Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Song Guide

If you want to learn SRV’s cover of Voodoo Child (Slight Return), and you’re not sure where to start, start here.


Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Song Guide

When SRV recorded his cover of this song, he created a masterpiece. Learning the song note-for-note is…. well, frustrating. So, if you’re like me, you just play along and try not to get lost. But it just goes on, and on, and on….

How did he do that? How did Stevie take a song that’s mostly just one chord, and stretch it to 8 minutes without losing a bit of intensity? Well, that’s kind of why I made this course. We’re going to take apart the song and figure out what’s in there. Get ready for a tour of one of SRV’s best recordings.

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  • Tablature
  • Backing Track
  • Fretboard Diagrams

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Lesson Details

  • Lesson 1
    Lesson 1: Overview

    In Lesson 1 we look at the song from a 10,000' view. We'll learn about the tempo, key, progressions and structure of the song.

    Then I'll give you a bunch of Suggestions for what to play, and what not to play.

    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 2
    Lesson 2: Walkthrough

    In Lesson 2, I take you on a guided tour through the song. I've broken it into 28 sections and I'll explain what Stevie is doing and where he's playing in each.

    (You'll need to have your own copy of the song for reference)

    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 3
    Lesson 3: Wah-Wah Intro

    In Lesson 3 we'll study the series of wah-wah rakes that Stevie played in the introduction.

    You'll learn about different ways to affect the sound of the rakes, how to play the correct open/closed sounds, and some general wah-wah techinque tips.

    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
    • Backing Track
  • Lesson 4
    Lesson 4: Rhythm Ideas

    Lesson 4 is the big one. In this lesson you'll learn 10 different 4-bar rhythm choruses.

    Using rhythm choruses to break up the song is the secret to stretching it out without sounding boring.

    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
    • Backing Track
  • Lesson 5
    Lesson 5: Signature Rhythm

    In Lesson 5 you'll learn the signature rhythm of the song, and 3 different ways to play it.

    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
    • Backing Track


Will I learn this song note-for-note?

No. Song guides do not teach you the songs note-for-note. Song guides teach you how to learn the song, how to capture the sound of that song.

Is there tablature?

Yes. Lesson 3, 4 and 5 all have tablature for the examples taught.