intentional. Cheers, Duke 

Andre Thouvenot
Andre Thouvenot Apr 20, 2015

Hello Duke,

 

Why do you change the tonality in this last chorus?

 

Thank you

 

André

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 25, 2014

Hello Wieger, That was actually a mistake. I perform it in F# but thought it too odd a key to teach it in I mistakenly fell back into F# without even realizing I did it. Guess I needed one more cup of coffee before that lesson! Duke 

Wieger Sietsma
Wieger Sietsma Jan 23, 2014

Hi Duke, No big deal, but I noticed you started the song in G and now you end it in F sharp. For any particular reason? I can't imagine you would ever modulate down in a live performance, would you?

On double stops: you put a lot in your Swinging with Lucy Mae lesson, almost to the point of overdoing it, but very useful for study and excercise.

Can't wait to see what you got cooking for us next week! 

 

 

 

  

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 18, 2014

Hi Tom, I enjoyed your video. Love the sound of two guitars together. you guys compliment each other well! Yes a lesson on double stops may be a good idea. I do talk about them in several lessons of mine. they add a nice "spice" to solos and background. Duke

Tom
Tom Jan 18, 2014

It was the first time I ever played with Matt. I told him to just play his blues song the same way as he always would and not to adjust his normal playing to mine. I wanted him in the driver's seat. And that I would "respond" to him and not the other way around. The blues guitarist's role is more responsive ( as in "call and responce" ) than that of a so called "lead" guitarist. I think that is a subtle but salient point that many don't quite understand. Just my two cents worth...!

Tom
Tom Jan 17, 2014

Here's mine...! I'm with the red guitar and the hat.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 17, 2014

Awesome.  I love the groove / feel you guys got going.  I like those double stops around 2:15.

Tom
Tom Jan 17, 2014

Double stops are important. Maybe the Dukester could do us a long detailed lesson on just that someday at they pertain to the blues.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 17, 2014

Hi Duke --- I love that final chorus where you do the quiet singing and play the riffs in between.  It really helps me to get the groove and fills.  It's always great to hear you talk about the artistic approach too.  It's priceless. Thanks.

 
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