Duke Robillard

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Trouble In Mind

Jazzy Blues / Swing Style Rhythm

Hi Folks,

This week we are learning yet another way to play Trouble in Mind. We will give it a more sophisticated spin this week we and swing it lightly. We will add more chords which is appropriate in this version adding the 6 and the 2 and also add a few passing chords like B augmented and A diminished. The tempo should be a slow to moderate swing tempo.

These chords are appropriate for a small band swing-blues version or a big band version also. After this we will work on soloing over these changes.

Hope you enjoy it!





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
Swing Guitar
Trouble in Mind
Jimmy Rushing

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:41 Breakdown of Swing Style Rhythm

Loop 5:28 Practice Loop of Swing Style Rhythm and Ending


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 7:43 Rhythmic Approach

Loop 9:50 Closing Thoughts






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Steve H
Steve H Jan 19, 2016

Hi Duke,

    Add another tool to the toolbox. Always like to vary my blues and this lesson is just the ticket.



Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 09, 2016

Hello Duke! These swing chords were completely new to me when I first came to SJ, but they are beginning to feel like familiar friends now. However, it's still not always easy for me to mute that 5th string properly, so I find it easier to play the strings with my fingers and doing a lot of palm muting. I can get a much more clean and consistent tone across the notes. Maybe it comes from being a piano player; my right hand is perfectly comfortable plucking a few strings at a time.

Peter, I don't know if this technique would work for you or not. I'm almost always playing the 6th string with my thumb, my first finger on the D string and middle finger on the G string. And I bring in my ring finger to catch that raised 5th to make the augmented chord on the B string. 

I didn't try to make a perfected take, so there are a few boo-boos. ;-) It's hard to keep that groove locked down tight when it's so slow, but I used your image of the drummer's swishing sound to inspire me, and that was really helpful. Thanks for the great lesson!



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