Blues Rock RoadTrip
Rockin’ D Rhythm
In this lesson we’ve got a combination of a
couple of influences. Our riff is based on a
Chicago sound derived from Howlin’ Wolf
and Hubert Sumlin’s work on “Killing Floor”
and later “Rockin’ Daddy” on the London
sessions album. Originally, it was split
between two guitars: Hubert Sumlin played
the riff primarily, and Clapton the solo work.
Here though, we’re combining the two, so
one person can play it.
Now to keep things interesting, we want to
get a theme and variation going, so we’ll
do it again, but the second time, instead
of going to the minor seven we’ll go to the
root, and damp that as well. I’m also palm-muting the bass.
repeating consecutive twelve bar choruses. One way to alleviate that is to begin
elsewhere. What’s typical is to begin in
the eleventh bar, going with some octave
damps starting in the E shape position.
The introduction is really important in this
type of music, because it can get repetitious starting in the first measure and