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44 Blues

Main Riff and Verse

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44 Blues > Main Riff and Verse

This week we will begin learning .44 Blues, one of my favorite old blues tunes. In this first lesson I demonstrate how I play the song, then I break it down slowly so that you can see what is going on. As always, take your time. Listen carefully and get it in your head before you try to play it. I look forward to hearing from you all.

Good luck.




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Corey Harris
Acoustic Blues
howlin wolf

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 1:46 Run-Through


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 7:51 Main Riff

Loop 8:19 Breakdown of Main Riff

Loop 9:37 Breakdown of A Riff (IV Chord)

Loop 10:34 Breakdown of B7 (V Chord)

Loop 12:27 Closing Thoughts





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ferflair Sep 08, 2018

Hi Corey, Sorry my english is not good, but i want to know if is possible  you to send me the lyrics of the song.


Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 04, 2018

Greetings! You can find them by doing a Google search. If you still need help just let me know.... 

Rainer May 11, 2017

Could you show the part where you go into B7? (slowly) I would be forever grateful. 😉 Thanks! 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 09, 2017

I will try and post a short video of this soon.  HOw is it going?

Rainer Apr 28, 2017

love this song! will try to learn it. am only in my 3rd year of guitar and don't have too much time to practice (2 small kids!). seems like you are teaching for more advanced players! ;-)

Martin Angliss
Martin Angliss Aug 21, 2016

I can't get used to using a thumbpick, but using my thumb on its own sounds very dull - could be my guitar? Can you suggest an alternative or a pick I might get on with?

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Dec 07, 2016

Try Jim Dunlop metallic picks....

jesse friend
jesse friend Jan 25, 2016

Hi Corey.  I'm a big fan and loving the lessons.  I was wondering if there's any particular reason why you move out of the E chord position for the first part of the main lick, fretting the 2nd string with your index and middle fingers?  Just getting the first finger in position for a stonger attack on the hammer/pull on the 2nd fret?

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 03, 2016

Greetings and thanks....I think you are talking about when I fret the third string on the second fret...yes it gives me more strength for the hammer on on.  Great question.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 19, 2014


Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 19, 2014

Greetings Steve and thanks for posting.  I hope this helps.  Check what the thumb is doing while the other fingers are picking...the thumb sometimes is playing at the same time and other times it is alternating with the other fingers.  Good luck and nice job so far.


Steve H
Steve H Feb 19, 2014

Thanks Corey.


Steve H
Steve H Feb 13, 2014

Hey Corey,

  I've been trying to get more fingerpicken' into my blues. Here's a go on my old Daion.

Still working on the lyrics but that always takes longer and need a solid foundation first.  I've got weak thumb technique but these lessons will hopefully help.




Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 13, 2014

Thanks Steve I look forward to seeing your posts here!

Steve H
Steve H Feb 12, 2014

Love it Corey!



Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 20, 2013

@ashley...thanks for your question.  it is a gernandt parlor guitar, made in north carolina.  it looks small but has a big sound.  bob gernandt deals in quality, not quantity, since it is just him and his son helping him make the instruments.  check him out and tell him i sent you...thanks again

Ashley Feb 16, 2013

Hi Corey, thanks for the great lesson!  Just curious, what kind of Guitar are you playing here?

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Jun 30, 2012

Corey I only posted this because I thought to show what I do...I certainly mean no disrespect to how you play this or anything else....I am a fan of yours and I am learning from you here..and i am grateful you are taking the time to show us your stuff.

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Jun 30, 2012

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 30, 2012

@ Mike and daddyray...thanks for the correction.  Please post a video and let me know how it is going.  Good luck!

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 30, 2012

@Alex...I think you are very close to getting it.  Try listening to it again and pay attention to the rhythm of the song.  As always, try playing it very slowly and then bring it up to speed.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jun 22, 2012

@Corey...thanks..I like this one...It sounds like an African traditional Djembe rythm with all the 3 differents sounds...base tom and slap, isn't it? :))

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jun 22, 2012

Great tune Corey !!  I'm going to enjoy learning this one.  

Hi DaddyRay .. you're right.  The tune was actually kicking around even before then.  Nice article here about the history of the song:

Would be great to hear your version!

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Jun 22, 2012

this is a Roosevelt Sykes tune in a 27 and a few beats... i play this differently. I will post a vid of it some time

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