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Trouble In Mind

Chord Form and Acoustic Version

Hi Folks,

First of all Happy Holidays to everyone! This week we start a new song. Its one of the oldest, most famous and coolest of blues tunes called "Trouble in Mind" written in the 1920s by pianist Richard M Jones and recorded in 1926 by Bertha Chippie Hill accompanied by the author and Louis Armstrong on cornet. It's a simple 8 bar classic that I play here on acoustic guitar. This week we learn it in basic fingerpicking style and as the month goes on we will play in in a Chicago blues style and a uptown swinging style too.

Great tune and lots of fun to play whichever style you choose to play it in.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
Trouble in Mind
Big Bill Broonzy
Bertha Chippie Hill

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Basic Rhythm


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:32 Introduction to the Series and Trouble in Mind

Loop 3:00 Breakdown of Trouble in Mind

Loop 11:35 Practice Loop

Loop 13:17 Closing Thoughts





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Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Dec 20, 2015

Hi Duke! So here's my take on this one. Playing it on the archtop helped get me in the mood. ;-) It's hard to nail down these slow tempos, but I'm doing my best and really trying to (as Sonic Junction teacher Guy Davis put it) commit to my thumb. That steady bass pulse really anchors down the groove, but it's hard! Feedback, as always, would be most welcome. Thanks for the inspriration, Duke! Best, Bruce

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 30, 2015


Bruce, you are doing very well, especially if this is new to you. You definately have the basic vibe, it's just a matter of doing it more and also maybe learning a few more songs. Also Corey teaches this stuff well so it may be a good idea to check out some of his lessons seeing that is his focus. Duke 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 01, 2016

Thanks, Duke! I was more pleased with the next version with the solo & vocal. I definitely plan to work on more of Corey's lessons in future as time allows, though my primary interest is in the stuff you do. Thanks again for the feedback! Be well! Bruce 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Dec 20, 2015

Hi Peter, Yes it is a classic, one of the first recorded blues songs and its still a great one! Duke 

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