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Fishnet > Chords & Rhythm

Hi Folks, This week we are starting on a fun tune of mine called "Fishnet." It is actually a 13 bar blues but seems totally natural when playing it. It's a funky groove in G and has an interesting 5 change which starts on the 5 and descends chromatically with 13th chords leaving out the B chord only until you reach the 1 chord (G). It will be a lot of fun to play over these changes so first learn the different ways to play the rhythm and next we will approach soloing on it.

Enjoy! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Duke Robillard
Johnny Adams

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Fishnet background listening: Fishnet , Body and Fender Man and Outskirts of Town

loop @ 0:00 Fishnet intro 

loop @ 1:49 inspiration and approach to Fishnet

loop @ 4:35 chord voicings (13 bar blues in the key of G)

%10/3.X/X.9/2.10/3.8/1.X/X[G7] %8/T.X/X.8/1.9/2.11/4.X/X[C7]

Chromatic run down

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loop @ 7:16 rhythm run-through

loop @ 8:55 chord variations

%X/X.10/2.X/X.10/3.8/1.10/4[G7] %X/X.X/X.8/1.9/2.11/4.8/1[C7]

loop @ 11:13 rhythm variations (garbage band funk)

loop @ 13:28 closing thoughts


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Mark Jan 11, 2018


I would like to cover your song Fishnet at my local blues jam. I believe I have most of the lyrics just from listening to it. Would it be possible to view the lyrics somehow ? I searched the net but couldn’t find them. 

Thanks !

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 18, 2013

Hi Lizalu, Thank you very much! I am glad you are getting so much enjoyment out of my lessons. I am enjoying doing them as well! Duke 


awesome awesome awesome awesome. I have been so inspired by your lessons, listening, playing, listening more. I LOVE the background recommendations...stuff I might not find. That Johnny Adams: Body and Fender Man is a totally funky great groove. thanks x million. It's all going into the grab bag of tricks, for gigs, for fun... 

Steve H
Steve H Oct 17, 2013



  Here's my take on both grooves...


Thanks for all the great lessons,



Mlesvenan Aug 19, 2013

Hi! Thanks for your lesson - love your style in this song! 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 28, 2013

Hi Alan, You got got the groove thing there, sounds good! Duke

Allan Mandell
Allan Mandell Jul 20, 2013

whoa, something funky got caught in the fishnet

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 20, 2013

Sounds good Alan. Looking forward to it. Duke 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 09, 2013

Sounds good Alan. Duke 

alanj Jul 09, 2013

Thanks. Im working on it and changed it up a bit. I'm watching your picking hand more. I'll post another and some leads.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 09, 2013

Hi Alan, Sounds good. The trick to making it sound more energetic is in more a wrist snap type thing. Try a more lose and faster wrist movement and it will feel less lazy. You are very close, Duke 

alanj Jul 08, 2013

Finally after 1 and a half days I figured how to load a video!! Use the Iphone! Whenever I hear myself play rhythm it kind of sounds like I'm lagging.

alanj Jul 08, 2013

I hope this worked!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 05, 2013

Hi Peter, My advice is to use less strings. You are really making it harder than it is by baring the chords. on the 1 chord, make a ninth chord formation then only hit the G, D and A strings. On the 4 and 5 chords only bar from the high E string to the D string with your 1st finger and play the third with your second finger. For the decending 13th chords only bar the first to the 4th string. and use your 2nd finger for the third and your 3rd finger for the 6th note. Just using the 4 top strings, once you are used to it, will make it infinately easier to play. Forget about full bar chords, I never use them. the low E string is totally unnecessary her. Hope this helps, Duke 



Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jul 05, 2013

Hi Scott, Its 'they all walk the wilder side" (Ol' Bill Clinton and EVERY politician!) Duke

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan 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. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jun 18, 2013

Hey Peter, There is an Ab after the A chord. Duke 

Tom K.
Tom K. Jun 18, 2013

Real nice Duke .  Thanks .

Dan Jun 15, 2013

Thanks playing it tonight!!


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jun 15, 2013

Hi Scott, my album version is posted here so it should be pretty easy to write down the lyrics from listening. If there's a part you can't understand I'll gladly tell you what it is. Duke 

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