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In this second lesson I focus on the rest of the introduction leading into the main riff of the song. Pay attention to the bass and rhythm first...the more time you spend on the foundation the stronger your house will be. Keep it simple, play it real slow until you bring it up to tempo. Good luck.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Delta Blues
Corey Harris
Acoustic Blues
Skip James
Devil Got My Woman
Open Em Tuning

Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 0:53 run through

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loop @ 1:47 2nd part of intro break down

loop @ 5:35 review whole intro

loop @ 6:35 bass




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Tom M.
Tom M. Jan 12, 2016

Hello Corey,

Attached you'll find my progress in week two of this song.
I tried to maintain the same soft touch (with a dynamic note - mostly not on purpose - here and there). 
Also did I manage to "vamp" around this song. The timing on the part where I hit the singing theme again doesn't seem quiet right to me (around 0:40).

Big tnx in advance

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 21, 2016

Good work here.  Your light touch is where it is at.  I would suggest that you slow the tempo down just a little bit and dig in on the 'one' a little morre.  It sounds a little rushed as you play it here.  Thank you for posting and looking forward to another.

Tom M.
Tom M. Jan 22, 2016

Well thank you. I'll post an update tonight...

I did a lot of lurking and trying many different tunes you teach. 
I learned a lot without posting much. Trying to get things "under control".

I also tried to "speak" the lyrics to get their timing correct. Singing is still a bridge too far as far as I'm concerned (wow - two times far in 1 sentence) :-)

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Aug 02, 2012

Thanks Corey, 

As I said to Duke, this kind of instruction rocks!

I am playing slow because I am trying to keep a steady beat with my thumb. and play the notes as they are written (and heard).  Also because my fingers are fat :-D

Apart from the flub on the first "dragging" note.  What mistakes stand out?

I have time to record one more version before I jump on a plane for 3 weeks





William Angalik
William Angalik Aug 02, 2012

my progress with lesson.

In lesson one the finger slide from 3/4th fret low E string is mixing up my rhythm timing.  In lesson two I notice an upward brushing strum at the second part of the introduction.

It sure has a simple bass line but not an easy song to syncopate the melody of the song.

take care.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 02, 2012 are getting there!  I like how you play it real slow.  There are some mistakes but don't sweat that.  You are doing it.  Just keep on listening and playing and you will get there.  I guess I should have said that the song is simple, not easy.  But it will be easy for you once you get it.  Just keep on the path...good luck.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 02, 2012

@Alex...I dig the Jimi Hendrix story.  I heard that he used to make his own pedals....thanks.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 01, 2012

Great Peter!!! I agree with you...The tune is really tough also for me for not talkin about the singin'....but these are the things that I like!!! 

Talk to you soon! :))

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Jul 31, 2012

*Phew*  I don't know why you say this is an "easy" song...  I think there is an awfui lot to memorize.

Anyway here's me.

I'll be away for several weeks, but I look forward to continuing in September.

Great lesson Corey


Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jul 30, 2012

@Corey...the only thing I can do with my hands, and I do it well, is cooking...:DD Too difficoult to build an amply even if I'd like to be able to do this manual things. I'll look for a cheap one but I think I'm gonna start without nothing and see how much money I can collect otherwise I can take Muddy's example :DD

Your words also reminded me an interesting article I read yesterday about the book of  the early life of Jimy Hendrix....He and his brother were listening to some music on the radio and Jimi started to open the radio, separate all its components and at the end he tried to put all together but he didn't get the result. When his dad went back home bacame really upset with Jimy for what he has done...He replied that he was lookin for the music...:D Don't know if it's true, but it's a nice story :)))

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 29, 2012

@Alex...yes I agree shipping too much.  You'll do fine with your guitar alone.  Or you can also build a small amplifier for your guitar or buy a cheaper one online somewhere.  Good luck.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jul 29, 2012

@Corey...thsnks! :) I've heard al lot of his version of Devil Got my Woman but like you, I prefer the older ones...I think that in the old recordings he was even darker and obscure than in the newer ones...

About Skip...I like a lot also this tune..


Pignose has just replied about my question of shipping's 106$...I don't want to spend so much money...then I'll try with my guitar only :))



Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 29, 2012

@Alex...I don't know about the Roland Street cube or the Pignose.  I never used an amp when I was playing on the street.  Way back when I was younger I used to want one but couldn't afford to buy it.  I think this is one of the reasons why I played a lot of resonator guitar on the street because they are louder than a regular guitar.  Try reading reviews on the internet, if you haven't already.  Good luck.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 29, 2012

@Alex...Nice work.  Sounds good.  You have a nice light touch on the guitar and the tempo and rhythm are on point.  Remember that you can do it your own way and still be true to the song.  I have heard different versions of Skip James doing this song, so there is no one right way, once you get the main riffs, tempo and rhythm like you have already done.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jul 29, 2012

@Mike...It works with batteries right? It doesn't have a rechargable battery ..This is the main problem.I'd rather prefer to have it. I'd like to avoid spending too much money in batteries....It has a total output of 5W. Do you think it's enough to play in the street? :))

I wait for your video with singin too. I'm tryin to find the word to sing it in Italian :)


@wAngalik.....thanks for the video :)


William Angalik
William Angalik Jul 28, 2012

(Notes: Steve Calt) 

"At the urging of his protege Johnnie Temple, a Jacksonite who later became a popular blues singer of the 1930s.  Skip James auditioned in 1931 for H. C. Speir at the latter's Jackson, Mississippi music store.  Dispatched to Grafton, Wisconsin, he recorded 26 sides (his count) for Paramount." 


Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jul 28, 2012

Hi Alex .. I have a Roland Cube Street and love it.  I think Duke has one too.  Great amp for home.  I have never tried to perform with it.

You sound great !!  ... I need to go a practice!

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jul 28, 2012's my last attempt

also one more question if you or anybody else could help me....I was lookin for a battery power amplifier...microphone and's for buskin. I've read good recension about PIGNOSE in general and of ROLAND CUBE STREET too...what do you think about them? :)

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