Duke Robillard

Lesson >

Chicago Blues in E

Lesson 3

Duke Robillard Lesson >

Chicago Blues in E > Lesson 3

Hello Friends, this week we are going to work on one more blues in E lesson. On this lesson we work on some of the Jimmy Reed / Eddie Taylor guitar licks that go along the lines we have been working on. I show variations of classic Eddie Taylor intros to Jimmy Reed songs and how to play the basic JR rhythm and add in a chord riff at the same time. More good old blues in E licks!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Duke Robillard
key of E
Jimmy Reed
Eddie Taylor
Turnaround in E

Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 4:47 to practice the first run through

$3./4 $1.4 $3./4 $1.4 $3./4 $1.4 $3.3.$1.3 $3.2.$1.2 | $3./4 $1.4 $3./4 $1.4 $3./4 $1.4 $3.2 $1.2 $3.0h1 $1.0 |
$3./4 $1.4 $3.4 $3.3 $1.3 $3.3 $3.2 $1.2 $3.2 $3.0h1p0 $1.0 | $5.0 1 2 $6.2 $2.0 $6.2 $3.2 |

loop @ 7:40 to practice the first turnaround

$4.2 $3.0h1 $2.0 2 $1.0 2 /4 0 $2.0 $3.2 0h1 $4.2 | $6.0 $5.0 1 2 $6.2 $2.0 $6.2 $3.2 |

loop @ 8:20 to practice the medium tempo run through

loop @ 10:14 to practice mixing riffs



Log in to leave a comment

Frank Barberie
Frank Barberie Oct 26, 2015

Hi Duke love the lessons. Lesson 3 at 5:40 In not getting how to play this. Can you do a little Tab on this part?? Thank you

Scott Nowlan
Scott Nowlan Jul 29, 2013

Really appreciate the Chicago Blues !  This is great stuff.  This should be Music 101 for everyone that ever picked up a guitar. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 25, 2013

Thank you Bill, Duke 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 05, 2012

Thanks Bluesman, I appreciate that very much. Please spread the word to fellow guitarists who our lessons here may be of interest to, Ciao, Duke

Bill Apr 04, 2012


  I couldn't help but notice two things in the loop beginning at 10:14 to practice mixing riffs.


1. At the very end of the loop Dukes words match up with the words at the very beginning. ( That had to be done on purpose.)

2. Someone is clicking their fingers to the beat.


Just thought I would share that with you.



Bill Mar 31, 2012

    You've had an absolutely amazing career. We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to benefit from someone who has personal firsthand experiences as you have with the original masters. I say original because you are one of the masters and I love your music. Please keep those lessons coming!


Thanks again!

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 31, 2012

Thanks Mike, I did spend most of my mid-teens to twentys really listening ane soaking up all the blues styles. It didn't hurt that i was able to play with Muddy Waters at least a dozen times in my early twenties! and Joe turner, Freddy King, Buddy Guy, BB King and a long list of now deceased original masters of the blues. I even met Son House in a train station in Boston once. Things are very different now. I was fortunate to experience a lot of jazz and blues greats in my late teens and twenties live from Muddy and Howling Wolf to Sonny Stitt, Basie and Ellington. I got to open for Count Basie 3 times in early Roomful of Blues. All that went a long way towards learning the real feel of the music. But I will say my decades of listening to records may have played to biggest part in my learning experience.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Mar 31, 2012

I was learning this last night, and the thing that struck me is the phrasing.   How important it is ... and how much working on it will improve my playing.  It's hard to describe, but the way you play it ... the music comes alive in such a beautiful way.   

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Mar 31, 2012

Thank you everyone, The more I teach these type of things the more I realize the wealth of riffs i have stored in my brain from 50 years of playing the blues!  

Bill Adkins
Bill Adkins Mar 31, 2012

Great lesson. Love the riffs, but also really appreciate the insights on approach to playing these tunes...invaluable guidance. Thanks.

Bill Mar 30, 2012

Great lesson Duke!


I'm really enjoying these lessons in E you're doing.



Mike Caren
Mike Caren Mar 30, 2012

SWEET turnaround Duke!  Definitely going to add that to my bag of tricks.  Kind of has a Hideaway type of feel.

Login popup sm Login popup banner

Member Log In

Forgot your password? Click here

New To Sonic Junction?

See Sign Up Info >

Popup close
Login popup sm

New To Sonic Junction?

Try 2 Lessons Free

Popup close