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Watch the Shades Of The Duke online guitar lesson by David Blacker from Swing Blues Survival Guide: Lead

"Shades of the Duke" is a look at two solos in the style of Duke Robillard. Duke is a master swing blues stylist, and someone you've got to spend a minute studying to get a solid handle on. I highly recommend all his recordings, but the album Swing is a great starting place. It features a ton of great swing blues language and phrasing. The two solos are in the key of Bb, a very common swing blues key, and are meant to be played together as one long solo. They incorporate some key melody based riffs, transitional elements, II-V-I turnarounds, and ideas in multiple octaves and positions on the neck.