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James Brown I Got You (I Feel Good)

David "Hook" Williams is the man behind that infamous bass line in James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)". This is a 12 bar blues in the key of D.

I Got You - tablature

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Riff by riff breakdown


Riff #1

riff #1 tablature

The first riff in the song is based around the notes of the D7 chord. Below are all of the notes that are in a D7 arpeggio (notes of the D7 chord).

D7 arpeggio

|-----|--0--|-----|--0--|
|--0--|-----|-----|--0--|
|-----|--0--|-----|-----|
|-----|--0--|-----|-----|
         |
        5th fret

0 = the root of the arpeggio

Here are the note out of that arpeggio that are actually being used.

|-----|--0--|-----|--0--|
|-----|-----|-----|--0--|
|-----|--0--|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|
         |
        5th fret

In addition to the notes of the D7 arpeggio, the note on the 6 fret of the first string is being used as a chromatic approach the note that is in the chord at the 7th fret.

|-----|--0--|--0--|--0--|
|-----|-----|-----|--0--|
|-----|--0--|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|
         |
        5th fret

0 = the chromatic approach note

 

Riff #2

The second riff in the song is really just the same as the first, just transposed down to G on the 4th string. So it uses the notes of a G7 arpeggio with that same chromatic motion. The last note of riff number 2 is just a whole step approach back to the root of the D7 chord. After that riff #1 is played again over the D7 chord.

riff #2 tablature

G7 arpeggio

|-----|-----|--0--|-----|
|-----|--0--|-----|--0--|
|--0--|-----|-----|--0--|
|-----|--0--|-----|-----|
         |
        3rd fret

0 = the root of the arpeggio

Riff #3

Riff #3 is not really a "riff", you just have the bass playing an A note over the A7 chord, and a G note over the G7 chord.

riff #3 tablature

 

Riff #4

And the grand finale of this 12 bar blues is a D9 arpeggio. This D9 arpeggio is just the same notes as the D7 arpeggio that we saw in riff #1 with the addition of the one note, the 9 which is an E in this case. The theory behind that is the subject of another story. Just think of it as a fancier D7 arpeggio.

riff #4 tablature




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