Hey Duke! I must admit, after learning the original riff, I kind of like that better, but it is really hard to get the Buddy Guy/Junior Wells version out of my head. It kept messing with my tempo too. ;-) Anyway, here it is. Would love to get your thoughts on it! Thanks, Bruce
Thanks so much, Duke! I truly believe that a good attitude is imperitive to so many things in life. I feel very positive and optimistic and my doctor is also very encouraged. I wouldn't recommend it for a vacation activity ;-) but so many folks have to deal with so much worse. My life is grand, really.
I love playing this tune and I love George's version! I think this tune has really helped my phrasing, I'm feeling more confident and comfortable. I was just reading a bit from a 1960 interview in Down Beat with John Coltrane. He was talking about the musician that he called his "first love", Johnny Hodges: "And the confidence with which Rabbit plays! I wish I could play with that confidence." Even the magnificent John Coltrane struggled with it!
Your encouragement means a whole lot, more than I know how to say; it makes me feel like I can play even better and more sincerely. Thanks again.
Hey Duke! Thanks very much, that's really exciting and encouraging to hear! I felt pretty good about it, but it's so hard for me to judge my own playing and your feedback is the fuel I need. I don't care much about fame and fortune (not very much, anyway); I just want to play well. Thanks again! Bruce
Hey Duke. I'm really hoping you'll comment on this one. Even though I'm not completely satisfied with it, I think it's a step forward. As I've mentioned, my goal is to be good enough by next summer to play some gigs. Would be very grateful for some honest feedback regarding that goal. This has been a tough year -- just finished 12 chemo cycles (6 months total! Diagnosed with the big C last December...) so my hair has gone white and has also gone away in some spots. But I'm still alive and rockin' as best I can. Please let me know what you think. Hope you had a great time in Belgium and Spain with the Dutchess! Best, Bruce
PS I'm *really* looking forward to "You Don't Love Me Baby". As you can see, I've already got the t-shirt! ;-)
Hi Bruce, First off, I'm sorry to,hear about your health issue. I have many friends that have been keeping up the fight and winning so keep the good attitude up. It's good to hear you play this tune. I like your use of double stops in the melody and solo section. Sounds like you are comfortable with the bridge also. It's a really fun song and he'll, even George Harrison liked playing it! Keep up the good playing and keep on the sunny side! Duke
Hey Duke! Here's my take at this. Please let me know what you think! I'm trying my best to tell a story; not sure if it's working, but I'm trying.
Nice stuff, Charlie! You are always very musical and it's fun to hear in your playing how much this music means to you.
Hey Bruce, Sounds great, you're getting the T-Bone feel now. I can hear a more relaxed feel in your playing which is good. It's getting more in the pocket and your riffs are vert T-Bonesque. Keep up the good work! Duke
Hey Bruce - thanks so much my friend (and sorry for the late 'thanks'! Only just seen your kind comment)
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.
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