How to Play: Love in Vain – Robert Johnson Lesson


So for today’s lesson we’ll learn Robert
Johnson’s tune called Love In Vain and the way we’ll learn it will be the intro
and then one chorus of how to play Love In Vain and it will be a combination of
how largely how Robert Johnson played it and then a little bit of air Clapton’s
variations towards the end the
starts on the 12th fret of the high e string with your pointer finger and on
the B string of the on the 14th fret with your third finger and you actually
hit this number of times seven times like this okay and then you go down one
step same shape same thing and again and then after this sequence you go on the
tenth fret of the B string with your pointer finger and the 11th fret of the
g string with your second finger after this what we do is we go down to
the fifth fret and with our third finger we hit the fifth fret of the D string
and the fifth fret of the high E string with our pinkie finger like this and this is the famous Robert Johnson
turnaround but what we do is we we always play the high E string with our
pinky finger but what we do is we go down the D string until we get to the
second fret so putting that together with the high E string on the fifth fret
with our pinky it goes like this following this we play an e seven chord
with our second finger on the second fret of the a string first finger on the
first fret of the g string and pinkie finger on the third fret of the B string
and then the rest of the string is open and with our finger style playing we can
make this a little more interesting as well what I did there was just
alternating between thumb and the rest of the fingers so the first
or bars of love in vain starts out with a bar on the second fret of the D G B
and high E string with our first finger what we do then is we add in the the
fifth fret of high E string with our pinkie finger and we play this chord so
what we do for the first bar is we play this chord with the monotonous bassline
on the low E string the second bar then starts out with a shape with our third
finger on the fourth fret of the b-string right there and our first
finger on the second fret of the high E string right here and we play this again
with the monotonous bass line going like this it slides up one fret like so then
on the third bar what Robert Johnson does is he goes so altogether it goes like this Oh a fifth bar of Love In Vain is much like
the first four bars of the song except that we move it up so it works for the
four chord of the progression which is d this means that we have to now play a
man on this bass line on the D string throughout what we do for the fifth and
sixth bars what we do now is we start on the sixth fret of the B string and the
fourth fret of the high E string is slide up so the fifth bar goes like this and then
that’s the six bar you for the seventh part of the song we’ll
start out with this sliding shape on the fourth fret of the B string in the
second fret of the E string and we’ll slide up and just play that and then
what we do is we play a seven shape which um which in the which means we’ll
be playing on the fourth bar of the g-string
third bar of the B string and fourth bar of the high E string and we’ll play this
with an open E string instead and then we’ll play the bard a chord
with the monotonous a string so again that goes with the bar chord with the a
string as the bass line then the seven chord of the e and then back to the a what we do is we start on the third fret
of the b-string this can be done with our pinky finger or a third finger I
prefer the ring finger so we’ll go so what I just did there was I went third
fret second fret open of the top two strings and then what I do here is we’ll go open
string of the G & G and be sorry and then we’ll do is we’ll play on the
second fret of the g-string and in the first fret
and then the second fret of the D string and the first fret of the G string all
together this so with the baseline that goes okay and then what we do is we’ll play
with our thumb fretting the second fret of the low E string
and then we’ll play open string B and second fret of the g string and we’ll
pick and we’ll just pick the bass line a couple times and then we’ll play the
double stop and then a hammer on with our first finger on the first fret of
the B string and then I pulled off and then picking
the g string and then we picked a double stop here and the bass line so all
together so far goes like this and then and we land on the open a so I
know that’s really complicated but if you just focus on the little details it
will really come together then we finish with the Robert Johnson turnaround Hope you enjoyed that lesson of Love In Vain thanks a lot

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