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Smokestack Lightning Tab

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

[Riff 1]

    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-----|


[Riff 2]

    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 :)



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ufossuck 224 Jun 09, 2006 11:31 PM

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

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HTID raver 10 Dec 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 11 Nov 06, 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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