This week we continue learning the solo for Drifting Blues. There are so many cool riffs in this solo it really gives you a good look into one of the most unique guitarists of the 1940s style. A real stylist and one of the best ever in the jazzy blues style of playing. The solo is not so technically hard but its harmonic complexity is revolutionary for it's time.
A really fun and beautiful tune!
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Whole Solo
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Loop 0:48 Breakdown of 2nd Half of Solo
Loop 10:46 Improvised Example
Loop 11:22 Closing Thoughts
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Hi Duke. So here's my version of the solo with your suggestions. I did take the liberty of adding a couple more notes that I hear in there. I don't know if it's right, but it's what I hear. ;-)
It's such an elegant solo; a challenge to learn and a pleasure to play. I think this one has been a very good exercise for my time, because the phrasing is so difficult to cop perfectly. It's very subtle, but you can hear him change voices in the solo. He starts out much more agressively and bluesy, with that inital long, slight bend. And then by the end he's bouncy and playful in his timing and it falls back beautifuly to Charles' voice.
So I tried to recreate the different "voices" I hear Moore playing. Not sure if it comes across, but it's in there somewhere. :-)
Thanks for the great lesson. I'm enjoying this one a lot.
Hi Peter, Very good. You have the notes right and as you said, it's fitting in until the last 4 bars. the problem is you are starting too late on the last section (the 5 change). I'm sure you'll find that soon. Good work! Duke
Hi Duke, here's my solo. I think I have notes correct (with some fat fingers), and the time approximately right. However, I can't get the last 2 measures to fit. Either it sounds rushed, or the notes run on into the next verse (as in this recording). What am I doing wrong?
To all my sonic junction students: I want to take a moment to say that I am so thankful for all your interest in my, and everyone elses lessons here at Sonic Junction. I feel we have a really great team here and Mike Caren the founder, is always working on ways to improve things here. I have a few ideas myself and hopefully will continue to expand on things here and make it an even better experience for you. All the best, Duke robillard
Thanks Charlie, I am very pleased that my Sonic Junction lessons are working for you! looking forward to hearing you play. Cheers, Duke
Thanks Duke - this Johnny Moore style is probably the coolest stuff on guitar! Always loved it but a combination of reverance and limited ability always kept playing it out of reach. I love how this (and all the lessons here on SJ) are opening up the guitar neck, getting me out of the blues box (not that there aren't a billion cool things in that box!!!) and using my little finger too.
Looking forward to the track coming - then I'll take a cut at a video...
On Charles Brown's album All My Life, on his song Early In the Morning, the guitar part is quite similar to this one, and parts of the first chorus of the solo are pretty much the same. It appears that Danny Caron, quite the player himself, was the guitarist on that one, I guess he's a Johnny Moore fan and studied him too! Johnny Moore, Danny Caron, Duke Robillard, we got it all!
Here's a link to Early in the Morning on Youtube
Here's a shot at it. No attempt at getting the timing to the recording right, that will have to come later, just trying to get the notes and the licks together.
hey Stevieboy, Great job! really, and nit sounds so good on that telacaster. Teles may be the worlds most versatile guitar. Great sound and playing. Keep it up! Duke