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I Ain't Superstitious: Introduction


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In this tutorial I'm going to teach you how to play the great song "I Ain't Superstitious" as made famous by Jeff Beck. This song is an absolute blues classic, and it's been performed and recorded by countless blues artists through the years. The version we'll be looking at today features some incredible and extremely unique guitar playing that combines some really creative use of delay effects with whammy bar, wah pedal tricks and some super expressive slide playing in standard tuning.

This lead guitar is the part you want to play if you play this song with only one guitar, but there is also another great guitar part in the mix that plays a really cool supporting rhythm part. If you wanted to, you could also combine these two parts into one guitar part, and we'll talk about that as well.

The verses in this song are built on an alternative version of a 12 bar form where you start on the IV-chord, and each of vocal lines in the verses is "answered" by a guitar fill.

Twice throughout the song go to an instrumental jam-section where they still follow the 12 bar form, but play around with the rhythm. Then there is the extended jam section at the end and much more.

We'll also talk about how to get your tones and effects just right for this song- for both the rhythm and the lead guitar. The key of the record is somewhere in between E and F, but we'll perform it in key of F. The song uses a 4/4 shuffle groove, and the quarter note equals 112 BPM. Let's get right to it!