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I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water


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I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water > Chords

Hi Folks,

This week we are starting a new song. It's a classic blues from the 30s called "I Rather Drink Muddy Water." Although it's a relatively well known (due mostly from Lou Rawls 60s version it.) it's not often played with the original chords and melody.  We are taking it from my latest CD which incedently, won the Blues Music Award for best acoustic album of 2015 last week in Memphis.

We start as always with the chords and it's a nice progression which has a bit more to it than the usual blues. There's nice use of the 5 augmented here and a cool turnaround. So work on the chord progression and the two different ways to play the chords I demonstrate this week and next we'll work on all the different things you can play on it.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
Lou Rawls

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Crosspicked Wildwood Flower Melody

Loop 2:32 What You Will Learn This Week

Loop 10:22 Practice Loop of Intro and Chords


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 12:09 Chord Substitutions

Loop 17:02 Closing Thoughts





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Kevin Schroeder
Kevin Schroeder May 19, 2016

Congratulations,  Duke!  I just downloaded the album.   Great tune.  I am still working on it. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 16, 2016

Thanks Bruce, Well you really captured the vibe of that song! The two guitar parts sound really great together, good job.It's a fun song to solo on, we'll work on that next. Duke  

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 16, 2016

Thanks, Duke!!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes May 14, 2016

Wow, congrats, Duke! And very well deserved, it's a really enjoyable album. And this is a great tune! It was a lot of fun hearing the two guitar parts together. Any comments? Thanks, Bruce


MG May 14, 2016

Duke, what size guitar is that?  Thanks!


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 16, 2016

It's the size of a Gibson L-OO. a little bigger that a palor guitar.

tim james
tim james May 13, 2016

yeah man!!!!!!!!!!

Larry Parker
Larry Parker May 13, 2016

Duke, congratulations on the award. This is a great song and the way you play it it truly awesome. Now, I just need to learn it.

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