Watch the Superstishus online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip 2
Stevie Wonder’s, Superstitous is the muse for Superstishus. Released in 1972 on his Talking Book album, it featured a state-of-the-art funky clavinet riff that took the Motown tune to #1on the pop charts for thirteen weeks. So what’s this have to do with blues rock? Basically, the idea here is expanding our horizons by trying out 16th note blues rock techniques over a funk rock background (without the clavinet).
Also, the fact that Wonder originally wrote the song for Jeff Beck makes sense with the lead part included here. Its inspired by Beck’s tune, You Know What I Mean (Blow By Blow). Be sure to check out Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s version as well. The backing track is similar to the original. It’s a riff based on one chord, Em7. The lead scale for both phrases is the E Blues scale: E,G,A,Bb,B,D,E (1,b3, 4,b5, 5,b7,8).