The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Here’s an intermediate lesson on how to play “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” by Charlie Daniels. I’ll show you how to play the opening riff as well as Johnny’s solo.
The song was included on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack and became a huge cross-over hit. I’m tempted to say that it was a hit because it included elements of rock, country, funk, and even heavy metal. But when it comes down to to it, it’s just a great story-song.
I broke this into two lessons, one on the opening riff, one on Johnny’s solo.
The tune is in D minor. Warm up with F Major as well as D Aeolian mode.
F Major scale: DL2-3-A0-L1-L2-3-E0-L1
F major scale with variations 60 bpm
Also practice the scale at your own speed with the F drone. This is also a great way to tune up DL2 and EL1 📈
D Aeolian scale: D0-1-L2-3-A0-L1-L2-3
This has the same notes as F Major, but starts on D.
Play the scale with a D drone
Review and practice the scales if you need:
The Opening Riff
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First phrase: A3-L2-3-E0-L1 L1-L2-3 3-L4-3-L2-L1-0
Partial sheet music
Full sheet music
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first line: (E0-0)-L1-0-L1-L2-L1-0-A3-E0-L1-0-L1-L2-L1-0-A3-0