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When the bass is going, you can try to add some melody notes. But keep it simple, and make sure that the bass is going steady. Start with adding a single note here and there, add a turnaround, etc. When you listen to people who are playing in this style, you will often hear that the bass stops. But the basic principle applies here as in so many other aspects of our lives: Learn how to follow the rules before you start to break them. Rocking Baby is an example on how you can combine some melody notes with a monotone bass.

Rocking Baby



   
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«Lightnin' Hopkins lick»

The turnaround lick in Rocking Baby is typical of Lightnin' Hopkins. For this reason, I use to call it the «Lightnin' Hopkins lick».



 

«Boom Boom lick»

This lick is often used in John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom. It is a variation of the "Lightnin' Hopkins lick", but to put it apart, I call it the Boom Boom Lick.



 
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