This weeks lesson is on the second solo chorus of Reconsider Baby. The first four bars are fairly straight ahead with pretty typical blues licks. The thing is here he is playing some slight ghost notes that are pretty much inaudible on the fourth measure. Again he goes back to over-bending the 7th on the G string in his usual style. He then plays his rake riff like he does in the first solo verse, ending the solo with a succession of muted low notes and another riff on the B and G string before his final muted riff on the G,D and A strings.
This solo is a great example of just how unique a blues guitarists style can be. Lowell, although obviously influenced by T-Bone was an extremely unique guitar stylist. Enjoy the lesson and remember to adapt some of the quirkiness of his phrasing into the song.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Example Solo
Loop 1:20 Breakdown of Lowell Fulson Solo Riffs and Ideas
Loop 5:58 Slow Run-Through
Loop 7:11 Learning a New Style
Loop 10:15 Ending With a Horn Line
Loop 10:56 Closing Thoughts
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Hi Charlie, Good job! you sound very good and you are definately getting the idea of the lowell vibe. One thing i want to point out on the rhythm, it's a stay on the five not five-four progression. i suppose you could do it either way but technically it's like the older style R&B where you just stay one the five for 2 measures. Again great job! duke
Ok, here's my cut. Don't know how close (if at all) I'm getting to Lowell's feel. Same as Bruce I'm going with the "don't worry about mistakes" approach - this is first take stuff. Sure if I practised I could 'fake' it more, but I want my playing to be genuine, so this is what came out.
I know tone could be better but I'm recording this with my 2 year old daughter asleep in the next room, so can't be too fussy! When I can be a bit looser I have been getting some great tones out of my 335 by following your advice - and my Fender Champ is crackling like an old record so I'm loving that!
Can't wait to see what you have lined up for us next week, so far you have a 100% hit rate on delivery pure class tunes!
ps love that Coleman Hawkins quote!
Nice playing, Charlie! You have a really nice blues feel!
This tune presents so many unique challenges. Lowell Fulson certainly needs his own chapter in the history of blues guitar. It's interesting to see how much he was influenced by T-Bone Walker, and how with just a difference of phrasing it goes from smooth/cool T-Bone Walker to an almost "falling down the stairs" rhythm from Fulson that sounds just fantastic. There's an "urgency" about his playing when he does those explosively fast licks that I just can't get anywhere near as yet.
You said, "Don't worry about mistakes", so I'm trying not to worry, even if I'm still making some, as you will get to hear. ;-)
Even with mistakes, I feel this shows some progress in my playing, or at least in my self-confidence. Would be most grateful for any feedback!
Thanks for the great lesson!
Hey Bruce, you sound really great on this and are really getting the point! The terms you used like "falling down the stairs" and "explosive" are great terminolgy to describe Lowell's playing. There is a sense of urgency along with the sloppiness that makes it so cool to listen to and try to play.you are truly grasping the concept of it and it makes me really happy that I am explaining it well enough for you and Charlie to pick up on the essence of it. Great work! Duke