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Blue Harlem

Solo - Second Chorus

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Blue Harlem > Solo - Second Chorus

Hi Folks,

This week we are working on the 2nd chorus of Tiny Grimes solo on Blue Harlem. Before we start I have to say this song made a very deep impression on me when I heard it for the first time. This chorus is particularly interesting because it uses cool riffs employing the 6th in a way I've never quite heard used before. It it also has a nice phrase that uses a G minor 7 to C that is a very cool way to get to the 4 chord. All in all it's one of the most musical blues guitar solo ever recorded. Just full of nuance and subtleties.

Have fun learning it and post some videos.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
texas blues
Duke Robillard
tiny grimes
blue harlem

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Breakdow of Blue Harlem Solo - 2nd Chorus

Loop 13:10 Practice Loop of Solo, 2nd Chorus


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 14:08 Duke's Thoughts on Tiny Grimes

Loop 15:55 Run-Through #2

Loop 17:02 Closing Thoughts 





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Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Apr 14, 2016

Hey Duke! The version of the solo you are teaching is not the same as the version of "Blue Harlem" in the "background listening" tab. It's similar but a lot of it is different. I just found the version of the tune where the solo more closely matches what you are teaching. Presented here for academic purposes only, of course. Bruce


Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Apr 14, 2016

BTW,  I found it on Spotify on a collection called The Definitive R&B Series - 1944 and it's listed under Ike Quebec. The whole album is very cool, T-Bone, Louis Jordan, Nat Cole Trio, etc. 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Apr 08, 2016

Hey Duke! I took your advice and listened to Tiny's version and his other stuff and started making my own arrangement, employing stolen Duke and Tiny licks, naturally. I'm really trying to pay attention to time and the groove. Looking forward to hearing your comments on this one! Thanks, Duke! Bruce

Thomas Washington
Thomas Washington Apr 08, 2016

Duke, thank you for this. A number of Tiny Grimes CD or vinyl choices on Amazon. Are there one or two that you would recommend above others? 

Tom Washington 

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