Duke Robillard

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Trouble In Mind

Chicago Blues Style Rhythm

Hello Folks,

This week we are working on Trouble in Mind in a Chicago blues style. I demonstrate a new intro then the Chicago style bass line and a few different ways of playing the bass line rhythm. Then I demonstrate leadlines that work with the rhythm and several lines that will work with the vocal as lead lines and some ideas on soloing on this classic blues.

I am looking forward to hearing your version of this tune.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
Chicago Blues
Chuck Berry
Trouble in Mind

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:50 Chicago Blues Style Intros


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 5:16 Chicago Blues Style Bass Line and Rhythm

Loop 6:14 Jimmy Reed Style Bass Line and Other Ideas

Loop 7:22 Double Stop Lines

Loop 9:00 Backing a Vocalist

Loop 11:06 Playing Higher Up Behind a Vocalist

Loop 12:18 Soloing Concepts

Loop 14:10 Closing Thoughts





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alanj Jan 05, 2016

Duke R. Guitarworks is still in business? Or has that Tele been in the closet for a while? Nice ax!

Steve H
Steve H Jan 02, 2016

Happy New Year Duke. Great stuff.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 01, 2016

Hi Duke -

Here's my version of this one. Just an audio file this time, because I was multi-tracking on my laptop to play the bottom part, top part and sing. I'd love to hear what you think of this one! I feel it shows some real improvement in my technique. 



Duke - I'm having trouble with the audio upload, so here's a youtube version. (actually, now it appears to be working...)

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 02, 2016

Hi Bruce, Very good! you have a nice groove on the rhythm. I like your approach on the solo also. A little Chicago and a lot of BB style. Nice, keep it up.Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 02, 2016

Thanks, Duke! Means a whole lot to me! I'm working on an original blues number for the Sonic Junction open mic at the moment. The lyrics are *very* tounge-in-cheek because I'm just too happy to write a really good blues number! ;-) Thanks again! Bruce

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 01, 2016

Hi Duke --- beautiful --- love the tone and touch you have on this.  


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