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Hi Folks,

This week we are finishing up "Why Don't You Do Right". The lesson consists of learning a new intro that I use for the recording. Then I demonstrate many examples of types of things that work around the vocal. Half step arpeggios, minor 6 and 9s, fast repeated blue notes and more to spice up the vocal. We also talk about not getting in the way off the vocal or stepping on it. One thing is to roll the tone back so you have a soft dark sound that is in a totally different frequency range than the voice.

I really can't wait to hear many of you play this one. You're going to have a great track to play with this time so I want to hear all of you out there do a recording of it.

Come on now, don't be shy!

Enjoy........DUKE

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
standards
Duke Robillard
Lil Green
Why Don't You Do Right
Peggy Lee

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Breakdown of Duke's Intro

Loop 4:05 Run-Through of Duke's Intro 

Loop 4:22 Fills and Backing a Vocalist Breakdown

Loop 8:23 Example of Fills around the Vocals

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Loop 13:28 Closing Thoughts

 

 

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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 20, 2015

Wow Bruce, That's great! really sounds cool and in the pocket. you added a geat dimension to it Bruce. thanks! duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 20, 2015

Thanks, Duke! And also Steve and Marty!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 19, 2015

Hello Duke! As promised, here is a version with me on piano. I hope you'll pardon my self-indulgent tounge-in-cheek fantasy on the album cover design.:-) It ended up sounding surprisingly cohesive, I think. And the litte USB microphone did a pretty good job. You can hear my clock ticking at the beginning of the track.  Anyway -- I hope you like it! Best Regards, Bruce

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Nov 20, 2015

Hey Bruce thats really great, very nice.  

Marty Perry
Marty Perry Nov 20, 2015

Very cool!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 16, 2015

Hi Bruce, I hope to do more like this with Sunny, and a tune of mine with me singing will be coming be fore long. Thanks, Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 16, 2015

Wow, that will be great, Duke! I've always loved your singing too.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 16, 2015

Great Job Bruce! Really nice and good solo and tone. The way you came out of the solo into the vocal was a perfect setup for Sunny. That's an important part of having the vocal there to learn to play around and compliment it instead of stepping on it. And that guitar! I used to have that exact model. Love it!!! I think of that as a huge telecaster because the pickup is close to the bridge. When you roll back the tone it retains it's clarity because of the position of the pickup. Great axe!! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 16, 2015

Wow, thanks so much, Duke!  And my guitar thanks you as well. ;-) I was doing my best to work the dynamics to be sensitive to the vocal and it was really great to have this track to work with. I was trying to imagine myself in the position of laying down a track for recording, rather than just thinking of it as a practice song. I don't usually (i.e. never) roll back the tone as I did on this song, and it was really interesting to see how it affected the overall tone and feel of the guitar. Please pass along my thanks to Sunny and Brad! It was a really inspiring track. Please do more!!! ;-) Thanks again, Duke! 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 16, 2015

Very good Marty! Nice take on it and nice light touch. Duke

Marty Perry
Marty Perry Nov 17, 2015

Thanks Duke! My solo was largely improvised but I had a general idea going into it. When the time came, that diminished/ augmented lick that we learned in the intro to Flying Home popped into my head. Funny how that works!

Marty Perry
Marty Perry Nov 15, 2015

Hi Duke, Here's what I came up with. Thanks for the lesson!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 15, 2015

Cool stuff, Marty. I like the whole tone scale inference in your solo.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 14, 2015

What do you think, Duke? Better? I think so! 

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Nov 15, 2015

Well *I* think your playing is amazing!  Also what an extremely cool guitar.  Is it actually old?

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 15, 2015

Wow, thanks very much, Peter! Thanks also for noticing my guitar. ;-) It's a 1942 Epiphone Century. The tuners, bridge and pickguard are non-original, but it's a great guitar with a lot of vintage mojo and really fun to play. Thanks again for the kind words; they are very much appreciated!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 11, 2015

Hi Duke! So here's my best so far with this one. I feel like this tune has been great for my playing. Thanks so much for doing it, and especially for that great track. It really made it fun to work with. I love the up-frontness of the bass! Thanks again! Feedback, as always, is deeply appreciated. Regards, Bruce

PS Loving the new album (The Acoustic Blues And Roots)!!  I forgot to check the box on the site to get you to sign it, so I'll have to do it for sure on the next one. ;-)

 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 13, 2015

Duke, I had a musical epiphony today. Listening to my performance of this, I realize that I had not committed myself to the time and the groove. I worry so much about hitting the correct notes that I'm losing track of the rhythm. The intro is pretty good because it's pretty rehearsed. When I start improvising, my rhythm is getting pushed to the back seat. I realize intellectually that it's easier to take a bum note and "make it work" than fix broken rhythm, but I need to make myself aware of it when I'm playing. I just tried playing piano with this in mind, and I don't think my playing has ever sounded more musical. So, with that in mind, looking forward to more practice time this weekend! ;-)

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 16, 2015

I'd love to hear you play piano to it Bruce.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 16, 2015

I'd be delighted to record a piano version for you, Duke! By the way, I played a wedding gig once for the daughter of the guy who was the drummer in Roomful of Blues in the early 70s. I don't recall his name, but I remember him being a great player and having this huge old powerful bass drum. I seem to remember that his "father/daughter" dance was to a Beatles ballad like "Let It Be" or "Long and Winding Road" or something, which seemed an odd choice. But folks pick funny songs. I once played a wedding gig where the first husband/wife dance was to Frank Sinatra's "The Lady is a Tramp". Go figure! ;-) 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 08, 2015

Glad you're enjoying playing to it Tom, Duke

Tom K.
Tom K. Nov 03, 2015

Great backing track . Lot of fun playing with it . Just love Sonny's voice !!  Thanks 

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Nov 03, 2015

Do Right!  Good to see you back Duke :-D

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 04, 2015

Hi Peter! I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your version of this. I can really hear your ideas coming through. I still have a lot of work to do before I upload my version. Take care! Bruce

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Nov 05, 2015

Wow!  Thanks Bruce :-D

Getting ideas from Duke, and then being able to play against a recording with Duke, Brad and Sonny is the absolute Bomb!!!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 06, 2015

Hey Peter,Really good work! I can hear a great deal of improvement in your playing lately. More confidence, improved timing and harmonic ideas in your solos. Congrats! You are making great progress now. I'm proud of you! Duke 

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Nov 06, 2015

Double Wow!  Thanks Duke and welcome back :-D

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 01, 2015

Yes Charlie, That is a great album. Got it on vinyl! Duke

Tom K.
Tom K. Nov 01, 2015

Nice stuff !!!  Thanks again Duke .

 

charlie
charlie Nov 01, 2015

Thanks Duke - and thanks for the refresh on that gorgeous chord! I got it now. Really love this tune - thanks for turning me on to Dave Barbour - picked up a great album of his and Peggy's live radio shows. Awesome stuff!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 31, 2015

Nice Steve, I hear some les Paul-isms in there!

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Oct 31, 2015

Love Les Paul, 

Thanks Duke

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Nov 01, 2015

Sonny's voice is beautiful, makes me blush.

Steve

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Oct 31, 2015

I ve been jamming on this this morning. I came up with a structure for the versus but not the solo yet. So, its something borrowed and somethings stole. 

Thanks Duke

Steve

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Oct 31, 2015

Sweet Steve !!  That is some tasty playing.  What a great way to start the day.  I like the double stop / hammer on riff --- and the open string thing twists my mind.

 
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