Watch the I'm Itchin' online guitar lesson by Richard Van Bergen from 50 Down Home Blues Licks You MUST Know

The most successful artist on the Excello label was Slim Harpo. His 'I’m a King Bee' from 1957 was covered by the Rolling Stones on their first album! In 1966 Slim had another hit record with 'Baby Scratch My Back'. This one was a big inspiration for Jimmie Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. I’ll show you the full 12 bar progression. This lick is in the key of F, but played with a capo on the first fret. This enables you to use open strings. A lot of bluesmen used a capo for this purpose. Artists like Johnny Guitar Watson, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Albert Collins wouldn’t sound like they did without it!