Watch the Magic Sam Style online guitar lesson by Jasper Mortier from 50 Blues Bass Licks You Must Know
Magic Sam is easily one of the funkiest guitarplayers on the planet. Check his boogies out on Youtube. They blow me away. Magic Sam is one of those bluesguys with a complete voice of his one. 'Easy Baby' is kind of a typical Magic Sam of song like 'All your love'. Overall the dynamic range is limited. It stays intense the whole song through. This is often achieved by the drummer playing all of the 16th notes on the ride cymbal or hihat. In this case the drummer adds 16th fills on his snare constantly. Keep it going! The tempo is kind of tricky: it’s slow but not a typical slow blues. The drummer keeps the timing fresh and the bass is also quite pushy. If you start dragging it will soon shift towards a more traditional slow blues and thereby kind of neglecting the typical urge of this kind of blues songs. You can use a tap function on a metronome to check the tempo: The Magic Sam groove I showed here is about 77 Bpm, whereas the slowblues in lick 20 is more like 56BPM! Quite a difference.