Keep It Groovy: Play The Blues Classic, “Got My Mojo Working”

Today we feature another blues bass lesson with the classic Muddy Waters tune, “Got My Mojo Working.” This song is usually played at a brisk tempo with a country-style drum groove. That said, it makes sense that our pattern will feature some roots and fifths.

We’ll follow a classic 12-bar blues progression and use a quintessential descending line for the turnaround at the end of the progression. This is definitely a must-know tune if you want to get into the blues, so it’s time to get your mojo working!

Enjoy and keep it groovy!

Fun fact: You can get tab/notation, backing tracks, and plenty more with my new “12 Bar Blues Survival Pack.” Available now at

Ryan Madora is a professional bass player, author, and educator living in Nashville, TN. In addition to touring and session work, she teaches private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. Visit her website to learn more!

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