Scott Nowlan

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: 3 Hours Past Midnight Chords and Intro Sep 07, 2013

Will do, Duke.  This works!

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Slow Blues in C Lesson 1 Sep 01, 2013

Duke, can you tell me a song or songs where I would find these chord changes?  I can look them up.  I like this progression lots.  

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Slow Blues in C Lesson 1 Aug 28, 2013

That would be great.  Looking forward to it !

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Slow Blues in C Lesson 1 Aug 22, 2013

I'm all over the place looking at your materials here.  

One thing I am really interested in is learning the art of the slow Blues from the stand point of good rhythm playing (i.e. chord substitution, chord shape selection, walking up to the chord, etc).  How do I learn these beautiful progressions and moves?  

You have an incredible grasp of how advanced chords go together.  I hope as you teach us you can show us more of the slow minor Blues and unlock some of those secrets.    

I grew up in Blues Chicago, Checkerboard Lounge (original, briefly), and Buddy Guy's Legends.  I think I must have caught the last of the true improvisational Blues guitar era in the 80s where a Blues musician would spend a good portion of the evening jamming over the rhythm.  Man, that spoke to me.  I crave it.  That's where I want to go.  I need the road map.  I haven't been able to find anyone that knows it willing to show it. 

  

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: The Stumble 1st and 2nd Verse Aug 16, 2013

Awesome ! 

Funny thing.  Yesterday, I listened all the way through Blues-o-rama THREE times on the train ride to work.  Great stuff !

Big Joe Turner is one of my favorites and Cherry Red is a go - to song for me.  Found this Blues For A Cure - Cherry Red on YouTube.  Beautiful performance, Duke.  I just had to share. 

http://youtu.be/BkKBImSlOVA

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Chicago Blues in E Lesson 3 Jul 29, 2013

Really appreciate the Chicago Blues !  This is great stuff.  This should be Music 101 for everyone that ever picked up a guitar. 

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Sweet Home Chicago Solo, First Verse Jul 29, 2013

I would be good with Freddie King.  That's my coffee before I get to Starbucks !

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Scott Nowlan commented on: Sweet Home Chicago Vocal Rhythm & Fills Jul 20, 2013

I'd love to learn Five Long Years.  Right now I'm listening to Lurry Bell play it.  Do it your way.  I'm looking for guitar skills. 

By the way, I really like your Duke's Blues CD.  Highly recommended.  Top shelf.  Low Down and Tore Up too!  Excellent. This is what I reach for when I need to shake off the working stiffness. 

When I'm sitting on the train in the morning, I consistently reach for Freddy King, Robert Nighthawk, Big Joe Turner, John Lee Hooker, Magic Slim, Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, etc.  Now, I'm reaching for the Duke!  Man, I love your energy and spirit when you play.  As I recoupe what guitar skills I might have had earlier in life, this is exactly what I've been looking for.  Thank you for these lessons. 

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Sweet Home Chicago Vocal Rhythm & Fills Jul 19, 2013

Love Magic Sam!  I can listen to his boogie for a straight hour. 

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Scott Nowlan commented on: Fishnet Ending Jul 05, 2013

Duke, I play a Korean made Epi Sheridan.  It's actually a relatively new experience for me as I played strats mostly and acoustic. 

This may be a left field question, but I find lots of amps that just don't take it very well.  Ends up muddy from the humbuckers.  What are you playing through in these lessons?  Any suggestions ?

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Fishnet Chords & Rhythm Jul 04, 2013

Alright then.  Sat down and got to it.  Great song. 

The only thing I can't make out is:

From Presidents to Preachers,

They all want to ?

I'm sure it's obvious. 

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Fishnet Solo Lesson 1 Jun 22, 2013

Duke, just found out you played Fitzgeralds last Friday.  That's 8 blocks from the house I grew up in and my live music stomping grounds.  Man, I wish I had my act together to come and see you play.  I'll have to watch your gig schedule closer.

I've been watching your Guitar Method Volume 1 DVD today.  Excellent.  Exactly want I need to learn.  I am going to focus like a lazer beam on this material and get it into my guitar language.  Was there a sequel to this? Maybe this website?  There is great material here!

I am rounding up all your instructional material and settling in.  I really need to learn Chicago Blues.  My buddies are pushing me on stage.  I am so grateful for your instruction.  Your style and energy has reignited my guitar playing journey.

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Fishnet Chords & Rhythm Jun 14, 2013

This is great.  Can you provide lyrics?  I was at a guitar jam last night.  This would have been fun, even with just the chords.  I'm sure my hot shot buddy could have come up with the lead.

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: If I Had You Chords for B Section May 17, 2013

Sounds great acoustically!

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Blues After Hours Lesson 1 May 05, 2013

OK.  For everyone's benefit, pick up a copy of the CD by Big Joe Turner called "Everyday I Have the Blues".  All of the songs are with Pee Wee Crayton and Sonny Stitt. 

This one CD is one of my all time favorite Blues CDs ever.  Best experienced with a quiet room and a glass of wine.  It'll make you say "whoa", guaranteed.

Thomas Washington
Thomas Washington Jan 27, 2016

Scott, just came across this lesson a couple of weeks ago. Followed your suggestion and received the BJT LP today, vintage. Great suggestion--what an education-thank you. Let me know what else you'd recommend from Big Joe Turner. 

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Blues After Hours Lesson 1 May 04, 2013

Just LOVE Pee Wee Crayton on Big Joe Turner's tunes!  Man, that's good.

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: 3 Hours Past Midnight Double Stops & Chord Riffs May 04, 2013

Duke.  Do you have any suggestions for playing the three string slides with one finger?  My fingers must be damp because they stick on the strings.  You think as I practice this I might get calluses that will make that smoother?  Maybe a lighter touch? 

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Eddie Taylor Bad Boy Solo 2 May 02, 2013

OK.  Last summer I stumbled upon Robert Nighthawks material and I keep coming back to it on my ipod.  Don't suppose you could bring some of that out in a Blues-a-Rama?

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Eddie Taylor Lesson 1 May 02, 2013

Don't suppose you know where Eddie Burns came in.  Just starting to learn names of these folks and looking for relationships between them.  I hang out with Rockin' Johnny, Minoru, and Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band.  They are looking for me to learn these moves so I can play when they are at the local bars.  I LOVE this music.  It's all I listen to now.

Congrats on your hookup with Bob Dylan!  Looking forward to seeing.

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan commented on: Eddie Taylor Lesson 1 Apr 29, 2013

Can't wait to get started with these lessons.  I been looking for a good teacher of this kind of Blues material.  Well, here it is.  Going to get a cup of coffee, my guitar, and jump right in. 

 
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