Watch the Johnny Takes It Slow online guitar lesson by Richard Van Bergen from 50 Down Home Blues Licks You MUST Know
We’re going to take it slow for this one and move away from the boogie. Hooker was also a great storyteller. In his slower songs his vocals were often half spoken. Rap music avant-la-letre! This lick is based on the intro of 'Hobo Blues', where Hooker sings in unison with his guitar like a Delta bluesman. I'll also show you a basic accompaniment Hooker uses for a song in this tempo. We’re in the key of A and are playing in open G tuning, capoed to the second fret.