Doobie Brothers Bonus 8-Pack
the Doobie Brothers pack contains acoustic lessons on some of their biggest hits, a couple fingerpicking novelty pieces, and two bonus electric lessons from Max Rich on Listen To The Music and China Grove.
Lesson 1: Listen To The Music
Listen To The Music was the song that launched the Doobie Brothers into the national and international spotlight. It was released in 1972 on their second album Toulouse Street and featured one of Tom Johnston's signature opening guitar riffs- a syncopated hammer-on into an E major/A major cycle. The chord progression mostly stays in the key of E, using barre chords and partial barre chords but the main challenge is getting the opening strumming pattern just right.
Lesson 2: China Grove
China Grove is one of Tom Johnston's signature sound songs. It is just a simple, but driving power chord based riff, combined with a few guitar fills and inspired vocals from Tom, with Pat Simmons and Tiran Porter adding great backing parts and harmony. The song was released in 1973 on the 3rd Doobie Brothers album, The Captain And Me. This lesson goes over the main rhythm guitar parts with a few lead fills thrown in.
Lesson 3: Long Train Runnin'
Long Train Runnin' is a classic Tom Johnston riff-based tune which was released on the 3rd Doobie Brothers album, The Captain And Me in 1973. The simple chord progression revolves around 2-note hammer-ons and pull-offs above a barre chord, with a syncopated strumming pattern.
Lesson 4: South City Midnight Lady
The Doobie Brothers were a band with a couple of different personalities and sounds. Tom Johnston's hard rockers were balanced with Pat Simmons softer, country-rock tunes. South City Midnight Lady is one of his best from a guitar player's point of view as it features a free-form accompaniment style that is part strumming and part fingerpicking.
Lesson 5: Black Water
This fingerpicking song by Pat Simmons shows off even another dimension in the Doobie Brothers sound - a bluesy, southern feel. It is a simple chord progression done in Double Dropped D Tuning but includes some snappy syncopated picking as well. The lesson covers all the accompaniment guitar parts.
Lesson 6: Chicago
Chicago is a country blues tunes that Pat Simmons learned as a young musician in Northern California in the mid 1960s from a local performer named Billy Dean, who was also referenced in a Hot Tuna song on their album Burgers. It is a modified 12-bar blues tune played in a Travis style in the key of A. It found a home as the last track on the 1st Doobie Brothers album in 1971.
Lesson 7: Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners (The Ivory Salamander)
Today we look at a fingerpicking piece you may have heard but might not be able to place. It is a song written by another student of Neil's guitar teacher Alan Beilharz, Jim Page. You'll have to watch it for more of that story. It is called Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners and appeared on the 3rd Doobie album, The Captain And Me. It was originally called The Ivory Salamander and features a couple of intermediate licks over an alternating bass pattern using standard chords.
Lesson 8: Listen To The Music - Electric Guitar Lesson
Listen To The Music is one of The Doobie Brother's biggest hits from their album "Toulouse Street" released in 1972. This song uses an inversion of the common major chord where you play the third of the chord as the root which helps create that unique Doobie Brothers sound. They use that inversion a lot in their guitar playing so keep an eye out for it! They do a common move where you shift between a barre chord in your first finger and a minor 7 chord by hammering on with your middle and ring finger that i'll break down and show you how to play. It's based around barre chords in the key of A that you'll need to be able to play solidly in the pocket as well and provides a great chance to practice your timing.
Lesson 9: China Grove - Electric Guitar Lesson
China Grove is a great song by The Doobie Brothers from their 1973 album "The Captain and Me". The Doobie Brothers have that happy go lucky americano music sound due to their usage of major chords and major pentatonic scales. Like their other songs, it's very rhythmic and bouncy with sparse usage of hammer on or pull offs. The solo has a great blues vibe and incorporates a lot of repeated bending patterns as well as note repetition. It revolves more around an emotional and musical style of playing instead of pure technique, which can be easy to play but difficult to emulate effectively. I'll show you how to get it down with a bit of practice though, so lets get started!
Lesson 10: Toulouse Street - The Doobie Brothers - Guitar Lesson
Toulouse Street, the title song from The Doobie Brothers second album, released in 1972, is a haunting little acoustic guitar fingerpicking piece written by Patrick Simmons.
It was done as a guitar duet with each in slightly altered tunings. This lesson looks at the opening guitar part, which was done with a capo at the third fret.
It is really just straightforward alternate bass picking with the fingers emphasizing melody notes between the beats.
It is quite fast and includes a rapid run of pull-offs as well as an unusual arch-barre, where the index finger plays two notes on adjacent frets.