Duke Robillard

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I'm Confessin'


Hi Folks, this week we are starting on a new tune. I'm Confessin'. It's one of my favorite songs and I am going to teach you my arrangement of it which is inspired by Les Paul. We start, as always with the chords and rhythm. Enjoy! Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Duke Robillard
I'm Confessin'
Louis Armstrong
Les Paul
Herb Ellis

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 2:06 Introduction to I'm Confessin'

Loop 3:50 Breakdown of Chords to I'm Confessin'

Loop 8:51 Two Chorus Run-Through (Chord Chart for 2nd Chorus)

%4/1.X/X.3/1.5/4.4/3.X/X[Ab6] / / / | %X/X.X/X.5/2.4/1.4/1.X/X[Eb+/G] / / / |
%4/1.X/X.3/1.5/4.4/3.X/X[Ab6] / / / | %8/2.X/X.8/3.8/3.X/X.X/X[Cmi7] / %X/X.X/X.7/2.8/3.X/X.X/X[F7] / |
%6/T.X/X.6/2.7/3.X/X.X/X[Bb7] / / / | %6/T.X/X.6/2.6/2.X/X.X/X[Bbmi7] / %X/X.X/X.5/2.6/3.X/X.X/X[Eb7] / |
%8/2.X/X.8/3.8/3.X/X.X/X[Cmi7] / %X/X.X/X.7/2.8/3.X/X.X/X[F7] / | %6/T.X/X.6/2.6/2.X/X.X/X[Bbmi7] / %X/X.X/X.5/2.6/3.X/X.X/X[Eb7] / |

A Section II

%4/1.X/X.3/1.5/4.4/3.X/X[Ab6] / / / | %X/X.X/X.5/2.4/1.4/1.X/X[Eb+/G] / / / |
%4/1.X/X.3/1.5/4.4/3.X/X[Ab6] / / / | %8/2.X/X.8/3.8/3.X/X.X/X[Cmi7] / %X/X.X/X.7/2.8/3.X/X.X/X[F7] / |
%6/T.X/X.6/2.7/3.X/X.X/X[Bb7] / / / | %6/T.X/X.6/2.6/2.X/X.X/X[Bbmi7] / %X/X.X/X.5/2.6/3.X/X.X/X[Eb7] / |
%4/2.X/X.3/1.5/4.4/3.X/X[Ab6] / %9/2.X/X.8/1.9/3.X/X.X/X[Dbmi6] / | %4/2.X/X.3/1.5/4.4/3.X/X[Ab6] / / %5/T.X/X.5/2.6/3.X/X.X/X[A7] |

B Section

%5/T.X/X.5/2.6/3.X/X.X/X[Ab7] / / / | / / / / |
%9/2.X/X.8/1.10/3.X/X.X/X[Db6] / / / | / / %8/T.X/X.8/2.9/3.X/X.X/X[C7] %7/T.X/X.7/2.8/3.X/X.X/X[B7]
%6/T.X/X.6/2.7/3.X/X.X/X[Bb7] / / / | / / / / |
%6/2.X/X.6/3.6/3.6/3.X/X[Bbmi7] / / / | %X/X.X/X.5/2.6/3.X/X.X/X[Eb7] / / %X/X.X/X.5/2.6/3.5/2.X/X[Eb7(b9)] |

A Section III (with Ending)

%4/1.X/X.3/1.5/4.4/3.X/X[Ab6] / / / | %X/X.X/X.5/2.4/1.4/1.X/X[Eb+/G] / / / |
%4/1.X/X.3/1.5/4.4/3.X/X[Ab6] / / / | %8/2.X/X.8/3.8/3.X/X.X/X[Cmi7] / %X/X.X/X.7/2.8/3.X/X.X/X[F7] / |
%6/T.X/X.6/2.7/3.X/X.X/X[Bb7] / / / | %6/T.X/X.6/2.6/2.X/X.X/X[Bbmi7] / %X/X.X/X.5/1.6/2.6/2.8/4[Eb13] %X/X.X/X.5/1.6/2.5/1.8/4[Eb13(b9)] |
%4/1.X/X.3/1.5/4.4/3.X/X[Ab6] / %9/2.X/X.8/1.9/3.X/X.X/X[Dbmi6] / | %4/1.X/X.3/1.5/4.4/3.X/X[Ab6] / %X/X.X/X.6/1.8/3.8/3.8/3[Abmaj7] / |


Loop 13:00 Closing Thoughts





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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 12, 2014

Hi Jerry, If I understand you correctly, you want to know if the very last chord is Ab maj7? yes taht is the final chord at the end of the song. Hope that answers your question. Duke 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 02, 2014

Hi Steve, This is a very good feeling rhythm track. Good work! Duke 

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Nov 04, 2014

Thanks again Duke.


Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Oct 25, 2014

Hi Duke

This is a a bit fast because my fingers were sore. I got a lot of catching up to do as i was in the great state of Florida for a while and away from my guitars. Love this and all Les Paul song. I was hoping to see him in Soho but it wasn't to be.



Jussi Oct 16, 2014

Hi Duke!  I Like that tune a lot and that chord progression is nice. Thanks for that lesson!

By the way, I saw you playing Guitar in Helsinki  Savoy Theater on Tuesday Evening. That was GREAT Blues evening. Thanks.


Tom K.
Tom K. Oct 12, 2014

Thanks Duke . Great tune . Love the version you and Paul Kolesnikow do .

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 02, 2014

Thank you Tom, Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Oct 12, 2014

Hi Duke -- Really excited about this song! Since I just started your lessons with San-Ho-Zay, I haven't done any of your swing stuff yet, and the swing chords are mostly unfamiliar to me, so it's a challenge!

I didn't see that Mike had transcribed the Db#11 I think you said it was -- the alternate to the Eb+/G. I couldn't get my fingers to move like yours. So I'm playing

Ab x F B Eb

So if that's Db based, it's a Db 9 #13. i'm not sure if it's right, but it doesn't sound too bad.

Here's a stab at it with a few flubs, including blowing the ending big time! ;-) I was playing along with your track and got surprised by it. I hear myself rushing a little here and there -- it's hard to feel the time that slow, so I'm looking forward to hearing the full track to practice with.

Thanks as always! Looking forward to the next one!

Best Regards,



Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 02, 2014

Hi Bruce, You did very well actually. And your  comment about the sharpe 11 chord was good. The note you were playing were to a Dd 7 which work fine there. Actually what the story is.... You could play it with a 5 augmented chord, which is more old school, or with the #11 which is more modern and also what goes with the whole tone thing I am playing in the song. I will have Mike post the fingering for the #11 chord to correct it. Thanks, Duke 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Oct 12, 2014

Thanks so much guys, I am happy to know that my instruction is clear to you. That is important to know. Thanks and keep spreading the word so we can keep this going a long time! Duke

greg wells
greg wells Oct 11, 2014

Thanks for putting this one up,  Duke!  You played this beautifully at Bethesda  Bluess and Jazz.


terryguitar Oct 11, 2014

Hi duke,

great lesson , have you ever recorded it? If so what album? Cheers terry

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