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Watch the Muddy Waters Style: Open A online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slide Guitar Power

Muddy Waters, like Johnny Winter after him, was greatly influenced by the recordings of Robert Johnson, and for this tune, "Rollin' and Tumblin,'" Muddy used an open A tuning (with the capo placed at the first fret, sounding an open Bb chord). The example played here is in this style and is based on a repeated riff that is balanced against the vocal melody, doubled on guitar on the high strings.