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Born Under A Bad Sign

Main Riff and Rhythm

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Born Under A Bad Sign > Main Riff and Rhythm

Hi Folks, This week we are starting a new song. It's the Albert King classic Born Under A Bad Sign. We are learning the rhythm guitar this week from the intro up to the guitar solo. The rhythm part consists of single note low string lines and they are are just about the coolest lines I've ever heard. Expertly crafted by Steve Cropper, they create a mood that draws you instantly in to the song. It's a deceptively simple part and it takes a while to figure when to change up the parts on this one. Get this first half down solid then we march on the the second half which is from the solo to the vamp ending. Gonna be a fun time learning this one.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Introduction to Born Under A Bad Sign


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 3:40 Breakdown of Rhythm

Loop 15:45 Practice Loop

Loop 17:47 Closing Thoughts





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Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Apr 13, 2017

Hey Duke! You can hear me playing along with my old scratchy record. I love every pop and click on that piece of vinyl! Hope you're doing well. Thanks for this great tune. Best, Bruce

Steve Lauder
Steve Lauder Apr 10, 2017

A great song. Born under a Bad Sign -  I was born on a Friday the 13th :),

Great to be back.


Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 10, 2017

Sounds great Steve. You got it down! Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Apr 09, 2017

Hi Everyone, Glad you like this choice of song. It's always blown me away since the day I first heard it. duke

MarkB Apr 08, 2017

any sheet music for this lesson, none up at the moment that I can see

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 08, 2017

Hi Mark -- thanks for letting us know -- all fixed.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Apr 07, 2017

Wow, I'm so excited! I got curious and I found this article on the web about the creation of this LP and song. Pretty interesting! 

PS Mike Caren, I tried using the link tool for the URL I'm about to paste, but when I click on the icon, nothing happens. 


Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 08, 2017

Hi Bruce -- you need to have the link selected before clicking on the link icon.  Can you try again and let me know how it works for you?  Thanks.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Apr 08, 2017

Ok, I see. Not particularly intuitive, but c'est la vie. Thanks. 

Steve H
Steve H Apr 07, 2017

Love this one Duke!

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