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T-Bone Walker Style Shuffle

Solo Lesson 1

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Hi Friends, this weeks lesson is working on soloing for T-Bone Shuffle. I demonstrate several licks that make up a chorus of solo plus demonstrate more T-Bone licks that are fundamental to his style. We will also have a backing track to play with soon.

Enjoy, Duke

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
texas blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 4:28 I chord riff

$2.3 5^ $1.3 $2.3 $3.5 3 $4.5 | $2.3 5^ $1.3 $2.3 $3.5 |
$3. 3 $4.5 $3.3 4 $2.3 $1.3 $2.5 3 | $1.6^ 3 6^ |

loop @ 6:28 I and IV chord riff together

$3.5^ $2.3 $3./5 $2.3 $3.5^ $2.3 $3.5^ 5 | 3 $4.5 $3.3 5 3^ $5.5 |

loop @ 9:40 IV back to the I riff

$2.3 $3.5 3 4 $2.3 5 $1.3 6^ $2.3 |

loop @ 10:20 V chord and resolve on the I

$2.5^ 5^v 3h5p3 $3.5 $2.3 | $3.5^ 5^v 3 5 3 $4.5 |
$3.3 4 $2.3 $1.3 $2.5 3 $1.6^ 3 6^ |

loop @ 12:52 whole chorus example (with improvisation)


loop @ 14:32 review



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bgober May 24, 2019

Hello Duke - my name is Barry and I am from Texas.  I just joined the site and am looking forward to digging in.  Here is a version of the T-Bone Shuffle I recorded awhile back.


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 10, 2015

Hello Urresta! Yes it was good to meet you also. I will give a listen to the CD soon! Love Basque country and espically the great food there! Hope to see you again soon. Duke

Urresta Mar 17, 2015

Hello Mr. Duke! I met you at the Bilbao gig with John Nemeth. I just wanted to say it was a great pleasure to get to know you and have the chance to see you and your band live. I must aswell add that your lessons are opening my mind and paving the way to jam along with my friend Cesar in Madrid. As you may have noticed, Cesar it´s the guy right beneath this text and the artist of the album I handed over to you before your show. Remember? Cesar Crespo & The Pinballs´Blues Party!! I hope you like it! Thanks a lot and a big hug from the Basque Country from a blues lover!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard May 20, 2013

Hello Cesar, Welcome to Sonic-Junction! That's great T-Bone style playing on your video! Really, really good! Right in the pocket! Keep up the good work. Duke 

cesar May 20, 2013


cesar May 20, 2013

Hello Duke,this is my first lesson here but i´ve been studing your t bone style before just listening and watching to you and T bone and many others. Always learn a new thing,i found this lessons very useful,you´re a great player and also a great teacher. What a record the T Bone Blues!!I love it!

(sorry,my english is too bad..i know..hehe)

See You 

Tom Mar 02, 2013




Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 01, 2013

Mean Mojo, it would be easiest for me to hear you play on a video. Then perhaps I could give you constructive advise. Duke 

Tom Mar 01, 2013


How do I get that T-Bone Walker feel into my fingers...? I have a lot of frustration here with that. Everything I know how to play is based on a shuffle feel with eighth note triplets with the first two notes tied together. ( 'Nuther words sounding like Trip Let - Trip - let... instead of Trip puh let - Trip puh let... ) I guess that T-bone uses sixteenth note sets in a four beat measure, I get that, but somehow I just can't seem to grasp it. Is there some subtle accentuation trick that I am not getting right...?

Mean Mojo


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Sep 16, 2012

Thanks Vince

Vince White
Vince White Sep 16, 2012

loves me some duke workin the t-bone

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jun 23, 2012

Hi Bob, Thank you very much, It makes me very pleased to know that my lessons are helping and working for you. Thank YOU! Duke

Bob Lane
Bob Lane Jun 22, 2012

Duke this another great lesson. In this one solo I hve enogh material to work out [ut my own spin on that I'll surely get a better feel for how to improvise in the style of T-Bone. Especially by woodshedding the licks on a backing track.

I'll have some new licks for this Sunday's Jam Session.

Your lessons are proof that one can do a lot with just a little.


Thanks again man!



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