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Blues Rhythms & Riffs – Inspired by Back Door Man

Checkout this fun electric blues riff inspired by Howling Wolf (from Back Door Man). It comes out of the E pentatonic minor scale, both the first and second positions. First we'll look briefly at the scale the riff comes from, then we'll learn the riff along with some variations, then we'll start using it as a rhythm riff, and begin playing around with some call and answer!

Here is the tab for the basic version of the rhythm riff, at 4:20 on the video. If you're not familiar with reading standard notation, don't worry about it, just use the TAB portion at the bottom to see where your fingers go, and use the video to learn the timing.

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