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Chicago Blues Riffs and Backing Track

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Muddy Waters Basics > Chicago Blues Riffs and Backing Track

Hi Friends,

This week we are finishing up Hoochie Coochie Man with some additional riffs and thoughts about how to play it with two guitars. I add a few more licks and give general advice about playing this classic. Next week we start a new song. As always, sugestions are welcome.

Have a great holiday!

Cheers, Duke




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
Chicago Blues
Jimmy Rodgers
Muddy Waters
Hoochie Coochie Man

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:12 Main Riff and Variation Ideas

Loop 2:35 Jimmy Reed Rhythm with the Main Riff

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Jimmy Reed Rhythm

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Loop 3:36 Robert Lockwood Style Double Stops

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Loop 4:35 Closing Thoughts

Loop 6:16 Backing Track





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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 31, 2014

And Happy New year to you Peter. Good job! Nice idea putting a little slide in there. Nice job on the guitar solo too and the vocal. My only critisim is your got ahead of yourself on the turnaround coming out of the solo. Good work though otherwise. I can see quite a lot of improvement! 

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman Dec 30, 2014

Bob, let's do it! 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 31, 2014

Hey Guys, That's a great idea. Is that possible that 2 different people can work on the same track. If it is, we can bring this to a whole new level! 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 30, 2014

You're welcome Frank! 

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura Dec 30, 2014

Frank Nice job on Hoochie coochie Man!  As A harp player it would be cool to trade off on the signature riff with a guitarist!  Again ... Great job

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman Dec 30, 2014

Duke and Mike, thanks for the feed back. 


Mike, the tone I got was from playing humbuckers through a cranked up fender champ. I played it on the bridge pick up with the tone nob down to 3 or 4. You gotta love that woman tone!

happy new year everyone.

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Dec 30, 2014

That is my first New Year's resolution!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 30, 2014

Let's hear your version Scott........

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Dec 29, 2014

Boy, you guys nailed it.  I've got some work to do !

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 29, 2014

Hey Frank, Man you sound great! Good to hear those nimble fingers again, welcome back! Duke 

Frank Sellman
Frank Sellman Dec 29, 2014

 Duke, I've been away from the lessons for a while but jumping back in. I listened to an early recording by Muddy and tried to copy the harp line on the stop time sections. Great stuff. Hope you are well and happy holidays.



Mike Caren
Mike Caren Dec 29, 2014

Sweet!!  Love the tone and phrasing of the solo.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 28, 2014

Hi Charlie, You actually did very well. I understand what you said about the balance between the track and your amp. It's hard to really get timing correct when you don't have both track and amp volume right. That being said, all the things you played were right in the proper style of the song. The solo wa also very good and appropriate for the song. Good work! Duke 

charlie Dec 28, 2014

 Hi Duke and Brad (and everyone on SJ) - here's my cut. I have loved Muddy Waters for many many years now (first time I heard him was on the Folk Singer album someone gave me when I was 16 - also heard Buddy Guy for the first time too). Trouble I've always had when trying to play like him and his bands is a tendancy to over play -probably because I listened to a lot of Hendrix as a child! 

Here I've shadowed the main riff and then played lines/fills over the rest. I'm concious of some mistakes coming out of turnarounds into riff again - and I may be out of time on occasion (in my defense I'm next to useless with anything remotley techy, so I struggled to get the balance between backing track and my amp right and couldn't hear the track too well).

Happy new year to you - best thing about 2014 was finding SJ! As for future lessons I totally trust your taste - but if you're asking I'd love to try 'Johnnys Blues' (saw a video of you and Paul K doing it as a duo), or anything by Bill Jennings...

mike shore`
mike shore` Dec 26, 2014

your video does not load


Mike Caren
Mike Caren Dec 26, 2014

Hi Mike --- welcome to Sonic Junction and sorry for the issue.  The video is up and streaming --- so the issue is likely an interaction between our service and your system.

Can you tell me a bit more about your system so we can isolate and fix your issue

1. what kind of computer do you have?

2. what browser are you using to view the website?

3. how do you connect to the internet?  --- we use HD video which requires a high speed connection

You can email me directly at --- mike@sonicjunction.com --- and we will get you up and running.


Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Dec 26, 2014

Duke, we need to get him setup on Sonic Junction to teach Blues bass.  My buddy has been looking for a way to slide in lessons somehow.  This is a great modern medium.  

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 27, 2014

I will speak to Mike about that. He would be very good at it! 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 26, 2014

Peter, We are considering doing  lesson with the whole rhythm section. He's just playing E G A and he's slapping the strings to give it rhythmic power like Willie Dixon or Big Crawford would possibly do. Duke

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Dec 26, 2014


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