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Whats up people! This is Henrik for Guitar Tricks and today we're gonna learn how to play the old blues jam "Baby Please Don't Go", as made famous by Muddy Waters. We're going to take a look at two guitars today, and we're going to focus mostly on guitar 1 that'll be playing the main riff as well as the solos. Guitar 2 is going to come in during the first guitar solo and will help the rhythm section out with a nice and swung rhythm part.

Guitar 1 is going to play the main riff for the intro and the verses. This main riff is going to be what's called a call and response part to the vocal; the vocalist will sing the line and the guitar repeats it, then they will do the ending of the verses together.

This song is a classic blues jam, and we're just jamming along in G throughout the song, along with some typical blues turnarounds. Guitar 1 will start the song out by playing the melodic riff through the progression and the first turnaround. Then the vocals come in and the call and response between the vocal and the guitar starts. This will go on for 3 verses before we go into a guitar and harmonica solo.

For the solo we'll introduce guitar 2 that'll lay down a classic boogie rhythm that's got a pretty heavy swing to it, but when it comes to the turnaround over the V and IV chords we'll add a strange feel by playing the riff very straight over the heavy swinging band.

Next we go into another verse with some call and response; after that we're going to look into another instrumental section where the harmonica and guitar will do the call and response, so guitar 1 is still sticking to the main riff here. After that we go into another call and response verse between the vocals and our main guitar; then we go into a harmonica solo where guitar 1 will drop down and play some nice boogie rhythms over the progression. We end the song by simply playing two more verses with some more call and response between the vocals and our main guitar riff.

The song is in a 4/4 time signature for the most part, but you may notice that when we're playing the last melodic phrase of the verse that it's actually a bar of 6/4 instead of just regular 4/4. This isn't really something that you should consider too much; it's just sort of the way the song goes along with the vocal. It's nothing really worth counting out or getting confused by. We're at a tempo of 110 bpm.

Lesson Info
Instructor Henrik Linde
Baby Please Don't Go