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Open G Licks

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Walking Blues > Open G Licks

In this lesson I show you how to play a few licks that work well with this song if you use them sparingly. They may also come in handy on another song in the future. Make sure that you have a good foundation before going on to use these licks! Enjoy!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open G Tuning
Corey Harris
Muddy Waters
Walking Blues
Son House
Robert Johnson

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:32 Open G Tuning (D G D G B D)

Loop 1:02 Lick #1

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Loop 1:45 Lick #1 with the Song

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Loop 2:12 Lick #2

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Lick #2 with the Song at 3:44

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Loop 5:14 Variation on the IV Chord

$6./4 | $5.0.$4.0.$3.0 $1. $5./4 $4.0.$3.0 $1. $1./5 $5.0.$4.0.$3.0 $1. $1. $5.0.$4.0.$3.0 $1. $4.1 | $4.2 $1. $3.3^ $3.0 $4.2 $3.0 $3.3^ $1. $3.3^ $3.0 $4.2 $3.0 |
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Loop 5:58 V Chord Variation

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$5.0.$4.0.$3.0 $1. $3.3^.$2.0 $5.0.$4.0 $1. $1./5 $5.0.$4.0.$3.0 $1. $1. $5.0.$4.0.$3.0 $1. $5./4 |

Loop 6:16 Closing Thoughts

 

 

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Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 05, 2014

Peter Wolf thanks for posting.  You are getting there.  I suggest that you pay closer attention to the rhythm...it seems that you get out of time here.  Try just practicing the rhythm by itself.  This will help you get your thumb together so that you are playing a continuous bass line.  Also there is not walkdown on this tune; it goes straight to the one after the four. Good luck!  

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Mar 13, 2014

Hi Corey, here's the video I promised.  Son House is the Man!!!

I tried this at my local Blues Jam and it worked *really* well :-D

 
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