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Diddy Wah Diddy


Main Section, IV and V Chords

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Diddy Wah Diddy > Main Section, IV and V Chords

In this lesson we discuss the four and five chords and how to play them with an alternating bass.  I also break down the introduction and discuss playing the alternating bass while singing.  Enjoy!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open E Tuning
Corey Harris
Blind Blake
Slide Guitar
Open E Tuning
Diddy Wah Diddy

Print Print Chords & Tab

Diddy Wah Diddy background listening: Blind Blake

loop @ 0:26 Open E Tuning (E B E G# B E)

loop @ 0:30 IV and V Chords

loop @ 1:57 Intro Review (Slight Variation from Last Weeks Intro)

$6.3 | $5.0 $1. $4.2.$2.0.$1.2 $1. $5.0.$2.2^ $1.0 $4.0 $5.1 | $5.2 $1. $4.0.$2.2.$1.0 $1. $6.0.$1./4 $1. $4.0.$1./4 $1.0 | $6.0 $1./4 $1.\2 $1.0 $2.2 $1.0 $4.3 $3.0 |
$4.0 $1. $6.3 $5.0 $4.2.$3.1.$2.0.$1.2 $1. $1. $1. $1. |

loop @ 2:45 Main Section Breakdown 

$6.0 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. $6.0 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. | $6.0 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $2.0.$1.0 $6.0 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. | $6.0 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. $6.0 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. |
$6.0.$2.3 $1. $4.0.$3.0.$2.3.$1.2 $2.3.$1.2 $6.0 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. | $5.2 $1. $4.0.$3.1 $1. $5.2 $1. $4.0.$3.1 $2.0 | $6.0.$2.h2 $1. $4.0.$3.1 $1./4 $6.0 $1.0 $4.0.$3.0 $1. |
$6.0 $1. $4.0.$3.0.$1./4 $1. $6.0.$1./4 $1.0 $4.0.$3.0 $1. | $6.0.$1./4 $1. $4.0.$3.0.$1.0 $2./5 $6.0 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. | $5.0 $1. $4.2.$3.1.$1.2 $1. $5.0.$2.2 $1.0 $4.0.$3.0 $5.1 |
$5.2 $1. $4.0.$3.1 $1. $6.3 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. | $6.0 $1./4 $1.\2 $1.0 $2.2 $1.0 $4.3 $3.0 | $4.0 $1. $6.3 $5.0 $4.2.$3.1.$2.0.$1.2 $1. $1. $1. $1. |

loop @ 4:56 I Chord / First 4 Bars - Practice Loop

loop @ 6:19 IV - V and Turnaround / Remaining 8 Bars - Practice Loop

 

 

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JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Nov 18, 2013

@Corey Thank you Corey i'll try you're advice and work the song in that way :)

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 17, 2013

@Peter Wolf....you are exactly right!

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Nov 12, 2013

@At Corey i've finaly got what you play on the verse and the last detail of the intro. I have to work it now. It's really nice to have a second voice under the melody !!

Greetings

JD

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Nov 12, 2013

@Peter : Yes you're right it's a standard blues although in Blake version it's not alway clearly a IV chord in the tenth measure. Sometimes he'll stay on the V or just play a lick on it. But it's a 12bar blues for sure :)

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Nov 12, 2013

Hello Corey, in case or you miss my last video i put it by Youtube. I've download the last one without youtube and maybe you didn't notice it it was just a little icon...

Thanks

JD

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 16, 2014

Hi JD --- sounds great.  I agree with Corey, you have a nice light touch on the slide.  Love the tone too!

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 16, 2014

@JD...I dig the tone that you get from the guitar here and your touch on the slide is nice and light.  I think you should focus on the rhythm of the song, make it swing more.  Try putting more emphasis on the '2' and the '4' beat and see how that feels.  

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Nov 09, 2013

Hi Corey and all,

 

Last week, I was confused about the form of Diddy-Wa-Diddy.  I couldn't figure out the basic chord sequence.  I wanted to be able to simply strum the song and sing before going on to encorporating the licks.  It helps me understand what is going on.

However, this week it became clear-- it is just a normal 12-bar blues

 

I                        I                    I                    I

There's a gread big mystery, and it sure is worrying me

IV                   IV       I                    I

Diddy-wa-diddy           Diddy-wa-diddy

V                            IV                           I              I/V

Can somebody tell me diddy-wa-diddy means

 

I've been strumming and singing it, and I'm pretty sure I'm right.  Am I?

Hope this helps others.

P

 
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