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Preaching Blues


Main Riff

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Preaching Blues > Main Riff

In this lesson we learn the basic riff for Son House's "Preaching Blues", a song that had a profound influence on Robert Johnson and many others who heard it. You will need to tune your guitar in open E (Vastapol) and I suggest using fingerpicks. Once you learn the basic riff, just play it over and over until it becomes comfortable to you. Don't worry about singing right now we will get to that later. Enjoy.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open E Tuning
Corey Harris
Slide Guitar
Open E Tuning
Son House
Robert Johnson
Preaching Blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

Open E Tuning (E B E G# B E)

Loop 1:16 Open E Tuning

Loop 1:33 Run-Through of Preaching Blues

Loop 4:14 Main Riff

$1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. | $1. $1. $1. $1. $6.x $5.x $4.0 $1. $4.0 $6.3^ $1. $4.0 |
$6.0 $2.0.$1.0 $2.0.$1.0 $2.h2 $6.x $5.x $4.0 $1. $4.0 $6.3^ $1. $4.0 | $6.0 $2.0.$1.0 $2.0.$1.0 $2.h2 $6.x $5.x $4.0 $1. $4.0 $6.3^ $1. $4.0 |

Loop 5:40 Main Riff + Second Riff

$1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. | $1. $1. $1. $1. $6.x $5.x $4.0 $1. $4.0 $6.3^ $1. $4.0 |
$6.0 $1. $1.0 $1.12 $1. $1. $4.0.$3.0.$2.0.$1.0 $1. $1.0 $1./4 $1. $1.0 | $6.0 $1. $1.12 $1.12\ $1. $1.0 $1./4 $1. $1./4 $2.0 $2.h2 $1.0 |

Loop 7:20 Intro

$6.0 $1. $1.0 $1.12 $1. $1. $4.0.$3.0.$2.0.$1.0 $1. $1.0 $1./4 $1. $1.0 | $6.0 $1. $1.12 $1.12\ $1. $1.0 $1./4 $1. $1./4 $2.0 $2.h2 $1.0 |
$6.0 $1. $1.0 $2./5 $1. $2./5 $6.0 $1. $4.0 $4./3 $1. $1. | $6.0 $2.0.$1.0 $2.0.$1.0 $2.h2 $6.x $5.x $4.0 $1. $4.0 $6.3^ $1. $4.0 |

Loop 8:43 Closing Thoughts 

 

 

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Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Oct 29, 2014

I think there is a misprint on the tab. On the riff after the 12th fret it shows going from an open E to the 4th fret..... I think,,, That it should be to the 3rd fret. It could be why it sounds funny when I play it... or it could be me. Thank you

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 10, 2014

Hi Harry --- you make a great point and this one was a tricky one for us.  

Corey's actually playing a moving tone between the 3rd and 4th fret.  It's both the location and how he slides it that gets the right feel.  We tabbed in a /4 because he's beyond the 3rd fret --- but it's really a judgement call on how best to represent it.  I guess we can also use a 3/.  

For Corey's slide work, the best thing to do is to loop passages at either 50% or 75% speed and really listen to the pitch, tone and phrasing of the slide.  There's just so much that Corey's doing to make it sound so beautiful --- and careful listening, followed by linking what you hear in your mind to your slide is the best path to be on.

Thanks for bringing this up and I hope the explanation helps.

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Oct 19, 2015

HI Harry Mike's right. It's hard to tab because the Third in blues is beetwin the minor third and the major third. If you stop to the third fret it's to minor (although sometimesit's OK) and if you go to 4th fret is to Major (althought sometimes it's OK) to. But unfortunatly it's hard to tab all the quarter tone variation. Corey use all of them (minor, between and major) so you have to listen carefully to his variation. That the power of the slide although you can also do quater bend... Hope it helps JD

Steven
Steven Sep 20, 2014

 after an accumulated hour of practice.. for some reason i cant smothly get to the 12th freet and do that  open 12 brush. no coordination.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 02, 2014

Thanks Steven.  You getting off to a good start with the basic lick.  You play it in smoothly.  I suggest that youuse your palm to mute out the low e string because it should not be ringing out...should be more punchy if you know what I mean....almost staccatto.  Break up your practicing into 1) learning the basic riff like how you start out and 2) slide...think of it as two different things you are learning and break it up into pieces.  With your slide I suggest that you slow it down and listen to the nuances...vibrato, and whether to slide up into the note or hit it directly.  I like how your guitar sounds tho.  Keep on with it.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Sep 16, 2014

I'm really enjoying this one!

Thank you

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 02, 2014

Thanks Harry.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Sep 12, 2014

Thanks all...look for the next lesson coming later today!!

Chris
Chris Sep 07, 2014

Hey, Corey. Great performance at the Ogden Valley Blues Festival a few weeks back! Really enjoyed it! Great tune for this month's lessons as well!

Steven
Steven Sep 06, 2014

smooth speed, Mr. Harris.  Thank you for the lessons. Look forward to trying this one.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Sep 05, 2014

Great tune and amazing run-through!  I'm looking forward to learning this one.  Thanks Corey.

 
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