Leon Redbone ebook

€ 14.50 

Leon Redbone "Full Option"

€ 22.50 

All the songs listed below.

To order : click on "buy now" and you are directed to Paypal to complete the payment.  Paypal will notify me and then Tabs/pdf's and eventual links to lesson video's are sent by me personally to your Paypal email address.

(or any other email address, if you let me know).
This may take a few hours as I live in Europe.


So tabs are not sent automatically, neither by snail mail, neither as downloadable links etc.

You should receive your order within 24 hours after payment.  If not, do check your spam folder first, then contact me through my Paypal email or use the "contact me" on this website and I'll sort it out immediately.

You can also order an individual Tab with lessonvideo from any Lesson Pack or ebook as well.   

They cost €7.50 each. To order got to the "Individual TABS and Lessons" page, just above the dotted line in the navigation bar.




To get to know the man better, here's a rare interview he gave Frets Magazine in 1985.  There's also a tab of "Ain't Misbeheaving" in it.

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Interesting and funny, Dan Levinson, Leon Redbone's clarinet player for 25 years, talks about his adventures on the road with Leon 




Leon Redbone ebook

All these songs have been recorded by Leon Redbone and you can find his performances on YouTube.

All the lyrics are provided and  written under the tab for easy learning (except for "Why"). 

25 pages of tab and 180 minutes of lessonvideo's.


1. Mr Jelly Roll Baker

Key of C, standard tuning

Leon Redbone played this Lonnie Johnson song often as there are at least 4 versions on YouTube.  It's one of the few songs in which he desplayed his guitar prowess, sometimes a bit quircky but always interesting.  My version is heavely based on these YouTube versions.

3 pages tab and 27 minute lessonvideo

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkM_8QlQfeE


2. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

Key of G, standard tuning but tuned down a half step

Another one of his favorite songs.  My version is based on his 1977 YouTube performance; one of the few he plays alone.

The guitararrangement is pretty basic, apart from the solo at the end, which is challenging.

4 pages tab 18 minute videolesson

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbLi97fydUc


3. Sweet Substitute

Key of G, standard tuning but tuned down a half step

Pianist Jelly Roll Morton recorded this song at the end of his career in 1939.  It's one of the first songs he also sang and he turned out to be a great bluesy singer.  Leon was heavely influenced by Jelly Roll's singing and it shows in this song especially.

For the guitararrangement I wanted to step away from the simple comping style Leon uses on this song and I borrowed much of Dave van Ronk's arrangement, although the vocals are more Jelly's and Leon's.

3 pages tab and 25 minute videolesson

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQIhSwoz300


4. That Old Familiar Blues

Key of C, standard tuning but tuned down a half step

One of Leon's own compositions and a great take on the old style Tin Pan Alley blues.

The accompaniment behind the vocals is kept very simple but has a few unusual steps.  I made my own interpretation of the accompaniment between the verses.

2 pages tab and 10 minute videolesson

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJLY2FE1wuQ




5. My Walking Stick

Key of Am, standard tuning

One of his most original arrangements of this Irving Berlin songs and really fun to play. 

4 pages tab and 27 minute videolesson

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WiNpU1_CBE


6- Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now

Key of C, standard tuning

This song is carried by its great lyrics so I kept the guitararrangement simple.

3 pages tab and 20 minute videolesson

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyCVjY0n2SU


7. Up A Lazy River

Key of C, standard tuning

Again I wanted to step away from Leon's simple comping style and used much of Duck Baker's arrangement.

Probably the most difficult song in this set.

4 pages of tab and 36 minute videolesson

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5iuuVkLfHQ


8. Why

Bonus song (it's already in the Lesson Pack volume 5, but it really belongs in this pack as well)

Key of C, standard tuning but tuned down a half step

Another great Jelly Roll Morton song in which Leon's singing really shines.

The guitararrangement is more based on Jelly's singing as Leon comps this very simple on his recording.

2 pages tab and 18 minutes videolesson

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eHqe9fG2LM



9. Big Time Woman

One of Leon's showtunes. 

Key of G, standard tuning 

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjXKVX3nfnA



Full Option ebook

For only  8 Euro more I'll add to the above ebook all my previous Leon Redbone style songs/lessons (they are already listed over several of the Lesson Packs).  This offer is interesting for those who don't have the Lesson Packs containing these songs yet.


1- Haunted House Blues

Key of G, standard tuning
A Bessie Smith song.  It's a jazzy tuned mainly strummed with a fingerpicked solo.  This one will set you ready for next Halloween.

Performance video


2- Christmas Ball Blues

Key of C, standard tuning tuned down a full step to D.
A typical Leon Redbone song in his relaxed style.  Easy and fun song to play.

Performance video



3- Shine On Harvest Moon

Key of C, standard tuning but tuned down a half step
A fingerstyle version, without all the fancy jazz chords, of this classic jazz tune.
Three pages of tab.  
The whole song is transcribed and all lyrics are written under the tab 

Performance video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPafutQQv9Y



4- Winin' Boy

Standard tuning, Key of C

A Jelly Roll Morton classic.  Three pages of tab with lyrics written under the tab.

Performance video



5- After You've Gone

Bessie Smith's rendition of this standard really stands out.  I found a version in the style of Chet Atkins (with that typical boom-chick bass) and show you how you can rearrange such an arrangement into an interesting bluessong by looking beyond the tab and adding especially variations in the right hand.

 Key of C

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mK3TewPjBk




6- Crazy Blues

The first commercially published blues in 1920, sung by Mamie Smith.  It's more a ragtime and vaudeville song with a bluesy feeling.  My rendition is based on the singing of Leon Redbone and the playing of Roger Sutcliffe. Key of C   Lesson video 29 minutes

Performance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvBOyJB_7Qk   


7- So Relax

Standard tuning but tuned down a half step; key of G

Performance video


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