Bruce Dumes

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Robbins Nest Backing Track and Melody Practice Loop Oct 07, 2018

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

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Robbins Nest Improvisation and Soloing Sep 30, 2018

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

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Shuffling with T-Bone Backing Track Aug 31, 2018

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.

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Slow Chicago Blues Backing Track Aug 04, 2018

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 

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Texas Jump Blues Final Shout Chorus Aug 01, 2018

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

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Slow Chicago Blues Improvisation Jul 30, 2018

Happy Birthday, Buddy Guy!!

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Slow Chicago Blues Improvisation Jul 29, 2018

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

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Aug 02, 2018

Good job copping Buddy's licks! Now lets see you post to my track playing your own lick in Buddy's style! 

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Slow Chicago Blues Intro and Rhythm Jul 14, 2018

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! 

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Texas Jump Blues Final Shout Chorus Jul 10, 2018

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.    

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Texas Jump Blues Final Shout Chorus Jun 30, 2018

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

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 10, 2018

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!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jul 10, 2018

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.    

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Texas Jump Blues Intro, Rhythm and First Verse Jun 09, 2018

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! 

 

 

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 10, 2018

Oh man, I have always this! So raw and unique...

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Shuffling and Soloing In G Soloing in 2nd Position, Part 2 May 30, 2018

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

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Shuffling and Soloing In G Soloing in 2nd Position, Part 2 May 27, 2018

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

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 30, 2018

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 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 30, 2018

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

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Shuffling and Soloing In G Soloing in 2nd Position, Part 2 May 25, 2018

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

 

 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 30, 2018

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! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Shuffling and Soloing In G Soloing In First Position May 05, 2018

Very cool licks, Duke! I just ordered myself a Duke signature Twin Tone! Can't wait to get it. 

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Bruce Dumes commented on: T-Bone Walker Slow Blues Rhythm Variations Apr 24, 2018

Thanks, Duke. A little better all the time...

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Bruce Dumes commented on: T-Bone Walker Slow Blues Rhythm Variations Apr 15, 2018

Hey Duke! After I recorded my backing track for I'm Still In Love With You, I was feeling pretty good so I decided to throw in a "bonus track". It's a review of "Flying Home";  I've struggled for years to get the phrasing both relaxed and "swingy" enough. 

So on the video, I start with the backing track for T-Bone, and then cut to my overdub of vocal and lead, and then back to the backing track take where I do Flying Home. I sure love this T-Bone song, and never really gave it enough of a listen before. I'm surprised at my own singing -- I'm not sure where all those voices came from, but I sure have fun singing it. 

Hope you enjoy it, Duke! I would be very grateful for any feedback! 

Best,

Bruce

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 23, 2018

Sounds great Bruce. My only comment is when you go to the every thing you say part you should be right on the F chord to the Bb quicker on the vocal a bit. Sounds good though. Duke 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Apr 24, 2018

Thanks, Duke. A little better all the time...

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Slow Blues in C Lesson 1 Apr 03, 2018

Thanks very much, Duke! I will keep your advice in mind.

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Frankie and Johnny Solo - Stop Time Chorus Apr 02, 2018

Thanks Duke!

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Bruce Dumes commented on: Worried Life Blues Intro and Rhythm Breakdown Feb 22, 2018

Hey Duke! So, as promised, here's a version with a solo! I would love to hear your thoughts on it. I'm trying really hard to put across some emotion in this one, and it would be really helpful for me to know how I'm doing. Does my voice come across as emotional in a good way or just like I'm really constipated (as a friend once described my singing -- seriously!! ) ? Thanks, Duke. Hope to hear from you.

 

 

 

 
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