How to play Checking up on my baby by Sonny Boy Williamson

Jun 21, 2017 | 12 Bar Blues, Backing Track, Intermediate Harmonica Lessons, Licks, Songs

Hello and welcome to this week’s harmonica lesson, where I will be teaching you how to play the Sonny boy Williamson classic Checking up on My Baby. You will need a harmonica in the key of D, and we will be playing in 2nd position in the key of A.


Lick 1

The tune starts before the start of the 12 bar progression. The 1st phrase starts on beat two of the bar before bar 1 of the 12 bar.

Lick 2

Lick 3

Lick 4

You also don’t need to play loads of different notes. Lick 4 just has two different notes and sounds really tasty!

Lick 5

The last lick is a different rhythm to the others and uses a classic Sonny boy Williamson trick. This is the repeated 4 draw bend, release, 5 draw lick. You will hear him using this in lots of different tunes.

Backing Track

Full Tune

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