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Solo - Stop Time Section

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Use What You Got > Solo - Stop Time Section

Hello Friends,

This week we are continuing with the lead guitar part for "Use What You Got" which incorporates some rhythm guitar parts with a few short fills until the solo which is on a stop time four bar section like the vocal verse before it. The stops in the first solo chorus with the bending down of the high notes on the E string are one of the coolest parts of the whole tune and give you a great suspended feeling. I know of no other blues song that has anything quite like it.

Let's have fun with this. Looking forward to hearing you all play it.






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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Breakdown of Vocal Fills

Loop 4:28 Breakdown of Stop Time Solo

Loop 9:57 Slow Practice Loop


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 10:26 Closing Thoughts 






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Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 02, 2016

You are doing very well Bruce and your realizations are a good sign. keep up the good work! Duke  

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Mar 02, 2016

Thanks, Duke! I will do my very best! ;-)

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Mar 02, 2016

Hi again, Duke! I didn't expect to be responding again so soon, but I think I'm getting much closer. I don't hear this as 100% spot-on, but overall I'm much happier with the solo. Your thoughts would be most appreciated, of course! ;-) Thanks, Bruce

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 27, 2016

Hey Duke! When I heard the backing track, the first thing I thought of was the great tune "The Outskirts of Town", which fits great over it and it was one I already knew, so sorry about that, but that's what I sang. ;-) I tried to keep the "Use What You Got" feel to it. I had a lot of fun playing over this one -- a little too much fun at times. As my technique is improving, so is the temptation to overplay, but I'm attempting to keep it in check. I've also been listening to a lot of Michael Bloomfield recently, and I can kind of hear that influence in this. I've got to be more careful what I listen to! ;-) 

Thanks! Bruce


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 01, 2016

Yeah Man! Great performance. You are really getting the vibe happening and I am enjoying seeing it. Keep up the good work! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Mar 01, 2016

Thanks a lot, Duke. That means a whole lot to me. It's worth 50 years of working at music to hear that from one of my heroes! I know..."Play it...don't say it."  ;-)  Thanks again, Duke. I've literally got tears in my eyes.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Mar 02, 2016

Like I've said before, I always end up learning so much from doing these videos. I've watched this a bunch of times. I woke up early this morning and had a realization about what's still not happening in my solos:

1. I am not taking responsibility for the groove. I'm not fighting with the rhythm section, so much as not completing the picture as well as when I'm playing rhythm and singing, where I think it's grooving pretty successfully.

2. I'm too often just playing licks instead of making thoughtful statements that connect to tell a story. Easier said than done, right? ;-) That's what I was attempting to do at the beginning of my 2nd chorus by making a statement, then repeating it with a note changing to account for the IV chord, because that's what you'd expect a vocal line to do. 

Anyway -- the learning goes on! Thanks, Duke! 

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