This has always been one of my bucket-list tunes, ever since I heard it on a guitar CD in 1996. It’s an awesome angry blast of Johnson-ness and blew my mind as a teenage bluesy learner with no idea what an arpeggio was.
Now that I’m armed with proper knowledge of EJ’s picking, and have developed some of the speed necessary with USX picking, I’m going to attempt to get it learned.
I’ve got an internet tab which seems right enough but I’m just trying to make sure it’s got all of the lines correct.
I’m sure I’ll come across some challenges trying to learn this so I thought I’d start this thread, to to see if anyone can jump in if I get stuck
Here’s a speedy phrase which I can’t work out how to play efficiently.
It comes at 1:18 in the track:
The second half of the bar has successive one-note-per-string descending arpeggios, which doesn’t fit in with USX motion.
As far as I can see its either:
a) It’s tabbed wrong and Eric actually plays a very difficult 2 note per string USX line with extreme stretching.
b) Eric plays it using an upward slanted sweeping motion.
c) hybrid picking.
With most players I would assume b), but I’ve just never seen EJ play an upward sweep.
Could someone with more knowledge of his playing suggest what they think he might be doing here?