Thanks a lot, Duke!! The ending popped in my head at the last minute and I couldn't help myself. ;-) My goal is to be good enough to do guitar gigs by summer 2020. I'll be living in Bloomington, Indiana by then, so the competition will be a lot less fierce than here in Los Angeles where I live now. Honestly -- how do you think I'm doing towards that goal? Is it realisitic? Thanks Duke!
Hey Duke! Great set of lessons, it's been a fun tune to work on. I feel a lot more confident. Would love to hear what you think about this one.
And Charlie, nice job! That White Falcon is really beautiful. It must feel like you're driving a Lincoln Continental when you're playing that thing!
Hope you enjoy my take on this, Duke! Best to you, the Dutchess and Miss Minnie. Bruce
Thanks Bruce, lovely stuff yourself, really dig those chord things you’re doing.
The Falcon is a beautiful guitar. Haven’t bonded with her yet (almost feels too nice to play, which is my dumb excuse : )
One of the great things about your lessons is being introduced to players like Billy Butler and Bill Jennings. There's enough to keep a student busy for years!
But I also love it when you demystify stuff by popular greats like Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Guitar Slim, Freddy, Albert and of course B.B. King. Even when the song is a familiar one, it's interesting finding out how much more there is to a song when I work on learning to play it.
I'd love it if you did more Herb Ellis stuff. Herb is my hero and those recordings you did with him are a treasure.
I'd love to learn another one of those John Lee Hooker hypnotizing rhythm songs. Or Lightnin' Hopkins!
Anything from Nat King Cole or Charles Brown.
I'd be very interested in seeing your take on playing slide. I worked on a couple of tunes with Corey and that was interesting, though Corey was insisting that I keep my thumb behind the neck parallel to the slide. My thumb disagreed and thought it should be at a right angle to the slide. So I was happy the other day to see a video of Al Wilson from Canned Heat playing with his thumb sticking out just like mine.
I'd love to work on some more swing chord rhythm stuff. I know most people think it's boring just playing chords, but it sure sounds pretty when it's done well.
Maybe some rockabilly?
Hello Duke! Some day I might get lucky, but I've tried and I've tried and it's a hard way to go. Bruce
Hey Duke! Happy Thanksgiving! Here's my attempt at this one. Please let me know what you think! Best, Bruce
Thanks a lot, Duke!!! Have a great gig!
Hey Duke! I had a lot of fun with this one, as you promised. This one passed the wife seal of approval (i.e. she stopped by the guitar room and remarked that it was sounding really good), so here's hoping you like it too. Congrats on that new '48 Epi! Best, Bruce
Hey Bruce, Sounds really good, I agree! I'm glad you're having fun with it. I love playing it! In fact going to a gig soon and I'll play it tonight. Like the Take the A train quote!
Hey Duke! I wanted to run this by you to see if I've got the timing correct in the bridge. I'm playing the rhythm as indicated in the score on the first lesson, so hopefully he transcribed it correctly. This tune has been a lot of fun to work on and really pushed me in great new ways. Looking forward to hearing the track and will do another version with it. Thanks for the great lesson! Bruce
Hey Duke! Thanks for the great lesson and all the wisdom. I'm glad you left space for vocals, I really enjoyed singing on this one. It is really hard to stick to T-Bone appropriate licks only when improvising! Please let me know what you think! Best, Bruce.
Hey Duke! As challenged, here is my version with you and Brad doing the backing track. Thanks for the track (and the challenge), it's really great to play with! I did speed it up to match the tempo of the original. Since I learned to play with it the original, this felt way too slow. I'm attempting to sing it, so don't say I didn't warn you. ;-) Hope you like it! Let me know what you think! Thanks, Bruce
Hey Peter! Great job! Your playing gets better with each video, and it's obvious you're having more fun too. Nice to see! Keep it going! Regards, Bruce
Happy Birthday, Buddy Guy!!
Hey Duke! Wow, trying to play like Buddy is like learning to speak Martian! He builds his own universe there for a few seconds, then *bang!* and you're back in Chicago. "In the middle of the floor" -- I was never able to understand that lyric until you sang it! I found that Buddy's guitar mostly appears in the right channel on the original record, so I made a version from just the left channel where you can really only hear a ghost of Buddy's original track and it makes a great backing track. I just love the way the Fred Below rolls into the IV chord during the 1st harp solo. I had a lot of fun working on this one. Looking forward to hearing what you think! Best, Bruce
Good job copping Buddy's licks! Now lets see you post to my track playing your own lick in Buddy's style!
I have the old Delmark vinyl with Buddy listed as "Friendly Chap". It is amazing how even a flub sounds bluesy when played by Buddy Guy. That was really interesting to see that Dom 7 chord shape that you said was used heavily in Chicago blues playing. Are there some other things you could talk about that help to define the Chicago blues playing style that differentiate it from (for example) T-Bone Walker/Texas blues playing? Would you say that the Chicago sound was defined by Muddy Waters? I remember Muddy used a form of that Dom 7 chord on the V7 in "Gypsy Woman", but he was playing to low E open. Thanks Duke!
Thanks very much, Duke! That is extremely gratifying to hear. I really appreciate the observations. Thanks for the great lesson! I sure learned a lot! This is a tune that will be an "every day player" for me for a long time to come. I really get a kick out of playing it.
Hey Duke! I've had a lot of fun and learned a lot working on this one. I worked on your parts and then went back and did my best to play my version/interpretation of Pee Wee's licks in an effort to sound like Bruce Dumes playing Pee Wee and not Bruce Dumes playing Duke playing Pee Wee! So I'm playing it in Bb along with Pee Wee. If only Pee Wee had given me a count off, I could have started it with him! ;-) Hope you like it! Bruce
Great job Bruce! Really with it all the way. When the chord riffing comes in and you play the 6th chord instead of the BB triad it sounds good along with the record. Almost western swing. Excellent version!
Great song! This one will really be fun. It reminded me of "Guitar Shuffle" by Lowel Fulson, which I love, so now I'm working on both of them. I have a 78 of Guitar Shuffle. ;-) Looking forward to your new online show at The Blues Alley (6PM EST tomorrow, June 10 - Google it) to hear more great music! Thanks Duke!
Oh man, I have always this! So raw and unique...
Thanks, Duke! Yup, that's my Twin Tone! I am definately feeling more and more comfortable with the grooves, the pocket, and the spaces between the notes. Even my wife and neighbors have remarked on it! They get to hear my progress whether they want to or not. ;-) Thanks again for the great lesson and kind words! Bruce
Hey Duke! So here's a stab at this one. It was a lot of fun to play with you! And the new "Duke Twin Tone" was very inspiring. Hope you like this one, please let me know what you think. Bruce
That sounds great Bruce! It also sounds like you are getting comfortable with my laid back grooves. That's good! Was that the twin tone you were playing there? Duke
Hey Duke! I'm still working on this and I'm absolutely loving the challenge. Hearing my playing in context with yours was a real eye opener! ;-) This set of lessons is fantastic. All of the improv advice is such great stuff and the way you discuss makes it so easy to grok. I'm going to come back and listen to these over and over. I wanted to share a pic of my new guitar with you. I was stunned how beautiful it was -- it is way prettier than the pictures. It sounds great and plays great, especially now that I put on a set of 10s. I like the heavier strings -- the lighter ones are hard for my fingers to hold onto when I bend. Anyway -- I'll have a video for you soon, but I wanted you to know how meaningful this set of lessons has been! Thanks Duke! Bruce
Thanks Bruce, I enjoyed sharing all the ideas with everyone. Wow, your a twin Tone real does like nice! I'm glad you're digging it!
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