Corey Harris

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Everybody Ought To Change

Lesson 2

In this lesson I wanted to respond to the comments I have seen on the website.  As always, the bass is the most most fundamental part of the song and should be well established first. I demonstrate here how to slow down the song and learn the bass and rhythm first.  I also show you how to isolate certain parts of the song (transitions from one chord to another, hammer-ons on D7 chord) and focus on them to make the song sounder fuller. I have thrown in some licks that we will get deeper into next week.  Pay attention to how the song feels, to the bass and the rhythm, and listen! Good luck everyone.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Delta Blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

To review from last week, the opening riff on the I chord is

$5.0.$2./5.$1./3 $2.5.$1.3 $5.0.$2.5.$1.3 $5.0.$2./5.$1./3 $2.5.$1.3 $5.0.$2.5.$1.3 $5.0.$2./5.$1./3 $2.5.$1.3 $5.0.$2.5.$1.3 $5.0.$2./5\.$1./3\ $5.0 | $4.2.$3.2.$2.2 $5.0.$1.5 $5.0.$1.3 $5.0 $5.0 $5.0 $5.0 |

The D7 IV chord fingering is


Finally, for the V chord E7 the lick is

$4.0 1 2 $6.0 $3.h1 $1.0 $2.3 $1.0 |

The first new riff on the I chord is

$5.0 $5.0.$2.13^.$1.12 $5.0.$2.13^.$1.12 $5.0.$2.13^.$1.12 $5.0.$2.13^.$1.12 $5.0 $5.0 $5.0 |

The next D7 riff is

$4.0 $4.0.$2.7.$1.8 $4.0.$2.7.$1.7 $1.5 $2.7 $4.0.$2.7.$1.8 $4.0.$2.7.$1.8 $4.0.$2./7 $1.5 | $4.0 $4.0.$2.7.$1.8 $4.0.$2.7.$1.7 $1.5 $2.7 $4.0.$2.7.$1.8 $4.0 |

The simple walk down is

$1. $1. $1. $4.5.$1.5 $1. $4.5.$1.5 $4.4.$1.5 $1. $4.4.$1.5 $4.3.$1.5 $1. $4.3.$1.5 | $4.2.$1.5 $1. $1.0 2 $1. $4.2.$3.2.$2.2.$1.3

The more complex walk down is

%X/X.X/X.5/3.X/X.2/1.5/4 %X/X.X/X.4/2.X/X.3/1.5/4 %X/X.X/X.3/1.X/X.4/3.5/4 %X/X.X/X.2/1.X/X.5/4.5/4
$3.0h1 $1.0 $2.3 $1. 0 2 $4.2.$3.2.$2.2.$1.3 |



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Hi Corey,

Here is my upload. Will listen to lesson 1 when it comes out. Appreciate your feedback as always. 



Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 02, 2017

Tempo, volume and rhythm sound good Doc. I would only add that when you play the bass E note, it is popping too loudly.  Try putting that under control a little bit if you can,  using it sparingly. Feb 22, 2017

Hi Corey/Sonic Junction,

Is there a lesson one to this song?

Were the lyrics posted in that lesson too?

Would appreciate any help. Thanks


Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 22, 2017

Hi Doc --- we're working on re-releasing the first lesson with new sheet music and loop points.  It should be back up by the end of the week. Feb 23, 2017

Thanks Mike. I'll look out for it.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 09, 2013

@ Vince...nice job.  I like the guitar sound that you get and you have a nice light touch on the strings.  I suggest that you work on the bass more.  I can hear it good sometimes but other times it gets quieter.  Also check the lesson for the variations and different riffs which will make the song more interesting to listen to and more fun to play.  Good luck.

Vince Apr 05, 2013

Hi Corey,

I thought I'd try submitting this tune to you for you to give me some feedback. I know this tune must be ancient history to you but I really like it and I'm still struggling with the singing. 

Forgive the poor video and sound but I'm a long way away and totally inexperienced in such wonders on the internet.

Well keep well and thanks for your lessons, they're great.



Vince Apr 05, 2013


Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 25, 2011 is that D7 riff going for you?  Wrok on that rhythm and the feel and be will come together.  Matt...glad to hear that you are enjoying the lesson.  Please y'all let me know how I can help.  Good luck.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 25, 2011

Thanks for the comments.  As for getting the timing right, try listening to as much country blues as you can stand.  For me, it was real hard to get the feel of a particular song by just listening to the one song I want to learn.  Try listening to songs from similar time periods.  Listen to the rhythm and the timing, how the vocal goes with the beat (whether it is before or behind the beat).  Also, don't forget to practice first thing in the morning and last thing at night and you will see progress.  Finally, GO SLOW and work on little pieces first, piece by piece and then stitch it together after awhile.  Attention to all the little details will win the day everytime!

matt fraza
matt fraza Nov 20, 2011

Wow. Totally looking forward to practicing all week w this awesome lesson. The teaching is true and clear. I teach first grade and was playing stuff from part one on Friday during snack and dismissal time anfd the kids were grooving. Been applying the "learn the bass structure first" approach to other songs in my bag and it is helping my time and groove so much. thanks, Corey. ps-have agood hot toddy and get some rest. hope you feel better!

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 18, 2011

Playing the more complex turnaround .. and the first shape reminded me of this funky blues rhythm.   It's funny how one thing will jog something else out of your mind ...

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 18, 2011

Hi Corey .. really enjoying this lesson .. thanks!  Probably the hardest part for me is the new D7 riff, and getting the timing just right.  Really like the more complex walk down too .. beautiful .. that one is going to take me a bit too .. but well worth it!

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