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

Goin’ Gone Phrase 2 takes its cue from John Lee Hooker’s classic boogie, Boom, Boom. Born in Mississippi in 1917 and raised in Tennessee, Hooker moved to Detroit in 1943 and signed with Chicago’s Vee-Jay Records in 1955. He recorded BB at Universal Studios in Chicago in 1961. Released on his album, Burnin’ in 1962, it shot up the R&B charts to #16 and stayed for 8 weeks.


Chicago’s post-war blues-rock influence often seems tied to Chess Records and it’s artists alone. However, one look at the Vee-Jay releases of Hooker and Jimmy Reed, as well as those of the Cobra and Delmark labels the real picture comes into view. The lead scale here is E Pentatonic Minor: E,G,A,B,D,E (1,b3,4,5,b7,8).

Like Phrase 1, Phrase 2 is also Q&A period. However, the overall sound is quite different due to the absence of G#, the major third. Phrase 1 is a T&V and Phrase 2 is a Q&A. Unlike Phrase 1 though, Phrase 2 isn’t a variation of Phrase 1, although bar 5 helps to link them (unity). When you’re ready, try combining Phrases 1 & 2 over the Jam track to make an 18 bar Part.