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Chicago Blues in E

Lesson 2

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Howdy Folks! I hope you're ready to dig in to some lowdown blues in E this week. In last weeks lesson we went over some rhythm and some lines playing on the top strings while filling in some bottom with long tones on the E or A string. This week we dive into my treasury of E blues lines where I demonstrate just about every line I know from E Chicago style blues. Many ways to use E7 chord fragments and 9ths basic old style solo riffs and more. I teach literally all the riffs and ideas I use in this style so folks, Don't forget you can also use a capo for the same fingering in different keys.

I give it all away here! Enjoy

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
key of E
Chicago Blues
Jimmy Rodgers
Muddy Waters

Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 2:00 to practice the baseline rhythm


loop @ 6:45 to practice the E7 to Emin chords forms

%X/X.X/X.2/1.4/3.3/2.4/4[E7] %X/X.X/X.2/1.3/3.2/2.3/4[Edim]


loop @ 10:00 to practice Duke's interpretation of Honey Bee


loop @ 13:49 to practice the different E7 chord forms .. enjoy


loop @ 15:28 to practice going to the IV chord (tab for 15:56 to 16:10)

$3.2^v 0 $4.2 $6.0 $2.0.$1.0 $2.0.$1.0 $2.3 $2.0.$1.0 $3.2^v p0 $4.2 $3.2^v p0 $4.2 $6.0 $1.0 |
$3.2^ 2^ h2 h2 0 $4.2 $6.0 $2.0.$1.0 | $3./7 $2.5.$1.7 $2.5.$1.7 $3.7 $2.5.$1.7 $2.5.$1.7 $3.7 $2.5.$1.7 | $3.5/6 $2.5.$1.7 $2.5.$1.7 $3.6 $2.5.$1.7 $2.5.$1.7 $3.6 $2.5.$1.7


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Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 06, 2012

Hi Brian .. added some tab for Duke's riffs around 16:00..  Also, let me know if there any more riffs that catch you ear and want tab for after you get these down.  Enjoy!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 04, 2012

My next lessons will be with my bassist Brad Hallen, demonstrating the best bass lines to be played with the Chicago style blues in E we have been working on. Coming very soon! Enjoy, Duke

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 03, 2012

Hi Brian .. I would be happy to transcribe some more.  Any riffs in particular you would like me to do?    

(start and stop timecodes would be great)



Mario Abbagliati
Mario Abbagliati Mar 26, 2012

Thanks for the reply, Duke.  What's your preference regarding the bass player's line when you are playing a Jimmy Reed style groove like the one on this example? It would be great to have a lesson with your bass player!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 26, 2012

Good question Mario, obviously it depends on the song and the players. Soimetimes doubling the line is cool like Fuzz jones did with the 70s muddy Waters Band but often the older guys played a 2 beat bass figure (1/5 1/5) with fills at the end of each change. That's usually what I prefer and maybe I can get my bass fiddle player to do a lesson with me to demonstrate that. If the lines is doubled but in just quater notes instead of doing the double shuffle feel on the bass that works well also.

Mario Abbagliati
Mario Abbagliati Mar 26, 2012

Hi Duke, great stuff!  

Regarding the bassline at the beginning of the lesson, what approach do you like a bass player to follow so it complements what you do?  Do you like it when they double the line?  How much of that is talked in advance and how much of it is spontaneous? 



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