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Worried Life Blues

Intro and Rhythm Breakdown

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Worried Life Blues > Intro and Rhythm Breakdown

Hello Friends,

This week we are work on a new tune. It's one of my all time favorites. Big Maceo's Worried Life Blues. The tune is an 8 bar blues which is a form I really love. This one is simple and can be played a few different ways. We start out this week with a Jimmy Reed style pattern and keep it quite simple for the rhythm which makes it easy to play and sing over. So learn the rhythm pattern and maybe even try singing it. Next week we'll start to embellish on it.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Song


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 2:21 Breakdown of Intro

Loop 7:11 Breakdown of Rhythm

Loop 10:14 Practice Loop of Rhythm

Loop 12:24 Ending and Closing Thoughts





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Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 22, 2018

Hey Duke! So, as promised, here's a version with a solo! I would love to hear your thoughts on it. I'm trying really hard to put across some emotion in this one, and it would be really helpful for me to know how I'm doing. Does my voice come across as emotional in a good way or just like I'm really constipated (as a friend once described my singing -- seriously!! ) ? Thanks, Duke. Hope to hear from you.




Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 21, 2018

Hey Duke! So here's my initial version of this one. Great tune! I haven't listened to enough Big Maceo. Best, Bruce

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 19, 2018

Hi Bruce, Sounds great. Always enjoy your versions of the tunes. Was hoping to hear a solo here but next time I guess. You have a lot of nice guitars!  My brother is a painter and he's got more guitars than me! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Feb 19, 2018

Thanks Duke! And thanks for noticing the guitars! ;-) I'm so in love with them. My favorite two (at the moment) are my '67 335 and my custom shop "nocaster" Tele; sometimes I just sit and look at them and bask in their beauty. Each time I put one of them around my neck, I can't believe I'm lucky enough to be able to play a guitar this nice.

That's your brother's work on the cover of your "Acoustic Blues & Roots" albums, isn't it? It's really beautiful and peaceful. He seems to really evoke that sense of tranquility in his landscapes that I've seen. 

I will be *delighted* to make you a version with a solo if you promise to comment on it! I'm the beneficiary of what I gain as a guitarist by working on the videos, but I sure do appreciate hearing your comments and acknowledgement along the way!

Thanks again, Duke! I'll post a version with a solo for you soon. Best, Bruce

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