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Floyd's Guitar Blues

2nd Chorus Breakdown

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Floyd's Guitar Blues > 2nd Chorus Breakdown

Hi Folks,

This week we are working on the second chorus of Floyd's Guitar Blues. We are up at the 13th fret in F for this chorus. It's single string lines that are bent in a way to sound like they are play on a steel guitar. Simple, slow and very cool.






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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Floyd's Guitar Blues

Loop 0:50 Practice Loop of Second Chorus


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 3:19 Breakdown of Intro

Loop 16:14 Closing Thoughts










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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 01, 2019

Hi Marty, Thanks for that one! That is a great idea and I'll come up with a classic tune to teach in this genre. I've been recording a love of songs in this genre lately for different artists. Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 01, 2019

Hi Bruce, Thanks for your input! All great ideas. I have to say, my students have great taste in music! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 01, 2019

Hi Charlie, Thanks so much for your input and comments. It's good to know that you are interested in the direction I love and teach. Thanks, Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 17, 2019

Hey Everyone, I would like to hear some suggestions from all of you as to particular things you would like to learn. Songs, styles etc. I may not be able to teach many of them but I'm sure some of your suggestions will be in my wheelhouse. I welcome the chance to see what you'd like to learn from me. Duke

charlie Feb 18, 2019

I totally trust your taste Duke (you haven't let us down so far!) But, as you're asking, I'm especially in love with the Billy Butler, Bill Jennings school. And, similar but a little earlier, anything from Johnny Moore.

I'd also love to get deeper into Les Paul's style - anything from your 'Tales from the Tikki Lounge' would be awesome. And I'd love to explore the way Robert Lockwood played on those Little Walter records.

Also, some of the great jazz blues players, especially Kenny Burrell and Grant Green would be cool. And, if you want to go right back, then anything on Eddie Lang would be great.

But, again, totally trust your taste. You're a great teacher and I'm getting loads from you and SJ. Yesterday I got together with a Hammond player and drummer - we worked on 'Glide On' and the drummer played your version as reference. I was SO proud to say you were my teacher : )

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 25, 2019

One of the great things about your lessons is being introduced to players like Billy Butler and Bill Jennings. There's enough to keep a student busy for years!

But I also love it when you demystify stuff by popular greats like Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Guitar Slim, Freddy, Albert and of course B.B. King. Even when the song is a familiar one, it's interesting finding out how much more there is to a song when I work on learning to play it.

I'd love it if you did more Herb Ellis stuff. Herb is my hero and those recordings you did with him are a treasure. 

I'd love to learn another one of those John Lee Hooker hypnotizing rhythm songs. Or Lightnin' Hopkins! 

Anything from Nat King Cole or Charles Brown. 

I'd be very interested in seeing your take on playing slide. I worked on a couple of tunes with Corey and that was interesting, though Corey was insisting that I keep my thumb behind the neck parallel to the slide. My thumb disagreed and thought it should be at a right angle to the slide. So I was happy the other day to see a video of Al Wilson from Canned Heat playing with his thumb sticking out just like mine.  

I'd love to work on some more swing chord rhythm stuff. I know most people think it's boring just playing chords, but it sure sounds pretty when it's done well. 

Maybe some rockabilly? 


Marty Perry
Marty Perry Feb 28, 2019

Hi Duke,

I'd love a lesson on gospel style blues. Something along the lines of Worth Waiting' On from your Blues Full Circle album.

Thanks- Marty
Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 17, 2019

Hi Charlie, Thanks. Billy Butler may have played some sort of solid body on this tune. Perhaps even a Strat. He often used Epiphone archtop with DeArmond floating pickups. Gibsons also. Later in his career he also used and L-5 S (solid body L-5) Like most guitarist he wasn't restricted to one guitar.  

charlie Feb 10, 2019

Thanks Duke. Great lesson! Love that Strat, great tone! Do you know what guitar Billy Butler was playing in the days he made this recording?

PS can you turn me on to some other albums with Billy Butler. I have a lot of his work with Bill Doggett and the great album he made with Dinah Washington. Anything else you could recommend?

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 01, 2019

Charlie, I'm not aware of that album Billy Butler did with Dinah. What is it called? Billy has a few solo albums on Prestige also. Some of my favorite Billy Butler is on an album called Goodness by Houston Person. It's some of his best playing! Duke

charlie Mar 01, 2019

Thanks for the tip, I'm getting that album right now! The Dinah album is 'Back to the Blues' (I bet you have it somehwere - if not you're gonna love it : ) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Blues_(Dinah_Washington_album)

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