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Little Red Rooster

Solo Riff and Drop D Rhythm

We're re-issuing one of Corey's most popular lessons with new sheet music, re-mastered video and updated loop points. This lesson is from Corey's guest Artist, Blues Legend Guy Davis.  From Guy:  

The object of this lesson is to introduce you to the Drop D version of Little Red Rooster. If you are still feeling shaky with the standard tuning version, stick with it a bit longer to make your fingering and chord work steady. While you're still in standard, take a listen to this brief solo passage on the D 9 chord. It's a small pentatonic run that takes advantage of the position your fingers are already in.

Alright. It's time to tune your sixth string down a whole step to D. Look how the left index finger and pinky are used on the 2nd and 5th frets to create the same main riff as before, including the B minor chord. This time, the D9 chord is different in fingering and timing. Anchor your left index finger on the D string, 2nd fret, as you walk your fingers up sequentially, to land your pinky on the 5th fret, 2nd & 3rd strings. When it lands, that is the downbeat of the D9 chord. Use 2 fingers to follow the chord sequence down. You come out of it by doing the Muddy Waters sequence. Notice that the turnaround E7 chord, is anticipated by a D chord. Remember to keep your thumb on the 2nd fret bass string when making the E7.

Guy Davis



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:15 Run-Through of Standard Tuning Solo

Loop 1:38 Am Pentatonic Riff over D7

Loop 2:28 Church Ladies Riff on A7

Loop 2:41 Breakdown of Drop D Rhythm  

Loop 4:21 D7 Riff and Muddy Waters Riff

Loop 7:04 Practice Loop of Drop D Rhythm


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