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Now let me show you what the slide guitar plays during the verses. Here's a clip from the 1st verse, so you can hear what this sounds like.

So once again the form starts on the IV-chord, and you already know to slide up to the 5th fret for this. In your right hand you just strum 8th notes up and down. Accent the first down beat and make the other strums more quiet. This is where the vocal phrase happens and that's why it's good to not play very much here.

Then on the I-chord there's a break in the vocal and we're going to fill that space with a super cool riff that reoccurs through the rest of the song. There are slight variations, but it's very close to being consistent.

Then after that riff we're going to go back to the IV-chord and repeat both that and the I-chord riff, but that's where the Delta Blues thing with the extra bars and beats comes in.

Because you basically just hang on that I-chord riff until you hear the pickup notes ("Well I'm ...") and then you go to the IV-chord. Most of the time he plays the riff for two bars and then adds another half bar with the pickup notes. But certain times throughout the songs he hangs on the riff for longer than that. So that's why it's really important to listen to the lead instrument and singer for a song like this.

Now let's play the basic verse form with the extra half bars on the I-chord a couple of times at a slower tempo, so you can get a chance to get the hang of it.

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Rollin' & Tumblin'