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Catfish Blues by Bobo Thomas | Spanish tuning lesson 4 – part 5 (variations)

You could, if you want to do like a poor man’s
version of this song, you could just repeat that all the way through and not do any variations
whatsoever… but I’m going to show you the variations and where they are. Now verse 2
starts the same as verse 1 in that little loop. So that first part of the verse and
the end of the first line is the same. E7 chord. Still the same… Now it changes. So
instead of just playing this once – so that’s the 6th fret of the 4th string, 4th fret of
the 3rd string – you play that 4th fret of the 3rd string once more. And then it’s – instead
of going down to that 2nd string 5th fret, you play 5th fret bend, 5th fret bend again
and then 5th fret pull-off to 2nd fret and then pull-off again to open. And then 2nd fret 1st string again. Then open 2nd string, 2nd fret 1st string. Then slide from the 2nd
to the 4th fret on the 3rd string. 3rd fret of the 2nd string. So we know this riff. Open
5th and 4th strings. Back to the 3rd string. So I’ll play that for you slowly. Alright, verse 3 – there is a variation on the 2nd line. So after we start the verse, this is
the same. E7 chord is the same. Now this is the bit that changes. Instead of playing 2nd
to 4th on the 3rd string like usual, it’s bend up to what would be the 3rd fret. On
the 2nd fret, bend but don’t play the note. Bend BEFORE you play the note. Hold it up
there, this is what I was getting wrong earlier, you probably saw. Hold it and the “r” means
“release”. So release from 3rd to 2nd fret, then play open 3rd string. Like that. Then
the riff continues pretty much the same I think and then the end of the verse
as usual, exactly the same. Now the more perceptive amongst you might notice I’m saying that these
verses are all the same at the end and you might see that the length of bars is different.
Yes, very well spotted if you spotted that. They are all a little bit different on the
end, but the only difference is literally how many times you repeat that little loop,
that little looped riff. And if you’re playing this with a harmonica player or somebody who
can do a nice little solo, then that would be a good time to just let them go off and
do their thing. Just keep your riff going and you could have a nice little jam out of
that. Anyway, don’t let me tell you what to do! So I’ll do verse 3 slowly, so you can
hear the differences and pick it up. So this is the same. And then this bit is the same,
but the amount of times it loops is different. And then we’re onto verse 4. So again, verse
4 starts exactly the same. E chord, open G chord, bend on the 3rd string 2nd fret. Open.
Back to the E. And then this riff. And now it’s pretty much the same as last time, with
the pre-bend and release on the 2nd fret – so bend to 3rd, release and then open 2nd and
3rd strings this time. And then the same as before, so 2nd string slide 3rd to 5th fret,
1st string 2nd fret and then alternate six times in total. Then we go back to the first
version of the 3rd line, so 3rd string slide from 2nd to 4th fret and back and then 6th
fret of the 4th string, 4th fret of the 3rd string. But instead of playing that 4th fret
3rd string again, you leave a little bit of a gap. And then you play those three bends
on the 5th fret. And then down to the 5th fret on the 2nd string… so that was the
first string just before. Hammer-on on the 7th fret of the 3rd string. 5th fret 2nd string,
slide down and to open 2nd and 3rd strings. Slide from 2nd to 4th fret on the 3rd string.
And now we’re back to stuff that we’ve done. So verse 5, which is the last verse, again
starts exactly the same as the others. There’s that E7 chord. And then just like the first
verse, slide 2nd to 4th fret on the 3rd string. Open 2nd string. And now this riff you should
be used to. Slide 3rd to 5th fret on the 2nd string. 2nd fret of the 1st string. Alternate.
And then again for the next line, it’s just as the first verse. 3rd string, slide 2nd
to 4th fret. Back to the 2nd fret. Then you play the 6th and 4th frets, so 6th fret of
the 4th string and 4th fret of the 3rd string. Bend on the first two iterations of this 5th
fret 1st string. And then 5th fret 1st string, no bend. 5th fret 2nd string. Hammer-on to
the 7th fret of the 3rd string, keeping your finger on that 5th fret of the 2nd string.
Slide down from there. Open 2nd and 3rd strings. We know all this – 3rd string 2nd to 4th, open… …and this is where it links in to the outro.


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