The object of this lesson is to introduce you to the Drop D version of Little Red Rooster. If you are still feeling shaky with the standard tuning version, stick with it a bit longer to make your fingering and chord work steady. While you're still in standard, take a listen to this brief solo passage on the D 9 chord. It's a small pentatonic run that takes advantage of the position your fingers are already in.
Alright. It's time to tune your sixth string down a whole step to D. Look how the left index finger and pinky are used on the 2nd and 5th frets to create the same main riff as before, including the B minor chord. This time, the D9 chord is different in fingering and timing. Anchor your left index finger on the D string, 2nd fret, as you walk your fingers up sequentially, to land your pinky on the 5th fret, 2nd & 3rd strings. When it lands, that is the downbeat of the D9 chord. Use 2 fingers to follow the chord sequence down. You come out of it by doing the Muddy Waters sequence. Notice that the turnaround E7 chord, is anticipated by a D chord. Remember to keep your thumb on the 2nd fret bass string when making the E7.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Little Red Rooster
Loop 0:15 Run-Through of Standard Tuning Solo
Loop 1:38 Am Pentatonic Riff over D7
Loop 2:28 Church Ladies Riff on A7
Loop 2:41 Breakdown of Drop D Rhythm
Loop 4:21 D7 Riff and Muddy Waters Riff
Loop 7:04 Practice Loop of Drop D Rhythm