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Hesitation Blues is one of Rev. Gary Davis' most famous songs and has been popular among guitar players for over 50 years. Many guitar students and fans particularly were exposed to Davis' songs thanks to Jorma Kaukonen and his early Hot Tuna albums.

This lesson looks mostly at the way Jorma played it on the first Hot Tuna album. Since every performance of his is quite different and involves a lot of improvisation, a note-by-note transcription would be nearly impossible. However, we have done a very accurate transcription of the two intro verses along with examples of how he accompanies a couple verses.