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Smokestack Lightning Tab

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 20:16:35 +0800 (WST)
From: "Greg O'Beirne" 
Subject: TAB: "Smokestack Lightning" by Howlin' Wolf


---------------------------------------
 Smokestack Lightning  -  Howlin' Wolf
---------------------------------------
Written by Howlin' Wolf (aka Chester Burnett)
Transcribed by Greg O'Beirne (gobeirne@tartarus.uwa.edu.au)

First Riff:
     2   +   3   +   4   +   1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   1   +
 e ----------------------------------------------------------------|
 B --5-------8-----------------------------------------------------|
 G --------------------------------7-------------------------------|
 D --------------------------7/9-----9-------7-----5---------------|
 A --------------------------------------------------7-----5-------|
 E ----------------------------------------------------------0-----|

Second Riff:
     2   +   3   +   4   +   1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   1   +
 e ----------------------------------------------------------------|
 B --5-------3-----------------------------------------------------|
 G --------------------------------7-------------------------------|
 D --------------------------7/9-----9-------7-----5---------------|
 A --------------------------------------------------7-----5-------|
 E ----------------------------------------------------------0-----|


Harmonica Riff (arranged for guitar):

    2   +   3   +   4   +   1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   1   +
 e -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 B -5-------5~~~~~~~--------3-----3-5-----5-8-----8-5-----0-5-----0-|
 G -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 D -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 A -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 E -----------------------------------------------------------------|

    2   +   3   +   4   +   1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   1   +
 e -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 B -5-------5~~~~~~~--------3-----3-5-----5-8-----8-5-----0-5-----0-|
 G -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 D -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 A -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 E -----------------------------------------------------------------|

    2   +   3   +   4   +   1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   1   +
 e -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 B -5-------5~~~~~~~--------3-----3-5-----5-8-----8-5---12~~~~~~~---|
 G -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 D -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 A -----------------------------------------------------------------|
 E -----------------------------------------------------------------|


I've done the time thingies on top of each bit as 234 1234 1 instead
of the usual 1234 1234 as that's the way the riffs are phrased.
I hope it make sense when you're playing it :) Throughout the song,
play a mixture of the first and second riffs.  The harmonica comes
in after every second verse.  I was going to write the lyrics but I
can't decipher many of them :)

Any comments/corrections/suggestions welcome... :)

Cheers,
--
Greg O'Beirne
woyf@perth.dialix.oz.au
gobeirne@tartarus.uwa.edu.au
http://www.uwa.edu.au/student/gobeirne/
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ufossuck wrote on June 9 2006, 11:31 pm

Why does the count start on 2 and end on 1?

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HTID raver wrote on December 21 2010, 07:13 pm

Very good tab almost entirely accurate!

in stead of the normal riff, omit the last two notes and just play it like this:

e -----------------------------------------------------|
B --5-------8------------------------------------------|
G ----------------------7------------------------------|
D ----------------7/9-----9-------7-----5--------------|
A ----------------------------------------7------------|
E -----------------------------------------------------|

again veryy good tab! even for the harp section too!

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kimkloz_4 wrote on November 6 2013, 07:49 am

sounds almost close but it's not the way Chester Arthur Burnett(Howlin' Wolf) used to play it. :P, never the less it's close to it, the sound only :P

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