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In this last lesson I wanted to show you how I do the hammer-ons in the main riff of the tune. I discuss the importance of rhythm and endings, as well as keeping a steady bass at the same time as you are playing the melody of the riff. I dig how you all have been following the lesson and putting you own individual stamp on the tune. Make sure you take your time and practice each part of the tune over and over again until you have it. See you next week for a brand new tune. Good luck.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Corey Harris
Acoustic Blues
howlin wolf

Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 1:32 Hammer-Ons

$6.0 $2.0 2 3 0h2p0 $6.0 $2.0 2 $3.0h1p0 $4.2 |
$6.0 $2.0 2 3 0h2p0 $6.0 $2.0 2 $3.0h1p0 $1.0.$2.0 |

loop @ 5:24 Bass, Brushes and Run-Through

loop @ 10:10 Ending #1

$6.0 $2.3.$1.4 $3.4.$2.3 $3.\3.$2\2 $2.2.$1.3 $3.3.$2.2 $3.\2.$2.\1 $2.1.$1.2 $3.2.$2.1 $3.0 $3.h1 $2.0.$1.0 | $2.0 $2.2 $6.0 $5.2 $4.2 $3.1 $2.3 $1.0 $1. $1. $1. $1. |

loop @ 10:34 Ending #2

$6.0 $1. $1.7 $2.8 $1.0 $1. $2.5 $2.3 $3.4\2 $3.0 $4.2 | $2.0.$1.0.$6.0 $1. $6.0.$2.0.$1.0 $6.0.$2.2.$1.0 $1. $6.0 $5.2 $4.2 $3.1 $2.3 $1.0 $1. |

 loop @ 12:30 Rhythm

 

 

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Jay
Jay Jul 07, 2017

corey, i also did recordings of you've got to change your mind and laughing to keep from crying, if you have a chance to take a look at those....

thanks

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 07, 2017

 Ok jay i will check those out thank you 

Jay
Jay Jul 07, 2017

Thanks for the feedback and encouragement. Yeah the singing takes some practise

Jay
Jay Jun 17, 2017

Hi Corey I uploaded 44 Blues a couple of days ago hoping for some feedback when you have a momenT

thx

Jay
Jay Jun 06, 2017

 hi corey, peace. this is a bit rough, but i've got to play it and get it out there. and looking for your advise & feedback, thanks

Jay

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 06, 2017

Hi your guitar playing is solid and you keep good time. I would only suggest that you try brushing your stings with your thumb when playing  the bass riff. Also don't be afraid to sing... keep working on it until you find a comfort zone. Good work. Thanks for posting. 

Shawn
Shawn Nov 30, 2013

Thanks Mike, those are perfect.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 22, 2013

Hi Shawn - great to have you a part of Sonic Junction.  I will tab out the endings Corey plays later today.  If there is one that especially catches your attention, please let me know the timecode so I can be sure and get it.  Thanks.

Shawn
Shawn Nov 21, 2013

Any chance you can post the tabs for some of the endings being demonstrated? Thanks. Just joined and finding these lessons incredible. 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 29, 2013

@Big White yes you are right I am brushing the strings with my thumb while playing the solo section and what I am doing with my left hand is dampening/choking the strings (also with my right hand as well) to either let them ring out or be quiet.

Pls post a video of you playing the song so I can see where you are at.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 26, 2013

@bg white...thanks for posting and welcome to sonic junction.  Let me think on the best way to respond to your question....I'll answer your question in a couple hours if that is ok.

paco
paco Apr 12, 2013

Thanks , Thanks Thanks !!!

I like your Lesson so much ! Excellent , Thank you again.

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Sep 14, 2012

Thanks Corey, I'll do that, and post another version in a few months.

Thanks for the terrific lessons

P

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Sep 14, 2012

@Peter...I see that you have made progress with the tune.  I would suggest that you play the tune with a metronome.  This will help get you more comfortable with the tune.  It is good to hear you singing.  Keep working on it.  Sing the tune (in tempo) when you are away from the guitar, record it and listen to yourself often.  We are our own best critics!  Think about how you sound, how you have heard others sing the tune, and how you want to sound.  Over time you will make small adjustments to your singing which will help get you to where you want to be.  Good luck!

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Sep 13, 2012

@Corey...  Hi Corey, blast from the past!

I'm still working on 44 Blues, and I wanted to post a progress report.

Interesting to compare with myself 3 months ago.

Cheers

P

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 12, 2012

@daddyray...ok thanks.

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Aug 12, 2012

so this is Peck Curtis the drummer from Sonny Boy's King Biscuit boys singing it. I did not know he sang. Levon Helm used to play Peck's kit when he was coming up...the lead harp is Sonny Boy but I cannot tell what else is happening here. 

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Aug 12, 2012

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Jul 20, 2012

Corey, Little Feat and later Eric Clapton did 44 blues with a more second line thing happening...Clapton with Andy newmark from teh blues tours of the mid90s. Little Feat (with Ry Cooder since Lowell ruined his hand) from the first LF record...I think they are worth chceking out FWTW.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 19, 2012

@Jeff...welcome back.  Got a new lesson coming up soon, so stay tuned.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 19, 2012

@Peter Wolf...Thanks for the comments and welcome to sonic junction.  Spend more time listening to the tune (both my version and the Howling Wolf version) to get an idea about where to place the vocal line.  Listen to it over and over and over...then you will start to FEEL where the vocal goes instead of thinking about it.  I would say learn the guitar line first and then try playing along with me on the lesson as I sing the line.  Once you have the guitar line, then work on the vocal line.  Take your time and you will see results.

I wore my .44 so long, made my shoulder SORE (repeat)

                (A)                                        (E)

After I DO what I want to,     ain't gonna wear my .44 no more

          (B)                     (A)                                                 (E)

 

This is more or less how I sing it.  I think that you should not worry about trying to chart out what is happening though...just listen to the song a whole lot and you will hear it after awhile.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 19, 2012

@Daddy Ray...thanks for the comment.  Work song...you right.  I never really thought about this tune as having a second line feel.  It would be nice to hear someone do it like that.

 
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