Watch the John Lee Boogie online guitar lesson by Annie Raines from Blues Harmonica Blueprint
John Lee Hooker made this ultra-syncopated groove part of the American musical lexicon. I don’t know if everyone who has used it has had a hit record, but Hooker ("Boogie Chillen"), along with Norman Greenbaum ("Spirit in the Sky") and even Shania Twain ("Man, I Feel Like a Woman") have banked on it and reaped the profits. It’s also really fun to play.
Here are the variations in this exercise:
Ull-Luk-duk-duk-duk-daaa-duk (anticipate & hold)
Luk-duk-duk-duk-duk-duk-duk and combine with "I’m a Person riff" (Ah-ha-a-duk)