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Use What You Got

Intro Breakdown

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Use What You Got > Intro Breakdown

Hi Folks,

This week we are learning the introduction and first verse to Freddy King's little known classic "Use what You Got". It's one of my favorite slow blues of all time and has been a staple of my career since I was a teenager! It starts on the five with a great single note blues line and continues until the the vocal entrance after the turn around. During the vocal there are just a few brief answers to the vocal and the best thing is to learn to play the rhythm the same time as singing it and throw in the little riff accents as you go.

Sing and playing rhythm and throwing fills is a good thing to work on. It is a necessary part of learning to be a performer. Especially if you want to play in a trio!






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Duke Robillard
Freddie King
Slow Blues
Use What You Got

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Intro With Click Track


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:24 Breakdown of Intro

Loop 7:03 Vocal Fill Ideas

Loop 10:52 Closing Thoughts 





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Steve H
Steve H Mar 14, 2016

Great lesson Duke. This really hits home on one of my glaring weaknesses.



Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 27, 2016

Sounds great Bruce! The five chord is a 9th though not a mionor 7th. good phrasing and feel. great tone also! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 27, 2016

Wow, thanks a lot, Duke! I'm having a lot of fun with the great backing track. I have been singing the lyrics for "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town" with it instead of "Use What You Got" because it's the first thing I thought of when I heard the track and I just love that tune. It works great with the track. 

You are most welcome for that post of the Freddie version! Thanks for introducing me to yet another incredible tune, and of course all your lessons. My friends have been pretty impressed (I say with all modesty) with the improvement in my playing since taking your lessons. One expressed a hint of jealousy and I said, "Hey, just go to sonicjunction.com and start taking lessons with Duke! It's not a secret!" For me personally, the single biggest thing that has helped my playing has been submitting the videos. I really wish more folks would do it because I really think it works. I feel like it keeps me honest, and pushes me to tell myself, "Maybe it's good enough, but I can do better." 

Anyway, thanks again, Duke! It's such a thrill to talk guitar with you. :)

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 20, 2016

Hey Duke! What great licks -- that phrasing is so simple and yet so evocative. The lick in the second phrase where it bends on the 7th fret and alternates with the 9th fret kind of reminds in phrasing me of that T-Bone Walker lick that Chuck Berry borrowed, bending up to the unison. Anyway, please let me know how I'm doing! Thanks! Bruce

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