Up Tempo Straight Blues in E
This tune is based on the song 'Killing Floor' by Howlin' Wolf. It's got a straight feel and lasts for a total of 6 choruses.
The chords are the standard 12 bar blues changes in the key of E.
The chordal backing is quite simple to do, and consists of a catchy powerful signature-riff. There's a chorus using 7th chord stabs, and another using 9th and 13th chord stabs for a slightly jazzier sound.
The soloing plan involves quite a demanding 'signature lick', containing some quick-fingered chords on the top strings which are played as if they are a melody. If you can't manage this just yet, just stick to making up your own solos using the E minor pentatonic.
MP3 Backing Track
Basic chord sequence
As mentioned, this tune uses a standard 12 bar blues progression in the key of E. Dominant chords are used throughout.
Dominant chords can be substituted easily within the dominant family of chords, which includes 7ths, 9ths, 11ths and 13ths. So you can play any of those in place of the 7th chords as written.
The rhythm parts follow the 'comping' plan. ('Comp' is short for 'accompaniment'). Lasting a total of six chorus, you play a combination of the main riff, some 7th chords, and some 9th/13th chords. The 9th chords give a slightly funkier/jazzier flavour. See the video below for a demo.
The soloing plan consists of playing the blues in 3 different positions, as well as playing the signature lick in choruses 2 and 6. See videos below for demos.