Watch the Regular Robert online guitar lesson by Richard Van Bergen from 50 Down Home Blues Licks You MUST Know
When Robert Nighthawk switched from playing solo to a band setting, he also changed the tuning on his guitar. Where he used open tunings before, he started playing in standard tuning. On his recordings in the 50's his guitar playing switched between regular and slide. Maybe this caused the switch. When he played slide in those days, he concentrated on single note lines. Muddy Waters was heavily influenced by Nighthawk's new style. He also made the switch from open tunings to standard. For his trademark slide solos in the 70's and 80's he copied Robert Nighthawk. In this lick I’ll show you a typical slide intro in standard tuning. We’re in the key of E. We start on the V chord. By the way: if you dig this stuff, don’t forget to check out Nighthawk’s CD 'Live on Maxwell Street ‘64'. It doesn’t get any rougher than this!