Greetings Guitar Lovers and Other Animals! We're back in the saddle with Lead Belly's classic The Rock Island Line and in this lesson we'll explore some ways to make this song begin to really come alive with bass runs and a 2 finger riff. The key of E has so many wild possibilities and you definitely don't have to wait any longer to start incorporating them into your playing. This song is a beautiful example of a flexible piece that can accommodate many different approaches. The way I'm doing it here is based on my current mood, next Tuesday it could be different!! I'm sure you'll find the same is true for you and right now the name of the game is to gather together as many licks and tricks for each chord shape as possible so that you can express yourself as completely as you want to when you're jamming. Lead Belly certainly seemed to have a thousand and one musical moves up his sleeve and although we may never get to that level of genius it's something to shoot for....And let me know how you're doing with all this, I want to hear from you!!
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Rock Island Line
Loop 0:54 What You Will Learn Today and History of Rock Island Line
Loop 2:16 Spicing Up The Chords
Loop 15:54 Practice Loop Of Chorus With Spiced Up Chords
Loop 17:08 Verse Breakdown and Closing Thoughts
Loop 21:06 Practice Loop of Whole Song