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In this tutorial you'll learn you how to play the classic blues song "The Seventh Son" as made famous by Willie Dixon.

This is as authentic as it gets, when it comes to The Blues, and this version of the song is packed with great guitar playing. There's the simple, but effective slide guitar part repeats throughout the song as well as another rhythm guitar that plays a super cool and universally applicable rhythm part. If you play this song with only one guitar, you definitely want to play the slide part for the most authentic sound. The slide guitar also takes a really interesting solo in the middle of the song that we'll break down.

There are tons of fun little turnaround licks, fills and classic blues tricks, and we'll go through it all in this tutorial. 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 F with a medium tempo shuffle groove in 4/4, and the quarter note equals 114 BPM. Let's get right to it!