Duke Robillard

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Trouble In Mind

B.B. King Style Solo

Hi Folks,

For this, our final lesson on the swing / BB King-ish version of Trouble in Mind, I show you a two chorus solo that employs many BB Style riffs that has the feeling of swing. With this groove you can play a few different styles. You can make it mellow and jazzy or you can make it pure modern blues. Lets see if you can post an original style solo over my rhythm with the first verse stating the melody the way you hear it.

Let's hear a lot of versions from you all. Its a song everyone knows so I really want to see a lot of different versions whether it be acoustic, Chicago style or BB / swing style.

Come on now friends, let me hear your own take on Trouble in Mind.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
B.B. King
Trouble in Mind
Jimmy Rushing

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of B.B. King Inspired Solo


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 1:07 Breakdown of Solo

Loop 10:55 How To Create Your Own Solos

Loop 12:25 Practice Track with Duke Playing Rhythm






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Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 28, 2016

Hi Duke! So, I've been giving your comments a lot of thought. There are a few clams (Mmmmmm, clams.....), but is this closer in phrasing to what you are advising? I was thinking about something Monster Mike advised, which was to make sure I cleanly ended my phrases. I think what I was doing was always holding notes down while thinking about where to go next, like saying "Ummmmmm" when you are talking and don't want to be interrupted. So what I'm trying to do now is make cleaner statements in each phrase. Better?  I hope so! ;-) Thanks Duke!  And thanks, Peter, for the kind words!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 24, 2016

Hi Peter, You're making me proud! Good work, and nice phrasing.. Your rhythm playing has also greatly improved and your ideas are getting clearer all the time. a little meandering by the last chorus but that's fine.Tthe first three showed a lot of growth and good ideas. Thanks for posting! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 24, 2016

I just wanted to second Duke's comments. I *really* enjoyed this! I especially like the 2nd chorus; the opening and the use of the "sliding 6th" on the IV chord is very cool, and the arpeggios in the 3rd chorus are very effective. That really builds it up nicely there. Very nice! I'm (almost) as excited to see progress in someone else as I am to see it in myself, so this is great to hear. Really, nice job, Peter, well done! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 23, 2016

Hey Duke! For this one, I just did my own thing -- ended up being mostly just a better version of the one I did last week. Still a little rough around the edges, but I'm feeling a bit more fluid in my phrasing. I've also just sort of figured out this whole guitar neck thing recently. I was finally able to see it's just a repeating set of patterns, up and down the neck. So different from piano. It's rather beautiful, the neck and the patterns, strings like silver highways. Anyway! ;-) Thanks again for the great lesson. I love that finish on that guitar! Best, Bruce

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 24, 2016

Sounds great Bruce, Love the sound. Nice Les Paul too! My only critisism would be that you still need to relax a bit on your timing. one method for that is to try to breath as if you are playing a horn.Take breaths when you finish a phrase which slows you down naturally a bit. Many musicians employ that trick to help with phrasing. You're phrasing is fine actually, you just need to relax on laid back Duke old man tempos.LOL!!! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 24, 2016

Thanks Duke! Ok, I have reflected upon this and here is another version. Please let me know what you think! Bruce

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 22, 2016

Hi Duke --- absolutely beautiful.  Looking forward to learning this one.  

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 23, 2016

Thanks Mike!

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