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Charlie commented on: Swingin' For Four Bills Soloing, Lesson 2 May 01, 2022

Thanks for a great lesson and such great advice. I also wish I'd learned to read (I had a weird mental block as kid that somehow if I did it would mess up my ear). And I'm with you on phrases over scales. Really just want to say a big thank you for your advice over the last few years. My band is picking up some lovely gigs at venues with (what I call) listening audiences. Really feel like we're making some great music. I'm lucky to be playing with some wonderful musicians, but there's no way I could keep up my end without guidance like this! P.S. speaking of flat 5ths I've been obsessing over a Jimmy Smith number with Kenny Burrell, Sugar Hill, they both play some very cool, weird sounding licks

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Charlie commented on: Ray's Blues Soloing - Lesson 1 Feb 21, 2022

Just beautiful! Thank you Duke : )

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Charlie commented on: Ray's Blues Intro and Rhythm Breakdown Feb 13, 2022

God this is the real deal! This couldn't be better timed for me! My band line-up is piano, tenor sax, upright bass, drums and me on guitar. We're really trying to explore where/how the guitar can sit in with the sax (as opposed to playing "straight" rhythm). Been listening to a lot of Ray, who didn't use much guitar (apart from when he did : ) and see how we can get try and get close to the GENIUS! Thanks so much! Also, love how you're linking back to Johnny and Oscar Moore - you can really hear Charles Brown in Ray. Love this!!!

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Charlie commented on: B.B. King Artist Study Exploring BB's Style and Ideas Jan 22, 2022

Here's my rough cut. God how I love B.B! Thanks for yet more great insights. I was listening to Ray Charles this morning and his May Ann is this structure (and he lifted that riff from T-Bone). Also heard Elmore James playing something v similar but forget the title as I type.

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Charlie commented on: Lost Mind Soloing Jan 11, 2022

Here's my cut. Ideally I would have waited a month to give it some polish, but this is the raw first attempt. Pretty sloppy in places, but hopefully the ideas are in the zone. I could hear (but not play) how Kenny Burrell might approach it in places. Thanks as always for the inspiration and instruction Duke!

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Charlie commented on: Melodic Blues Lesson 1 Jan 01, 2022

Happy New Year Duke! Great lesson, I always love to hear you talk and share experience and wisdom! really good to hear you talk about all these greats, especially Chuck Berry. I find his records so hard to play along with! My piano player and I were trying to dissect 'How you've changed' recently, it's a treasure trove and we're nowhere near it! : )

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Charlie commented on: Dream of You Intro Jul 31, 2021

Beautiful! Thanks Duke. What I LOVE about your lessons is how we can jump from Jimmy Reed to Doris Day and it's all GREAT music. 

PS there's a great Dean Martin version of this, but I'll work from the Doris version : )

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Charlie commented on: Dream of You Chords Jul 30, 2021

Thanks Duke! What a beauty! Love what you've done with it, can't wait to get deeper into it

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Charlie commented on: Jazzy Blues Comping and Chord Melody Lesson 4 Jun 07, 2021

Wow! Duke, you have shared nothing but tasty stuff since the day I signed up, but this may just be the hippest thing I heard! Absolutley love this!!! Thank you. Please keep 'em coming!

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Charlie commented on: Jazzy Blues Comping and Chord Melody Lesson 3 May 30, 2021

Thanks Duke - loved this series! Thanks for the garage sale ; ) As always I'm sharing the first take (I'd never remember to share if I didn't do it immediatley!) Finally got gigs booked so can't wait to take all the great Duke/SJ learning out there. Thank you!

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Charlie commented on: Jazzy Blues Comping and Chord Melody Lesson 1 May 19, 2021

Thanks Duke! This kind of lesson is invaluable : ) Here's my first attempt

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Charlie commented on: Freddie King Style Slow Blues Soloing Up The Neck Apr 03, 2021

Love it! Thanks Duke. Posted  video on last weeks lesson (jumped the gun ; )

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Charlie commented on: Freddie King Style Slow Blues First A Section Solo Mar 21, 2021

Thanks a great lesson and a great track! I've jumped the gun and made a video. I love Freddie King so much! He's been part of my life since I was 16. Thanks for opening the door on his style of playing : )

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Charlie commented on: Freddie King Style Slow Blues Intro and First Verse Fills Mar 13, 2021

Thanks Duke! Really appreciate the tone tips as well - invaluable!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 05, 2021

Hi Charlie, I had trouble finding your video, maybe I will find it later, could be my connection. Duke

 

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Charlie commented on: Freddie King Style Slow Blues Chords and Rhythm Mar 06, 2021

Love this number! Can't wait to dig deeper. Thanks Duke

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Charlie commented on: T-Bone Walker in G First Chorus Solo Jan 16, 2021

Awesome! T-Bone's the man, the gold standard! I'd really appreciate if you could share what you know around his playing on augmented chords. Thanks as always Duke

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Charlie commented on: Someone to Love B Section Soloing Jan 13, 2021

Here's my cut. Absolutely loved this one (as always). I cursed myself a few times about phrasing over the 2/5 and diminished - but at least I know where I need to put some time in. Can't wait to see what's next - and to see that beautiful Barney Kessell guitar!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 31, 2021

Hi Charlie, You sound great playing this! i am enjoying your own lines alot. some of your double time stuff is very good and i can hear it going from your head to your fingers, which is the point. Keep up the good work! Duke

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Charlie commented on: Someone to Love B Section Soloing Jan 11, 2021

Thanks for opening up another classic! Really enjoying this one! And what an amazing guitar!!! You play some beauties but this one is really special!!! Maybe one lesson could be on Barney Kessels blues playing - how about the stuff he did with T-Bone on Atlantic?

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 31, 2021

That's a very good idea! i'll look for a tune of his. There's alway blues in whatever Barney plays! Duke 

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Charlie commented on: Someone to Love Chords and Rhythm Dec 13, 2020

Oh what a treat! Thanks Duke

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Charlie commented on: Freddie King Shuffle Solo, Second Chorus Dec 09, 2020

Thanks Duke - here's another take. Thanks as always for a great lesson, great advice and great encouragement. I owe so much to you and SJ!!!! Can't wait to see what's coming next!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 03, 2021

Hi Charlie, I really enjoyed that. You've got the feel on the Freddy licks and I'm glad you keep soloing here and it builds up very nicely! And by the 3rd solo chorus you're playing yourself which is the whole point! Good natural transit from the Freddy licks to your own. Keep up the good work! Duke

 
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