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Blues Guitar - Walking Black Mama

This is one of the classic blues slide themes in Open-G tuning. Son House's used it in My Black Mama and Preachin' the Blues. But the most famous version is probably Robert Johnson'sWalkin' Blues. Robert Johnson's learned this theme from Son House.

I have made a simplified version of the theme. It is built from three basic licks. If I write the whole verse so that you can view it on screen, it might be reduced to a size that is a bit hard to read. So I have written the basic licks, and then the whole verse. I hope this will make it a bit easier.

The first lick is played through the first four bars. The main point is to get a driving rhythm.

The next lick is played in bars 5, 6 and 10.

I have written two bars with two variations of the third lick. These two bars are played in bars 7 and 8, and the first of the two bars is also played in bars 11 and 12.

I said three licks, so you might wonder why i write out a fourth one. But this is really the same as the second, only moved two frets up. It is played in bar 9.

Here is the complete 12-bar version

I am sure it is possible to get something that at least resembles slides in a MIDI file. But you have to know MIDI better than I do if you want to do that. So the MIDI file does not sound right - it is actually far from right.

 
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