Watch the Hoochie Mama: Rhythm 1 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Jam Night Vol. 3
The convention of sitting on a solitary chord as a means of building tension is a time-honored blues technique, one found in other classic blues songs such as Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning" and "Do the Do," and Muddy Water's "Rollin' Stone," among many other tunes. The riff is based on the A minor pentatonic scale (A C D E G) and starts on the minor third, C, which is bent up one half step to the major third, C#. At the end of the phrase, the C at the third fret of the A string is pulled off to the open A, and while the open string sounds an A note one octave higher, at the second fret of the G string, is sounded simultaneously via hybrid picking, utilizing a fingerpick on the G string. Over the four chord, D, I use fingerpicking/hybrid picking in a country blues style with the third of the chord, F#, placed on the bottom, and over the E7, I use chordal arpeggiatios combined with root/fifth-root/sixth chords.