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In this tutorial I'm gonna teach you how to play the classic blues song "Boom Boom" as made famous by John Lee Hooker. John Lee Hooker is as legendary as it gets, and his music bridges the gap between the swampy sounds of the acoustic delta blues and the danceable beats of the rhythm & blues. He's written many of the classic blues hits that we play and listen to today, and "Boom Boom" is at the top of this list.

Learning John Lee Hooker is tricky, because it's more an attitude than anything. It's not lines, licks or defined parts. Most of his playing is based on a very limited vocabulary in the open position and he just knows how to make it all groove. So it's less approachable than some of the other blues guys who play loud and clean lines, but that's also what makes it cool!

So we'll break down the main intro riff and talk about his very unique right hand technique. We'll also break down the instrumental jam section and all the licks he plays, and talk about how to imitate that muffled, dark tone he uses- and much more.

The song is in 4/4 and the quarter note equals 163 bpm, so let's get to it.