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Watch the Goin' Gone 1 online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip 2

Jethro Tull’s 1969 version of Cream’s cover version of Dr.Ross’s, Cat Squirrel (aka Cat’s Squirrel) is the reference point for this phrase. Hope that all made sense. Specifically, Phrase 1 is based on the blues harp riff that follows the verses of Doc's original song. An up-tempo boogie, CS relies as much on this signature three-note figure as the Stone’s, Satisfaction does on it's. Also, be sure to dig into Mick Abraham's guitar work on the Tull version.


Phrase 1 is a 9 bar T&V period. The lead scales are E Pentatonic Minor: E,G,A,B,D,E (1,b3,4,5,b7,8) with G# (6) in motive 1, and the B Mixolydian mode: B,C#,D#,E,F#,G#,A,B (1,2,3,4,5,6,b7,8) with D (b3) in motive 2.


Phrase 1 is a T&V and Phrase 2 is a Q&A as well as a variation of Phrase 1 (this adds unity). Yes, periods are normally 8 bars, but it’s just this kind of variety that can keep things fresh. The three-note figure mentioned above is actually a repeated slur between the 3rd and 4th of the scale. This creates a strong tension and release effect by repeatedly suspending the chord and releasing it before resolving down to the root. Phrase 1 takes this idea a step further by extending the slur with multiple hammer-on-pull-offs, as well as adding minor figures and a B7 motive, at an up-tempo pace.