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Want Ad Blues

Groove and Intro Riff

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Want Ad Blues > Groove and Intro Riff

Hello Friends,

This week we are working on the second and final lesson for Want Ad Blues. We will go over some of the same points but I add in a few new chord voicings and riffs. It's crucial that you realize that there is a lot of intricate subtlety to this type of playing and a casual listener not aware of blues will not likely pick up on. It's a very deep and personal style and the person who considers it too simple just doesn't get the point. So listen hard to the original. It's said that the simplest things can be the hardest to play and in this case it's true. The badass groove here is the all important thing.

I'm looking forward to hearing your take on this one so let's see lots of videos posted. Or just audio if that what you can post.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
Want Ad Blues
John Lee Hooker

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Review of Groove

Loop 7:52 Exploring John Lee Hooker's Riff and Approach

Loop 12:35 Intro Riff Example


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 13:00 Playing What You Feel

Loop 15:01 Practice Loop of Groove

Loop 16:33 Closing Thoughts 





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jean michel
jean michel Feb 08, 2016

Dear Duke,

You asked for a video and here’s my best effort! Don’t look at the mess behind me please, my wife already criticize me about it !

It’s  kind of sloppy, I didn’t want to make several videos, just one, or any rehearsals, I just wanted to try to keep the raw energy or JLH…

I wrote down some simple words in five minutes,, at this point of my life, I prefer singing my own lyrics, even if it is a little ridiculous !…


Thanks for your lessons, they’re just great! By the way, if you ever come to France, tell me, I would love to shake your hands!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 11, 2016

Hello Jean Michel. Very nice! You are caputuring the spirit and I really am enjoying your lyrics, off the cuff and from the heart. I kike it! Good feel. Duke 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 06, 2016

Hey again, Duke! So here's another take, more appropriate tempo and now with singing. There is something so hypnotic about the JLH thing. I can't keep that groove completely locked down yet, but it's been a lot of fun working on it. Thanks! Bruce

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 06, 2016

Hey Bruce, Sounds good and good spirit to it. I likes! That's much more the groove of the tune. Nice Les Paul too!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 06, 2016

Thanks, Duke!! That's really great to hear! With your guidance I'm having more and more FUN playing guitar; I guess that's coming through. And I *LOVE* this Les Paul. My wife asked me, "Isn't it heavy?" and I started singing The Hollies song back to her, "It ain't heavy, it's my Les Paul!" :-) Thanks again, Duke. 

Tom K.
Tom K. Feb 06, 2016

Thanks Duke . Nice stuff .



charlie Feb 06, 2016

Thanks Duke. John Lee Hooker is where it all began for me. I could listen to stories about him all day and night long.

Will work on this great number and make a video within a week.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 06, 2016

Thank you Dave, i am happy to share stories as well as lessons. I am very lucky and blessed to have been able to meet and play with many of my idols over the years.

Guitar Dave
Guitar Dave Feb 06, 2016


Great John Lee story,   touching.   We can read books about them all but a video story from you made me smile all the way to my heart,  like JLH did.

thanks Duke!

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