Sweet Home Chicago
♦ Review the E5, A5 and B5 chords in both positions
♦ Review the I, IV, V chord progression
♦ Play "Sweet Home Chicago" using the Blues Rhythm Riff
We will continue with the the Blues Rhythm Riff by learning "Sweet Home Chicago", as done by the Blues Brothers.
This is another 12 bar blues song using a I, IV, V chord progression and we are still in the key of "E" so we will play basically the same thing as in the last lesson.
As you can probably tell, this is a popular chord progression that has been used over and over. You are more than likely realizing that you have heard a number of songs like this that sound familiar and a lot of them have been played in the key of "E".
On the chart below we have just put the names of the chords above the staff because by now you should be fairly comfortable with how to play them.
Give it a try!
Now let's try spicing it up a little! This is optional, but if you feel up to the challenge the TAB for the Intro lick that I played on the video is below. I am including this in response to a number of members who have asked for it so here it is:
The TAB is fairly self explanatory, the first part of the riff repeats, then from the slide starting on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string, it finishes out as a standard blues turnaround. This is a good one to know that you can apply to almost any blues tune.