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Hello Friends, this week we are going to learn the head to my "Westside Shuffle." It contains many of the blues guitar techniques that I have been teaching in other songs including slides, hammer-ons chordal answers to riffs, rhythmic chord syncopation, and bass line doubled riffs. It's influenced a bit by Freddie King's instrumental style with low string melody and stop time figures. Next week we'll work on soloing so get the "head" down first and enjoy! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
Ronnie Earl
West Side Shuffle

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl Playing West Side Shuffle

Loop 3:10 Melody Run-Through

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Loop 3:48 Breakdown of West Side Shuffle Head

Loop 10:52 Right Hand Technique

Loop 15:02 Closing Thoughts

 

 

  

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 28, 2014

Sounds good Steve! 

Steve H
Steve H Mar 27, 2014

Fun one Duke.

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 16, 2012

Hi Peter, Sounds good. you're getting there, just a bit behind the beat but that's OK just keep working on it and it will work out. Duke  

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Sep 13, 2012

Duke and Mike, thank you for the encouraging remarks.  They inspire me to keep at it.

Here is another try at the head.  I took Duke's advice and *listened*, and I took Mike's advice and sang it myself.  When I walked, I sang the head in time with my steps.

The result is not all the notes that Duke plays, but I think does a better job of capturing the feel of the head.

Let me know what you think...

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Sep 12, 2012

Hi Peter .. you're doing the most important thing, practicing and moving into it!  

For me, taking things really slow and playing it while tapping my foot always seems to help.  

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Sep 09, 2012

Aww Man...!

I just listened to the Head that I posted yesterday, and its awful >:-P

Clearly, I don't have the timing yet

I'm going to keep working on it, and try again later this week. 

Any tips are appreciated

P

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Sep 08, 2012

Hi Duke, 

Well I definitely don't think this will make anyone smile, but its where I am with this tune.

Fiist, here is a recording of last week's lesson, where I go through all the chords you showed.  That was really useful BTW, and I will definitely use that in the next Blues Jam :-)

Next here is my take on this week's lesson.  I try to play the head.  Boy, what a challenge!

You'll notice that I recorded the call and response separately, and then merged them.  I found it too hard to do both in one take, and stay synced with the drum machine.

Thanks for the excellent lesson

Peter

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Sep 08, 2012

Hi Duke .. I love the right hand technique part of the lesson.  I was noticing the rake in your backing track and things like this really make the tune.  I appreciate you teaching and sharing this as it is exactly where I want to take my playing.

At some point, it would be great to dig into bending and vibrato .. maybe a slow blues series just focusing on those two techniques?  

Love it Duke! Thanks!

 
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