Watch the Hubert! online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory
As in Hubert Sumlin, longtime guitarist for Chicago blues icon Howlin’ Wolf. Holding down the B7 voicing – without worrying about fretting the high string as recommended by Mel Bay – makes for some pretty accessible minor pentatonic moves in measure one. But it’s the slide into the fifth-fret A9 position and all that follows that summons up the sound of South Side Chicago in the 1950s and 60s. The way this lick folds a cool chromatic descent from the ninth, a tricky string-crossing open-string maneuver from the b7, and minor pentatonic sounds resolving to the major third into one measure of grooving, nonstop triplets makes it one of the all-time worth-knowing turnaround licks.