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Preaching Blues


Review and Double-Time Riff

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Preaching Blues > Review and Double-Time Riff

In this lesson we will review the material from the first lesson, then we focus on the important riffs that make the song more interesting. We analyze and slow down these riffs on the slide so we can all hear what is going on. I also review the proper way to hold the slide. Most importantly MAKE SURE THAT YOUR TOUCH IS NOT TOO HARD ON THE GUITAR!! Focus on breathing, upright posture, and playing from a place of calm...this way we will make fewer mistakes. Concentrate on proper rhythm and tempo...not too fast or too slow. Thanks and good luck!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open E Tuning
Slide Guitar
Open E Tuning
Son House
Preaching Blues
Delta Blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

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

Loop 0:55 Open E Tuning

Loop 1:46 Review 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 |

Main Riff + Second Riff

$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 3:06 Double Time Riff

$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 | $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 $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. $1.0 $2.0 $2.h2 $1.0 |

Double Time Riff

$6.0.$1.12 $1. $4.0 $1. $6.0.$1.10 $1. $4.0.$1.12 $1. | $6.0.$1.12 $1. $4.0 $1. $6.0 $1. $4.0 $1. | $6.0.$1.12 $1. $4.0 $1. $6.0.$1.10 $1. $4.0 $1. | $6.0.$1.12 $1. $4.0 $1. $6.0 $1. $4.0 $1. |
$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 $1./5 $1. $1.0 $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 | $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 4:00 Bringing It Together

Loop 6:14 Slide Fill Ideas

Loop 7:38 Lesson Review

Loop 9:30 Closing Thoughts 

 

 

 

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Corey Harris
Corey Harris Sep 18, 2014

@ Harry...that sounds about right.  There are a variety of different tones we can use depending upon here we place our hands.  Just do what feels right.  Thanks.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Sep 18, 2014

@ Peter Wolf...I am glad to hear that the song is working out for you.  Thanks for sharing.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Sep 18, 2014

@ Steven...Yes I think you are right in saying that Son House did not use fingerpicks.  I use them because I get better attack on the strings.  I like the tone that Son House gets usings bare fingers, especially the songs he recorded early in his career.  I don't think it is ever necessary to play with picks because another player may have used them for a particular song in the past...it is really up to the individual player.  Thanks and I look forward to seeing you post a video.

Steven
Steven Sep 20, 2014

Yes, sir. i posted a video..though i've got no handle on this song at all. just going to take time.

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Sep 17, 2014

Hi Corey, I just want to thank you for another great Son House song.

I used Preachin' last night at a Blues Jam, and it worked real good :-)  I turned it into a standard 12 bar, and used the main riff for the 1.  I used this weeks lesson as my solo.

Thanks again

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Sep 16, 2014

I have found myself moving my hand closer to the bridge for the main bass riff. It gives it a treble sound and using my left to mute the strings and then moving my hand to the middle for the higher notes... and using the palm to mute for that... does that sound right?

Steven
Steven Sep 15, 2014

Thank you, Mr. Harris.  I want to ask you about the thumb and finger picks. especially the thumb pick. I've never ejoyed using them. I thought its roughly a matter or prefference, however, I think that maybe some styles and songs just need those picks because it fits the song.  i might be wrong but I dont think son house was a real pick user. Will you touch on this in a future lesson on this song? I think the song sounds drastically different if the thumb is without a pick. I'm sorry for the question, but I wondered about  this one point in this tune. Thank you again for your hard work and generosity sharing your skills.

 
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