This week we are starting to work on John Lee Hooker's "Want Ad Blues". It's a favorite of mine since I first heard it in the 60s. John Lee's sound and style are deceptively simple and believe me, it's not easy to really cop his style. It's one of the deepest and purest sounds in modern blues and I can truly only scratch the surface here of what he does.
So let's dig in and get down to some real downhome blues and celebrate the sound of the one and only John Lee Hooker.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Want Ad Blues
John Lee Hooker
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Want Ad Blues
Loop 2:04 Breakdown of John Lee Hooker's Style
Loop 10:07 Practice Loop of Rhythm
Loop 10:48 Closing Thoughts
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Hey Duke! Wow, I never imagined trying to play a John Lee Hooker song! That technique is definitely a lot harder than it looks to set up just the right bounce to the rhythm. Sound like I'm on the right track? Fun lesson, thanks!! Bruce
Hi Bruce, You sound good bruce but the tempo of Want As Blues is much slower giving it a very different feel than what you are playing. that being said, you are playing a nice john Lee boogie groove which would work well on Boogie Chillin'. So you are playing a good JLH groove just not the one in the lesson.
Thanks a lot, Duke! As usual, you have (and I mean this in the most flatteringly way possible) tremendously big ears. Boogie Chillin' is much more familiar to me and was very much in my mind. The other JLH groove that I just melt for is his "I'm In The Mood For Love". I remember the first time I heard both these songs: Early 70s, I was 18 and had just moved to Boston from Indiana and I went down the Cheapo Records and bought the LP. I also used to go see J. B. Hutto all the time at that club he played at a lot on Mass Ave. I forget the name of it. Seems like yesterday! Anyway -- thanks for the feedback. I'll listen again to "Want Ad" and see if I can't get that groove a bit more on target. Take care! Bruce
I didn't realize you spent time in boston! are you refering to the Speakeasy? There were quite a few clubs in that area and I played them all. Seems like yesterday and a million years ago at the same time.......
Not the Speakeasy. I saw you at the Speakeasy with Roomfull many (*many*) times. I used to bombard you with requests for Guitar Slim, because nobody but you could play it like him. ;-) It was someplace right in Central Square, downstairs. I went several times and was always the only white guy in the audience, which frankly thrilled me to no end. I moved to Boston in '74 from Indiana where I was born and raised, and lived there till 2000 when I became a Californian. I lived in Attleboro for a long time and actually played with a guy from Woonsockett who said he knew you in school. He was a drummer named Chico; a nickname for Richard Charbonneau. I was telling him once about this guy I used to see all the time in Boston, who was the greatest guitar player I ever saw, and he said, "Oh, that's Mike! Mike Robillard! I went to school with him. He made a guitar in wood shop." So Duke -- was that true? Did you make a guitar in school? I've always been curious to know! I sure know that feeling of it being like yesterday and a milion years. I was just watching the video on YouTube where you were talking about meeting Count Basie. I loved that. "Play it....don't say it.". That was great. ;-) Thanks so much, Duke, for doing this. I feel very fortunate indeed to be able to tell my friends that I'm taking guitar lessons from Duke Robillard!
Small world isn't it Bruce. johnathan Swifts? I'm not sure, I played every club in that area. I did build my first guitar but not in school. I drew a Tele pattern on a board and my Dad cut it out on a jigsaw. I didn't even know it was a tele! I just saw James Burton play it on Ozzie and Harriet with Ricky nelson each week. LOL! Put a neck of an Old Kraftsman Kay on it and a DeArmond PU and I won 2nd place in the school science fair. 8th grade it was. My mother wouldn't let me have an electric guitar so I built one for school so she couldn't take it away from me!
That's a great story about your 1st guitar, Duke! I imagine you must have a special place in your heart for Teles, like a first love. My first electric was a red '69 Harmony Rocket. Pretty awful, but I wish still had it! I think the was a place called "The Cantab Lounge" where I used to see Hutto. It was across the street from Cheapo Records. I'm had to dust off a few brain cells to find that name! Well, like Bob Hope used to sing, thanks for the memory, Duke! :-) Nice to hear the real story after all this time.