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Going Down Slow


Performance, Bass and Rhythm

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Going Down Slow > Performance, Bass and Rhythm

In this lesson we will learn the classic blues standard, 'Going Down Slow' by St. Louis Jimmy Oden. I start with a demonstration of my version and then we begin to unravel the song. Pay close attention to the bass and your tempo, as this will be the foundation of the house we are trying to build. Make sure that you have a foot tapping or stomping to help you keep time and make the song drive along.

Enjoy!

Corey

 

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Corey Harris
Howlin' Wolf
Going Down Slow
St. Louis Jimmy Oden

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 1:32 Run-Through of Going Down Slow

 

I've done had my fun, if I don't get well no more

I've done had my fun, if I don't get well no more

My health is failing me, and I'm going down slow

 

Please write my mother, tell her the shape I'm in

Please write my mother, tell her the shape I'm in

Tell her to pray for me, forgive me for my sins

 

Tell her don't send no doctor, you know the doctor can't do no good

Tell her don't send no doctor, you know the doctor can't do no good

It's all my fault, all my fault, I didn't do the things I should

 

Loop 4:40 Breakdown of Going Down Slow

Intro

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Main Chorus

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Loop 9:48 Closing Thoughts

 

 

 

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William DeRaymond
William DeRaymond Nov 02, 2015

Great song! Great teaching as akways!  Thanks Corey!

lazarlem
lazarlem Oct 31, 2015

Good to see you back.

I'm in Bularaia.  Bela Fleck plays Wednesday.

I like Champion Jack Dupree's version. I think Howling Wolf includrd him in his version.

 

This song is close to  "Erverybod'y's got To Change"  right?

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 21, 2016

It is in the same key as I play it, yes.  

 
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