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“John Henry” in Open-D, Part 1: Melody 

This lesson is part of the course Blues Guitar with Orville Johnson.
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Become a complete blues player through these lessons in country blues fingerpicking, blues lead guitar, and bottleneck slide, with great technique lessons and blues songs from Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and more.
 
 
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John Henry  
 
John Henry  
 
“John Henry” in Open-D, Part 1: Melody 
“John Henry” in Open-D, Part 1: Melody 
 
In this lesson, you’ll learn to play the traditional favorite “John Henry” with a slide in open-D tuning. Orville shows you open-D tuning and then plays the tune through a few times instrumentally. There are no chord changes in this version of “John Henry.” It has an alternating bass on the sixth and fourth strings throughout the tune while you play the melody up high. Orville shows you a couple ways to vary the alternating bass, with strums and different bass notes, and then walks you through the melody.

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