How to Play The Stumble On Guitar — Freddie King Guitar Lesson

How to Play The Stumble On Guitar

In this Guitar Control video lesson instructor Jon McLennan, is going to show you how to play “The Stumble on Guitar” by Freddie King. The recording we’re going to be referring is one from “My Feeling for the Blues”. There are a number of recordings done for this track so just make sure that this is the one you’re referencing. Jon is going to take you through this entire tune, you’ll learn how to play the rhythm and the opening main melody, theme for this song that he was playing in the beginning of this video. So let’s get started and break down this super cool, classic blues song.

Step 1: The Rhythm

The first thing you’re going to do is learn the rhythm part of the song. Start with the open 5th string and then your first finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string. You’re going to play these two notes together and play this chord twice.

Step 2: The Main Melody

Now that you have that rhythm part down, let’s jump into that main melody. Start with your ring finger on the 9th fret 4th string and then slide it up one full step to the 11th fret 4th string. Then take your first finger and put it right underneath on the 9th fret 3rd string, play that note which is an E and then hammer on to the 11th fret which is an F# and then bring it back to the 9th fret all on the 3rd string. So a little back and forth between these two notes. This is the first motif. Then we are basically going to play an A9 chord. Which would be your 2nd finger on the 12th fret 5th string, your pointer finger on the 11th fret 4th string, and then barre your ring finger across the 3rd and 2nd strings on the 12th fret. Strum it, then stop the guitar from ringing out, and then strum it again. Then you move up to the 14th fret here, or the 12th fret pentatonic box and play some really good, classic blues phrasing.

Recap: How to Play The Stumble On Guitar

I hope you enjoyed Jon’s lesson on how to play “The Stumble on Guitar” by the great Freddie King. This lesson is full of great tips not only to master this song, but to add into your own vocabulary. Not only all the licks, but the style and feel that Freddie adds to his phrasing and taking notice of how he makes his guitar sing. So really use this lesson as not only a song lesson, but a style and feel of the lesson.

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