Duke Robillard

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Romance in the Dark

Last Verse and Ending

We're re-issuing one of Duke's most popular lessons with new sheet music, re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Duke: 

Hi Folks,

This week we are finishing up "Romance in the Dark" with the bridge and last verse. We start the last bridge with a bit more motion with double stops on the 4 that are reminiscent of a horn line. First the 5th and the third then flatting the third for the 4 minor then I harmonize a blues line with more double stops on the one and 4 again then resolve the bridge with Db minor to F# 7 and B7 to E7. I start the last verse with an octave on the D and high E string with 4 beats per measure as to not get in the way of the vocal. Then it flows into a double stop line for the rest of the verse up to the 1-6-2-5 final turn around leading to the single note to double stop final blues riff to end the song. Mixing up the single note lines, double stops and chords can make a song like this be more musically interesting and by playing all these types of parts you create a nice rich musical palette for the vocal to sit on. Try this concept on another tune and see if you can make your own arrangement building it up with a little more movement as it goes along.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 3:15 Duke Album Last Verse and Ending

Loop 3:51 Breakdown of Bridge and Last Verse

Loop 11:22 Practice Loop of Last Verse and Ending


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 12:28 Closing Thoughts





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Marty Perry
Marty Perry Nov 27, 2020

Hi Duke,
Here's my run at Romance In The Dark. I worked on this tune the first time it was published but it was fun to revisit it. Wow that is such a fantastic track. So great to be able to practice playing behind a vocalist as superb as Sunny. Thanks for the great lesson.
Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 28, 2020

Beautiful stuff, Marty! 

Marty Perry
Marty Perry Nov 29, 2020

Thanks Bruce!

Mark Nov 15, 2020


i really liked your playing on this one. Everything sounds spot on to me. 

Coulf you reply with a link to the backing track or tell us where to find it ? Thanks !

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 15, 2020

Hi Mark. Wow, thanks so much! That's really nice of you to say, and it means a lot. The backing track is on the Lesson 1 Intro and Fills page. Thanks again! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 13, 2020

Hey Duke! Here's a stab at this one. What a delight to have such a beautiful backing track to play with. I tried to focus on staying in the pocket rather than getting too adventurous with the improvisation. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Bruce 

Michael McKenna
Michael McKenna Nov 14, 2020


Like what you did.  You seem always absorb and reproduce the essence of the piece.  Maybe you can help me again.  I don't see a backing track for the lesson but sounds like you have a copy of the performance track without Duke's lead guitar.  If so, how do I obtain a copy. 


Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 14, 2020

Thanks for the very kind words, Mike! I really appreciate it. In this case, the backing track is on the Lesson 1 Intro and Fills page. Thanks again for the encouraging feedback.

Hey SJ Mike Caron, perhaps you should add a link to the backing track to the right hand icons so that this page is consistent with the others!


Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 15, 2020

Hi Guys -- backing track is up now thanks to Bruce -- upper right side of the screen just above the add to practice list plus.  It's a great track as it has vocals -- enjoy!

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 15, 2020

Bruce -- you sound great!  Agreed with Michael -- you're channeling and just letting it flow.  Beautiful.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 15, 2020

Thanks, Mike Caren for putting up the link and for the very kind words! It really means a lot. I think Duke's teaching was extra inspirational on this one, and the great backing track really helps too. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 22, 2020

Hey Bruce, Sounds great! Very nice playing around the vocal and solo. Excellent playing overall and right in the pocket. Really nice wall of guitars there also! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 22, 2020

Thanks Duke!!

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