Allan Mandell

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Same Old Blues Rhythm and Horn Line Jan 03, 2015

hey Duke, Happy New Year !  nice one to kick things off  -  threw in some Ellmore James lyrics 'cause they fit so nicely

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Gypsy Woman Last Verse Nov 12, 2014

thanks Duke  -  will do !      (and will put more sensitivity into the rakes  -  for some reason I got into a rip-the-strings-off sound when I was playing this, who knows why)

 

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Gypsy Woman Last Verse Jul 31, 2014

my wife is now officially fed up with hearing me play this a million times  -  I need a man cave / recording studio   

... like it or lump it baby, you your mother's bad luck child ...

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 12, 2014

Sound good and raw Allan, The blues ain't for everyone ya know! One suggestion on the D chord rakes, they sound better if played lightly. It's more of a background part. Keep on playin the blues! Duke

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Gypsy Woman 2nd Verse Jul 06, 2014

Duke  ~  I dug your sermon on time, and the way the blues stretches it out  -  tried some of that here, & made-up a 2nd verse ... no girls yet

Allan

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Gypsy Woman 2nd Verse Jul 05, 2014

 

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Chicago Blues Fundamentals Stop Time Verses May 08, 2014

sorry Duke, but I really got into this  -  here's another take  -  this time going to Rolling Fork instead of Venus

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Chicago Blues Fundamentals Stop Time Verses Apr 26, 2014

Hey Duke  ~   tried having some fun with this, and man, singing sure tosses in a whole other dimension to keep track of, doesn't it  -  whew !  Thanks for a great series, really enjoyed your insightful instruction as always  -  Allan

 

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Chicago Blues Fundamentals First Two Choruses Apr 10, 2014

even though it's pretty straighforward, this song seems open to many interprestations  -  your light touch is so appealing, but I chose to lay it down kinda heavy, & tried a stab at singing  -  sometimes I really like the fat sound of open ringing strings a la early T-Birds - Stevie played that way too - more of a Texas-style bottom end    

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Rock Me Baby Melody Riff / Head Oct 19, 2013

Duke -  thanks for including this scintillating number in the line up  -  trying to cram as much sexual innuendo as possible into 3 notes  -  I'm finding dragging just slightly behind the beat ups the suggestive quotient  -  and I'm with you on the slow vibrato, sometimes low & slow is where it's at   ....  I mean, BB is talkin about "all night long" !

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: High Heel Sneakers Rhythm and Head Oct 04, 2013

Dug the way you rocked Victoria horbor when you opened with this at the Canada Blues Bash  -  now that was some high quality boogaloo  -  been wanting to learn this hot little number ever since, so here's my first stab at it

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: The Stumble Last Choruses Sep 16, 2013

here's my humble attempt at the Stumble  -  with a lot more appreciation for Freddie King's tasteful styling  -  I'm afraid every time I launch into it,  it suddenly morphs and goes right out the window, & sometimes it boils down to persevering no matter which notes are flying sideways  -  but heck, I'm having fun  -  thanks for the lessons, it feels like something bluesy is percolating in

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: The Stumble 1st and 2nd Verse Aug 23, 2013

 

the joy-ride rolls on, what a FUN song to play !   -  although it would help to have 20 cups of coffee to keep up with the backing track  -  somehow Freddie pulls it off so smoothly  -  anyway, here's my version

 

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Sweet Home Chicago Solo, Second Verse Aug 10, 2013

 

well, comes out wacky & different every time  -  trying to groove along with the zippy backing track (is there a way for us to tweek the speed on those things ?)  -  sometimes the notes hit just right, other times it's spontaneous improv enroute, but somehow it all just keeps rolling along  -  one thing I'm working on is playing standing up and not to always be staring at my guitar fretboard  -  what a fun song to jam on, I learned a lot in this series, and definitely felt that cosmic mathematical connection with Magic Sam  -  1 and 1 is 2,  2 and 2 is 4

 

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: The Stumble Rhythm Aug 10, 2013

Freddie King - bring it on !  Thanks for this hot lesson Duke  -  I figured it was going to be this or HideAway  -  I am a bit partial to HideAway having lived in Austin in the 70's where Stevie played it frequently as a tour-de-force staple in his repetoire  -  but hey, let's get down and Stumble !  in fact, now that we've got a King thing going, it would be neat to whip up a triumvirate offering from the Royal Family, like 'Born Under a Bad Sign' / Albert King, and 'Rock Me Baby' / BB King  -  hot stuff indeed

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Sweet Home Chicago Solo, First Verse Jul 28, 2013

Yeah man  - kinda sloppy & not sure where I'm goin, but heading toward CHICAGO !    

 

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Fishnet Solo Lesson 1 Jul 27, 2013

oh the elusve quest for funkyness ...   well I decided to try this 'finger-pickin' style because that lets me snap the strings with a little more control, but playing with a pick is definitely louder  -  next round I'll go at it with a pick  -   threw in a spontaneous tribute-to-Albert note in there  -   I dig your descending rolls, I'll work on articulating those more 

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Route 66 Chords Jul 24, 2013

well here I am somewhere along the access road to Rt. 66 ... trying to lighten the touch, keep it swingin' ... oh those sexy comping chords, yeah man, have always wanted to learn that stuff  -  feeling hipper already !

 

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Route 66 Intro & First Chorus Jul 22, 2013

well this only took about 500 takes ...!   it feels like I need to relax & put some swing into it ...

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Sweet Home Chicago Vocal Rhythm & Fills Jul 22, 2013

hey thanks Duke   -  means a lot to me esp. coming from the ol' Honeybear himself   -   well, those previous lessons sure look tempting, so I think I'll go back and do some poking around in there too

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell commented on: Fishnet Chords & Rhythm Jul 20, 2013

whoa, something funky got caught in the fishnet

 
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