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i.e. standard tuning but a half-step sharp. No idea if that's what Hoooker used, but wouldn't be surprised. All those old-school blues guys tuned the guitar to their voice rather than to any other reference. You might as well use standard tuning, unless you're more comfortable singing it in F. If you want to do it in F, you could just use a capo . . .Off Ultimate guitar tabs for Hooker's Boom Boom song.
They're showing the following tuning for the fretboard:
I'm pretty sure Hooker did it in E as well. There may be some version or other that has strayed sharp due to a tape generation slightly being off-speed at some point in its history. Could also just have been sharp to begin with.Have you checked out the Yardbirds version? In standard E. Not identical but would give you a nice point of reference.
Yes, but not exactly while you are playing, with your hands on an E/Em chord shape...Sure you can Jon, behind the nut.