Corey Harris

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Everybody Ought To Change

Lesson 3

This week we will be adding some licks to go over our steady bass lines that we worked on in the last lesson.  Remember that less is more and don't try to add everything to this one song. I hope that these few licks will inspire you to add them to other songs as you learn them and work out your own versions. Work on the licks and use the ones you like best tabasco...too much spoil the pot! Thanks again for all the feedback and please let me know if there is something you need help with.

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

Print Print Chords & Tab

The chord form and fingering for the first riff is


The second riff is

$3.9.$1.9 $3.7.$1.7 $3.5^.$1.5

The next D7 riff is (note: Corey plays different variations so listen carefully)

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

The ending riff is

$1.0 2 5 2h3p2p0 $2./2 $3.2 $1.0 2 0 $2.2.$1.3 |



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Boyd R
Boyd R Jan 05, 2016

Thanks it will be a while

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 11, 2016

Feel free to suggest any instructional video topics (specific fundamentals, etc) that you would like to see here!

Boyd R
Boyd R Jan 02, 2016

Really a great tune very nice playing.I thing is where I should start on this first

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 05, 2016

Thank you.  We look forward to you posting a video here when you are ready.

lazarlem Aug 25, 2015

 I've been working on this for a good while.  I love the words, they're new fresh and original.  I shift from D to E and back because it works for me.  There aren't that many changes but when you play and sing them, its harder. Practice, practice , pracitice , is what the old man told the lost boy, when he asked" How do I get to Carrnagie Hall" ( America's great performing center")


Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 29, 2015

Greetings and thanks for posting.  It is great that you are not timid about singing!  However, I suggest that you get a firm grasp of the guitar lines and chords before you try singing.  Apply yourself slowly as you have been doing already.  Learn the bass line first, independently of the melody and then put them together.  After awhile you should be able to put them together.  All the best....

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 13, 2014

Thanks Harry Roullier.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Jul 29, 2014

Great lesson thank you. Nice detail on the lead.


Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 23, 2014

@Maurizio...thanks for your post.  You have a good grasp of the style already.  Here are a few things that you can change to make it a little better.  1) I hear the B string ringing out when you are playing and since that note is not in the key that string should be muted when when it is open and you are not fretting it to make a chord.  2) When you do the walk-up bass line during the verses make sure that you don't let the 5th string ring out but instead choke it so that it is more punchy/staccato.  Good luck!

Maurizio Jan 14, 2014

After a month of practice I tried to put in some rythm and a little bit of singing and soloing

this is really my first approach to this style

... it's still not so easy


Maurizio Jan 14, 2014

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 17, 2012

@ daddyray...thanks for leaving a comment.  looking forward to hearing more from you.  be well.

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Apr 17, 2012

this is nice stuff..thanks. I know the main riff as a Mance thing and the slide D7 shaped A chord from Robert Johnson of course.  ..the filligre across the 4 chord is cool. I have played that differently but now I ahave some new variations. Thanks you


(and some of us cannot sing and play at the same time...and oddly since my foot is messed up I cannot tap my foot in time (as my drummer brothers razz me about that endlessly...different strokes for different folks as Sly sang))

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 28, 2011

@MikeCaren: It sounds to me like you got it.  I would only suggest picking out the triad (1-2-3, 1-2-3), each string.  You could resolve on the 5 and it would make a good intro for a song....

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 28, 2011

Hi Corey .. I'm enjoying the new licks.  Any tips on the video below?

Not sure why .. but kinda having fun electrifying it.  I really like that second riff you taught.  I don't have quite the right feel of it yet, but I like bending it as you can really make it express a lot.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 28, 2011

@matttfraza: Great, thanks for the message.  Yes, please do add a video so we can see what's going on.  All the best to you....

matt fraza
matt fraza Nov 27, 2011

No questions yet, just continued gratitude. Going to really try and put it together this week and try to add a vid by the end of the week for critique, if that is cool.

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