Watch the Delta E9 online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory

This lick is an adaptation of a move I first heard in the key of A on Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn’s recording of “Mississippi Blues #3” (originally recorded by William Brown in 1942 as “Missisippi Blues”). The E9 of this lick’s name comes at the top of the second bar, when you play a double stop with the b7 (3rd fret on the second string) and the 9th (2nd fret on the high string), then pass through an E6 double stop before resolving on just an E chord.