9 February 2009

John Lee Hooker Blues Guitar Lesson

I shared a John Lee Hooker blues guitar lesson with you a couple of weeks ago. Some of you enjoyed that lesson so here's another John Lee Hooker tune, Boom Boom, for you to learn.

This lesson differs from the previous one because you can play it with a pick. John Lee Hooker, like many delta blues players, didn't use a pick but played with his thumb and fingers instead. This song can be played with a pick, though.

Call And Response

Boom Boom is a good example of call and response style playing. The call is the one bar lick that starts the piece. This is answered by a bar of chord playing, the response.

This mix of licks and chords is a great way to play blues on your own. It's a lot of fun too.

Boom Boom uses three chords - E, G, A - in the response bar which creates extra movement. This chord progression is commonly used by John Lee Hooker and I'm sure you've heard it re-used in many well known rock songs.

In the video Siggi plays the chords up the neck a little in power chord formation. If you don't know how to play these kind of chords, you can play open E, G and A chords instead.

Here's the video.



Note: If you're reading this in the email feed you might not see the video. Click the following link to view the John Lee Hooker Blues guitar lesson video.

Boom Boom has a great riff and is one of my favourite John Lee Hooker tunes. It sounds equally good on either electric or, as in this video, acoustic guitar and is lots of fun to play. Thanks to Siggi Mertens for recording this lesson.

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3 comments:

sarge1875 said...

You're finding some good stuff Gary. Keep it coming.

Gary Fletcher said...

Hey Curt, glad you liked it. Boom Boom is one of my favourite tunes to jam on.

Ivan said...

Hey, thanks for posting the riff, but it sounds a little off to me when you add the major 3rd hammer on in...like too happy. Thanks for breaking it down though! If you could play the exact riff for boom boom, that would just be awesome

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