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Watch the Rock Me Slim online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Blues Guitar Greatest Hits Vol. 2

Lesson Source: Richard Van Bergen's 50 Down Home Blues

This lick is based on the intro of Lightnin’Slim’s 'Rock Me Mama'. Slim recorded for the Excello label in the 50's. Producer J.D. Miller’s studio was situated in Crowley, Louisiana. Other artists on the label were Lazy Lester and Slim Harpo. Their music became known as Swamp Blues. Usually played with a minimal setting of drums, guitar and harmonica, Slim’s music sounded real down-home and dirty. He didn’t care too much about the 12-bar form. That might explain why there’s a bar with only two beats! The basic pattern is based on the same E7 chord shape as the previous lick. In the turnaround there’s a great sounding quarter-note bend.