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Walking The Dog

Chords and Rhythm

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Walking The Dog > Chords and Rhythm

Greetings Family! We're in the groove now. How do I know? Because we're about to learn how to play the Rufus Thomas classic Walking The Dog, that's how I know!! We'll be in the key of A on this one which gives us both high string possibilities and super satisfying low string rhythm options. I can't talk about this song without tipping the hat to Steve Cropper, the guitar player for Booker T. And the MGs. This song came out on Stax Records for which the MGs were the multiracial house band. Steve Cropper was a white dude who'd absorbed both white and black music and helped create a a totally unique and lean R&B Soul sound. One of the outstanding qualities of his playing was the simplicity, for me the other was the excitement. Good combination!! We'll break this down into 2 lessons, take it and make it your own as so many rock and roll groups have done over the years.... Thank you for all of your comments, keep 'em coming!!

Dan Zanes



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Up Above My Head

Loop 2:10  What You Will Learn Today

Loop 3:56 Chords and Bass Runs

Loop 5:20 Bass Runs Breakdown

Loop 18:28 Closing Thoughts

Loop 19:36 Practice Loop of Whole Song


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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jun 16, 2017

Waaaaay Cool - do ya think you can teach me how to play that : ) 

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jun 16, 2017

hey there kip!

i think i did just teach it to you!

no, seriously, i'd like to teach all of the bits i just played. is there any riff in particular that you're looking for? i definitely want to be sure you get what you're after here!

thanks for tuning in and checking in...you know i appreciate it,

yr pal,



tim james
tim james Jun 16, 2017

done it again mate, coooool  man

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jun 16, 2017

thanks alot tim!

i appreciate the support. the lessons are tons of fun to make and i'm happy to know that you're digging them.

i think you'll enjoy the song i'm serving up next...

yr pal,


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