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 #1388  by jhc
 Mon Jan 17, 2005 11:32 am
Has anyone figured out the riff Bob does in the intro/first verse?


This isn't on the album version or some 70's live versions (where they go right into the A-G-E progession) but it's definitely there by 1980 (see Dead Set) and later.


Thanks

 #1393  by Billbbill
 Tue Jan 18, 2005 3:34 pm
Maybe this is what your looking for jhc, maybe not. This is off the top of my head. They started playing this with the first verse being entirely over E at some point, maybe the time frame you're alluding to. Then to B for "My number one occupation...". Then to the normal A, G... progression.

Bobby's intro goes something like this:

---E----------------------D--E
E-------------------------------
B-----------8-------------------
G--9-9p-7-----9---9p-7----7--9--
D---------9------------9--7--9--
A-------------------------------
E-------------------------------

You can play it on th 10th and 12th frets also but I prefer it here.

While we're at it here's my take on Jerry's lick:

Kinda follows the lyric melody.

--E
E-----------------------------------------
B------------8----------------------------
G----7-9-9-7---9---9p-7---7-7--9----------
D--9--------------------9--------9p-7>5---
A-----------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------

He would then bridge back up to the beginning with another lick that often varied quite a bit.

All this is E blues pentatonic.

Hope this helps.
Bill
Last edited by Billbbill on Wed Apr 13, 2005 7:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.

 #1394  by jhc
 Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:33 pm
Billbbill wrote:Maybe this is what your looking for jhc, maybe not. This is off the top of my head. They started playing this with the first verse being entirely over E at some point, maybe the time frame you're alluding to. Then to B for "My number one occupation...". Then to the normal A, G... progression.

Bobby's intro goes something like this:

---E----------------------D--E
E-------------------------------
B-----------8-------------------
G--9-9p-7-----9---9p-7----7--9--
D---------9------------9--7--9--
A-------------------------------
E-------------------------------

You can play it on th 10th and 12th frets also but I prefer it here.

While we're at here's my take on Jerry's lick:

Kinda follows the lyric melody.

--E
E-----------------------------------------
B------------8----------------------------
G----7-9-9-7---9---9p-7---7-7--9----------
D--9--------------------9--------9p-7>5---
A-----------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------

He would then bridge back up to the beginning with another lick that often varied quite a bit.

All this is E blues pentatonic.

Hope this helps.
Bill
Fantastic! That's exactly what I was talking about. Do you use a slide for any part of it?

 #1398  by Billbbill
 Wed Jan 19, 2005 9:45 pm
Bobby uses a slide on his lead and various other spots. If my recollection serves me, he'll use slide on the chord part of the intro and pick out the notes.

I don't play much slide. I haven't dabled very often. Little red rooster and a few others. One of these days.

 #17019  by Dozin
 Sun May 27, 2007 7:06 am
I was just checking out this thread and wanted to state that this is how I do Bob's intro. I don't believe I've ever seen Bob play that lick up that high on the fretboard.


E|-------------------------------
B|-------------------------------
G|--------------------------7/9--
D|--0h1--2--2p1-----2/4--2--7/9--
A|---------------3---------------
E|-------------------------------

 #17027  by Billbbill
 Sun May 27, 2007 10:06 am
Hey Dozin,
What I tabbed above was from my head. I haven't watched Bob, video or otherwise, for position on this nor have I ever really sat down with this via audio. So I'll certainly defer to you on that.

But I can't seem to get your tab to 'sound' right. Did you post correctly?

Specifically the 2p1 on the D and the 3 on the A got me confused.

To my ear the 2p1 should maybe be 2p0? and the 3 should be a 2?

Confirm if I'm thoroughly lost or you got a typo, please. :oops:

 #17029  by Dozin
 Sun May 27, 2007 10:16 am
my mistake the 3 should of been a 2, oops.
and yes you can do the 2p0


E|-------------------------------
B|-------------------------------
G|--------------------------7/9--
D|--0h1--2--2p1-----2/4--2--7/9--
A|---------------2---------------
E|-------------------------------

 #17031  by Billbbill
 Sun May 27, 2007 10:30 am
I just did what I should have from the get go. Um, listened to it.

I still got it slightly diff than you but my initial post is most certainly an octave high.

I still can't vouch for position though I bet you're right.

E|-------------------------------
B|-------------------------------
G|---------0-----7-9--
D|--2po0-----2---7-9--
A|-------2-----------------------
E|-------------------------------

 #17039  by strumminsix
 Sun May 27, 2007 2:34 pm
I learned it this way from a show. But it's not the usual one he does. It's close and he's done it from time to time but I think the others posted are likely his more common into...
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E|---------------------------------------
B|---------------------------------------
G|--------------------------7/9--9/7/9---
D|-----------------5--------7/9--9/7/9---
A|--5h6--7--7p5------7-------------------
E|--------------h7-----------------------
The most notable thing is the G in mine (and Billbill's) vs. C# in Dozin's.

I've now listened to a few versions and cannot figure out which is which. From all I can tell the version where they start out on an A chord he definitely hits a G but version where they start out on an E chord I hear it both ways.

Maybe it's my ears...

 #17040  by Billbbill
 Sun May 27, 2007 2:44 pm
Well I guess that's the final word. How can you debate bob intro's with the guy with the Bobby Avatar? ;->

Your's happens to be pretty close to Ed's in the tab section btw. For some reason I hadn't even checked there until today. :oops:

 #17042  by shakedown_04092
 Sun May 27, 2007 3:09 pm
Billbbill wrote:Well I guess that's the final word. How can you debate bob intro's with the guy with the Bobby Avatar? ;->
Hahaha - well put! :lol:

 #17045  by Crazy 9.5 Fingers
 Sun May 27, 2007 3:34 pm
Bill,

Your tab up there is right on.

I think Bobby also drops this riff before it at the top of the beat.

1 and a
E|-------------
B|-------------
G|-------------
D|----- 0h2-----
A|-------------
E|--0----------

and gosh darnit fingerpick it!
 #135902  by Dozin
 Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:01 pm
I love going back to these post asking myself wath is that!? That's not how I play it lol

but this is

E|-------------------------------
B|--------------------------------3/5
G|--------------------------------2/4
D|--0h2--2--2p0-----2/4--2---------
A|----------------2---------------
E|-0------------------------------


I don't even know what that is that I tab out on that first post :roll: