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Hoochie Coochie Man: Introduction

 

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In this tutorial you'll learn how to play the classic blues song "Hoochie Coochie Man" as made famous by the one and only Muddy Waters. This song is an absolute blues classic and it's been covered by pretty much any blues artist to ever walk this earth. It's also very much a part of the "standard" blues repertoire that every blues player is expected to know.

The version of the song that we'll be breaking down today is packed with great and authentic blues guitar playing, and we'll go though it all in this tutorial. The whole song is built around that iconic call & response between a classic blues riff that the whole band plays together and the vocal phrases.

There are two guitars on this recording; the main guitar with the capo, which is typically played by the singer, and then the busier guitar part that takes more of a lead approach. The rhythm guitar with the capo is the one you want to play if you play this song with just one guitar player. But in the very likely event that you're not the only guitar player, it's also super useful to learn some of all the cool stuff that the supporting guitar plays over it.

The form on this recording is super simple- just 3 times through it, and then they end the song with a simple and classic ending. But in spite of it's somewhat short length, this song is packed with universally applicable rhythm and lead parts, cool chord licks, fun turnarounds and fills, and much more. We'll also talk about how to get your guitar tones just right for this song, how to begin and end it and much more. The song is in the key of A with a slower shuffle groove in 4/4, and the quarter note equals 73 BPM. So let's get started!