Acoustic Delta Blues Moves - Page 9
by Jim Burger
Note that the fingerings in the beginning of bar 3 (the first bar of our 12-bar progression) and bar 5 are simply variations of a D chord. Bar 3 features a nice slide down the neck from this 2-note D fingering: cho|x|x|x|x|7|5|D|cho |cr|To this 2-note D fingering: cho|x|x|x|x|3|2|D|cho |cr|Bar 5 simply drops from a D to a D7. In bars 7-8, you're basically playing out of this G7 chord fingering, occasionally lifting your index finger from the first fret of the first string and then putting it there again: cho|3|2|0|0|3|1|G7|cho |cr|In bar 11, we go from an A chord to an A7, much the same as we did with our D chord in bar 5. Simple stuff! Now if only I could sing like Tommy...
By the way, when I play blues in D I prefer to drop my 6th string to D and play in drop D -- then you can twang on your 6th string for extra effect whenever you're playing the I of your I-IV-V progression.
Here's a brief sound sample of what Tommy sounds like(note that it starts in the equivalent of bar 5 of my tab, and after playing bar 14 he goes back to bar 3). He does play this verse a bit different from my tab when he's playing the G7, but he's still playing out of a G7 fingering. Plus, this gives you an idea of how good old Tommy used to sing!