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 #1567  by saint421
 Tue Apr 12, 2005 1:31 pm
Can anyone help me with the "hook" that is the main groove of Big River?

 #1569  by Billbbill
 Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:29 pm
If you're talking Jerry's opening riff this is how I see it-

In A


Slight hesitation between the 6 and 7 thus 2 dashes. You can voice the d chord on the 7th fret over the 7 on the g if you like.

A fuller sound would look like this-



Jerry played variations on this in a whole bunch of songs.

If this ain't it - clarify and I may be able to help you.

 #1572  by jhc
 Wed Apr 13, 2005 3:06 pm
Yeah, the second variation is all over the place - Maggie's Farm, Cumberland sometimes...

It's a great, versatile riff.

 #1991  by Guyute24
 Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:44 pm
here's how i play it, keep in mind i don't post tab often.


i like sliding up to the A on the low E string, i think it gives it that low down bluesy feel like jerry used in Me and My Uncle, Samson and Delilah, etc. the double A's on the D string help to emphasize the A being played. hope it helps, michael

 #1992  by Guyute24
 Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:48 pm
k, here's some more before i drink too much. do that riff 3 times, and then play this:


after this rift, it shifts into D i think, and then Jer riffs on that back into the A from the beginning. again, hope it helps some, peace, michael

 #11475  by BlobWeird
 Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:47 am
bBill can you possible give a vid of that lick you just posted? Or even just an mp3 of it? Or better yet a song and time to go with it that JG does it?

 #11478  by Billbbill
 Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:02 pm
It's pretty much a generic take on the lick. I didn't lean on any one version. If you've got a clean version to listen to, my tab should a least be in the ballpark. I'll try to do a vid.