Duke Robillard

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Little Wheel > Solo

Hello Friends,

This week we continue on "Little Wheel" and get up to the solo section which starts with a stop time figure. I play a simple E chord at the 9th fret hitting the D,G and B string with a bar to do the stop time accents then go back 2 frets to a D in the same formation which works as the 7th leading to the (imaginary) 4 chord. Of course the solo is all E minor pentatonic riffs in the JLH style that work over all the changes. So in my version, I stay closer to the 12 bar form in the solo more than in the vocal verses. Just learn to make the groove and let the blues come out of you naturally. And remember, on this kind of style, listening a lot and absorbing the overall sound is key to learning to play this type of thing. In reality, when it comes to this style they say "you can't teach someone the blues" it's pretty close to the truth. So I hope this is helpful.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Little Wheel


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 2:53 Breakdown of Little Wheel Rhythm Variations

Loop 12:26 Breakdown of Little Wheel Solo

Loop 20:26 Closing Thoughts





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Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Oct 17, 2017

You may be interested to know that on the Verve recording (57-717), as can be found on Youtube, the Texas pounding rhythm (bass) guitar is played by the great Eddie Taylor. On bass is Everett McCrary. Recorded in Chicago July 23, 1957. This according to Mike Leadbitter and Neil Slaven 1943 - 1966 blues records.

Thanks Duke for clarifying this about the 2nd guitar. 



Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Oct 15, 2017

Hey Duke! You are so right, getting this feel is really hard. I'm watching you play, it but I still can't figure out how to make all that sound come out. I'll keep working on it, but I wanted to share something I've been working on with you; it's my chord melody arrangement of "Don't Blame Me". Hope you like it! I'll keep working on the JLH and thinking about playing old guitars. Take care, Bruce. 

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