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Developing a Solo

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Too Hot to Handle > Developing a Solo

Hello Folks, This weeks lesson is on more soloing on "Too Hot To Handle." This time we are listening to and taking ideas from my live version on "Stretchin' Out Live" on Stony Plain. This version sports a seven chorus solo with a basic there that starts each verse. Due to a recent accident (a fall from slipping on ice) I fractured my left hand and cannot actually play at this time. Don't worry, I'll be healed up in no time and back to my usual method of teaching. For this lesson I talk you through each chorus explaining the theme that starts each chorus. I feel I give good guidance here to figure out what I'm doing. Looking forward to seeing who picks up on tips and figures out the licks. Send me some videos now! Next week I will have a special guest come in and teach some essential lessons on Freddie Green rhythm guitar.

Enjoy, Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Blues
Duke Robillard
Too Hot to Handle

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 19, 2014

Jack, Are you still in Rhode Island?

jack pharo
jack pharo Feb 19, 2014

Yes I still live in ri. Im withThe band you see in the video we've added a keyboard player since then. We're playing our second swing night at the knickerbocker next wednsday night.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 19, 2014

Jack, I will consider "Gee I wish." Its a very long solo and not so easy, I can't even play that whole solo anymore but I could certainly teach it piece by piece. There are a lot of interesting riffs in there. The last time I saw you you were being deployed to Afganastan or somewhere. I was pleased to see you made it back. See, I DO remember you!

jack pharo
jack pharo Feb 16, 2014

Thanks  for the encouragement Duke,yeh that be me.Im supprised you remember.Our band covers a few more of your tunes as well .

i would appreciate it if you would break down Gee I Wish some day.

Mike,thank you, yes that is the" freddy King ninth chord",I love that chord and try to fit in alot. probably too much.

Wieger Sietsma
Wieger Sietsma Feb 16, 2014

Hi Duke, Sorry to hear you injured your hand. Speedy recovery and best wishes from the No-Ice-Netherlands!

Mudcat Mooney
Mudcat Mooney Feb 15, 2014

Hey Duke bad news about the hand, here's hoping for a speedy recovery! My all time favorite performance of yours was at the Byron Bay Blues Festival in the late 90's.. you & the band really kicked it that night! Hope you're back on deck soon. p.s.You were playing a Strat style of guitar on those gigs.. can you remember what pickups were fitted? Cheers

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 16, 2014

Hi Mudcat, That was a long time ago but they were either Seymour Duncan or Lindy Fralin PUs. I still use their products mostly. Duke

jack pharo
jack pharo Feb 15, 2014

Hello Duke , hope you have a speedy recovery.Cant tell you how much i appreciate these lessons and have enjoyed your work over the years.you have been my major influence . i have tried to listen closely to your playing and these lessons have been a real treasure. Thanks for sharing!

jack pharo
jack pharo Feb 15, 2014

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 16, 2014

Hi Jack --- that is some great playing!  I really like your tone too.  

Love that chord you punch around 3:15 between the riffs --- is that the Freddie King 13th chord?

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 16, 2014

Hi Jack, Man you are smokin'! Proud to see and hear you play my song so well! Are you the same Jack Pharo that used to take lessons from me years ago? Keep up the good work. Duke 

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Feb 15, 2014

Sorry to hear about your hand, Duke.  It happens.  Speedy recovery,  I'm here for the lessons and the insights and stories. You directed me to some great music.  Keep up the great recommendations.  If you have other Live recordings, let us know. I am a big fan.

I heard Gatemouth at Buddy Guy's Legends and I do remember his grouchy demeanor.  I recall him saying something to the tune of "you young guitar players watching my playing think you can do it like Gatemouth. Well, that ain't going to happen, because nobody is like Gatemouth. You keep playing that guitar and get to sound like YOU!  But I will always play Gatemouth better than you."  I loved this.  It's exactly how Blues musicians have a right to be.    

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 16, 2014

Thanks Scott, Yeah that's a good Gatemouth story! Yeah that's Gate alright. I'll be back in no time better than ever and ready to go! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 15, 2014

Thank You all very much for your understanding. I will do everything in my power to heal quickly. In the meantime I will have some very special suprise lessons coming up for you! I'll be back soon! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 15, 2014

Thanks Peter, I plan on it! Duke

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Feb 15, 2014

Ouch!  Very sorry to hear that Duke :-(

Heal fast, feel better

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 16, 2014

Thank You Peter, I'll be back, hopefully bigger and badder than before (I hope!) Duke

Bill D
Bill D Feb 15, 2014

Duke,

Sorry to hear about your hand......speedy recovery

Bill

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 16, 2014

Thanks Bill, Duke

aspers
aspers Feb 15, 2014

Hi Duke - so sorry to hear about your fall and damage to your hand. Just take it easy - your fans will understand that you can't play so don't try because you may delay the healing process. We can all wait until you are 'mended' - you are still a young blade (at heart anyway!) so that won't take too long. Speedy recovery my friend

Regards from Pete and your many fans in the UK.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 16, 2014

Aspers, Thanks very much. Yes I will take my doctors advice! Duke 

Tubby
Tubby Feb 14, 2014

Wonderfull playing on the record Duke.....reminds me of Danny Gatton who is one of my favourites.

I recently bought your hotlicks DVD which is just great. It made me smile when i saw the younger you, all dressed to kill. :-)

I been working on the Charlie Christian / T-bone licks.....loads of fun.

Cheers

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 16, 2014

Hey Tubby, Glad you're enjoying the lessons. I had the extreme pleasure of sharing guitar chores with Danny for a brief tour with Robert Gordon. He was gracious, friendly, helpful and a lot of fun to hang and play with. I'll never forget him. Duke 

Shorty Garcia
Shorty Garcia Feb 14, 2014

wishing you a speedy recovery Duke!  great recording of this great tune!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 16, 2014

Thanks Shorty, I appreciate it. Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 14, 2014

Tom, I have arthritis also, but i'll be fine before long. I know one other guy in California, Steve Samuels. Great player, he plays with a stub for a right hand and he's fabulous. Duke 

Tom
Tom Feb 14, 2014

Poor Duke...!!!

Did you ever think about all of the other great guitar players who played with crippled of injured hands...? Django Reinheardt's was injured in a fire, Less Paul had serious arthritis and Jerry Garcia had a deformed right hand. Can you think of any others...?

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 16, 2014

Hi Dave, Yeah, Bucky is amazing still! I have lots of his work over the years. He's a band all by himself! And John ain't no slouch either! I saw them come into the Iriudim 10 or saw years ago on a Les Paul Monday night gig and Les went and got a beer and those two tore it up! Duke

 
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