Frank Sellman

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: Muddy Waters Basics Chicago Blues Riffs and Backing Track Dec 30, 2014

Bob, let's do it! 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 31, 2014

Hey Guys, That's a great idea. Is that possible that 2 different people can work on the same track. If it is, we can bring this to a whole new level! 

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: Muddy Waters Basics Chicago Blues Riffs and Backing Track Dec 30, 2014

Duke and Mike, thanks for the feed back. 

 

Mike, the tone I got was from playing humbuckers through a cranked up fender champ. I played it on the bridge pick up with the tone nob down to 3 or 4. You gotta love that woman tone!

happy new year everyone.

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: Muddy Waters Basics Chicago Blues Riffs and Backing Track Dec 29, 2014

 Duke, I've been away from the lessons for a while but jumping back in. I listened to an early recording by Muddy and tried to copy the harp line on the stop time sections. Great stuff. Hope you are well and happy holidays.

Best,  

Frank

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Dec 29, 2014

Sweet!!  Love the tone and phrasing of the solo.

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: Cookin' Lesson 4 Feb 18, 2014

 Duke, this is a great tune. It's good for me to practice at this tempo. I did a few takes before I settled on this one and I notice that I made the head more comlicated than it is supposed to be. I prefer the original simple line you played...This is  full of sloppy notes but I would be up all night trying to play it clean. :-)

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: Romance in the Dark Intro & Fills Feb 16, 2014

Duke,

I hope you are feeling better and your hand heals soon. Looking forward to your guest teachers lessons in the mean time.  I've been working on this lesson on and off since you posted it last year. I still get lost in the changes at times, but it has taught me a lot and I never get tired of playing this type of music. I want to get better when I solo on this tune at knowing what notes to play over the 3-6-2-5 changes. I rely on the blues scale and feel but I don't have a toin of confidence. What is the best way to make progress on that?

Best,  Frank

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: Too Hot to Handle Soloing Lesson 2 Feb 08, 2014

 Duke, I have not learned the solo yet but this song has been a favorite of mine for years and I wanted to post a video so you could see where I'm at. I have not had a lot of time to practice the lessons recently but I'm getting back to it.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 09, 2014

Hi Frank --- that was AWESOME.  Love the singing, the Gatemouth licks and then BB'ish riffs.  Made my day, thanks for posting.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Feb 11, 2014

I would add even Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mike!!! :)

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: That's Alright Final Chorus Mar 19, 2013

Thanks Duke. That old Hummingbird feel like a worn out pair of jeans (In a good way).

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: That's Alright Final Chorus Mar 17, 2013

Thanks Mike. I appreciate all you do to make this site such an incredible source for learning. 

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: That's Alright Final Chorus Mar 17, 2013

Duke, i learned a lot from this lesson. There are so many nuances in the finger style playing you showed us that I can go back to this video over and over and not absorb it all. The biggest one is keeping the bass line going on the 4 chord and other times when there is a melody on the high strings. I learned more licks than I showed on the video but I had to keep it simple when singing, otherwise I lose the time. Thanks again. I'm looking forward to what ever is next!

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: That's Alright Final Chorus Mar 17, 2013

 Thanks Duke

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: Backstroke Endings Feb 15, 2013

Duke,  I love Albert Collins! Thank you for another great lesson. I'm still struggling to get the audio to work sometimes. Hope this comes through ok.

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: High Heel Sneakers Double Stops & Outro Feb 10, 2013

Duke, that tempo is a challenge. Great lesson. thanks.

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: High Heel Sneakers Solo Lesson 2 Jan 17, 2013

Duke, I'm sitting on a flight listening to Duke's Blues and occasionally I blurt out in laughter because the playing is just.... Ridiculous!! The guy sitting next to me thinks I'm nuts. Love Slipped In swings so hard.

Anyway, just want you to know I will post a video at some point, but between work travel and kids "dying with the flu" I have not had time to devote this week. 

Mike, great suggestion on singing the parts. I find that helps me open up the fretboard to play notes and phrases I'm not used to because my hands have muscle memory thatlimits me but my ear does not.

Peace, Frank

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: High Heel Sneakers Solo Lesson 1 Jan 06, 2013

Thanks Duke. I'm glad you liked my take on it. It is challenging for me to copy exactly what others do. I'm not sure if it is a lack of concentration or just a hard skill to master, but I will endeavor to comp as much as I can from these lessons.  The nuances are a big part of what make great players standout and separate me from where I want to be as a player.

By the way, you mentioned the Les Paul in my profile picture. I recently got that guitar. It is from 1952. No serial number. It had a broken head stock repaired at some point and a new pick up jack put in but its original otherwise. It was played a ton by whoever owned it all these years. there are big divots in the fret board from the wear. The P-90s are amazing. Very funky and then they roar, especially the neck pickup. I'm going to change the "under" bridge with either a Joe Glaser Modification or have a stop tail piece put in. I've been told a stop would sound better, but I'm reluctant to change the guitar too much. I'm curious what you would do with the bridge...

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: High Heel Sneakers Solo Lesson 1 Jan 06, 2013

 Duke, hopefully the audio is ok on this take. I learned it with a pick but found i could get funkier with just fingers. I hope that's ok. Your explaination of the changes over the 5 chord was very helpful. i play those sliding 9th chords a lot and that box has been under my fingers the whole time! i will have fun coming up with licks with the new box 

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: High Heel Sneakers Solo Lesson 1 Jan 05, 2013

Duke, this is a great lesson. I'm working out some kinks with my audio recording (the sound cuts in and out when I try to make a video) but i will figure it out and post a video soon. 

I'd love to learn more about the "box" you play in over the 5 chord. It sounds so good. Why does it work so well? Is it just a chromatic pattern outlining the 5 chord? It definately offers more than the standard pentatonic licks I typically play over that change.    

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman commented on: High Heel Sneakers Solo Lesson 1 Jan 04, 2013

Hi Duke. I am new to Sonic Junction. I am friends with Lou Rosano and went to see you one night with him a few years ago in NYC. I was inspired by your performance that night because of the breadth of influences you paid homage to and the way you made it look so easy. I had a gig with my band the next night and I still remember it because a little magic rubbed off on me. I have often thought how great it would be to have a chance to sit down and play some music with you and pick your brain about Freddie King, T-Bone, Kenny Burrell, etc etc. Then I randomly found this web site and I'm like a kid in a candy store. Thank you for sharing this wealth of knowledge. I'm looking forward to digging in!

 

 
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