JJ Cale – COCAINE – Lesson on Guitar and Harmonica

by George on March 3, 2013

in Beginner Guitar Songs, Music Lessons, Play Songs On Guitar and Harmonica, Song Lessons

Video 1 – Easy Guitar
Video 2 – Harmonica
Video 3 – Jam

Quick Facts

  1. Cocaine was written and recorded by JJ Cale on his Toubadour album back in 1976.
  2. Recorded masterfully by Eric Clapton on his albums Slowhand and Just One Night

Cocaine Guitar Backing Track

If you’re looking for a guitar track to play or sing along with, here it is. Just guitar, no vocals or harmonica.

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Cocaine – Guitar Chords and Lyrics

Cocaine music and lyrics are property and copyright of their owners and provided for educational purposes and personal use only.
If you want the real thing, use the links above.
This is my rendition, transcription, envision of an all time awesome song.

1 & 2 & (34) &

If you want to hang out
You’ve got to take her out

If you want to get down
Down on the ground

She don’t lie, She don’t lie
She don’t lie, Cocaine

If you’ve got bad news
You want to kick them blues

When your day is done
And you want to run on


If your thing is gone
And you want to ride on

Don’t forget this fact
You can’t get it back


Musical Instruments and Recording Equipment

Takamine Acoustic-Electric EG Series Guitar
Takamine Acoustic Electric EG
In this video I am playing a Takamine Electric Acoustic EG series guitar similar to the one pictured here.
It has a solid spruce top with nato back and sides and a rosewood fretboard with abalone fret markers.
The built-in Takamine TK-40 preamp features EQ Bypass, Notch Filter, Mid Contour, Bass, Mid, Treble and Gain in addition to a built-in electronic tuner.
This guitar performs great and records great.


Hohner Special 20 Key – A
Hohner Special 20 HarmonicasI’m using a Hohner Special 20 in the key of A for Call The Doctor. The song is in F#minor which is the relative minor to A major – it shares the same key signature so works for us here.

Hohner Harmonica Neck Holder

Hohner Harp HolderI made my first harmonica holder out of an old wire coat hanger. It wasn’t beautiful but it worked and put me on the road to earning my McGyver certificate at an early age.
For me now, a comfortable and properly fitting harmonica holder is a must for hands free harmonica playing. This
Hohner Harmonica Neck Holder
works great for me.
Another harmonica holder that you may want to try that has gotten great reviews is the
Lee Oskar Harmonica Holder
. You can also check out other harmonica holders on my George’s Harp Shop page.

Cocaine Transcription

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

John Rogers March 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Great lesson George!

I love all of your lessons!

I liked the format. I liked the three parts and I like that the three parts are in the videos. For example, this makes it easier to focus on each part without having to find the position in the video.

I like learning the each part (guitar and harp) and I find that learning one helps to learn/understand the other part better!!!

I like the jam part to!!! Makes it easy and fun to play/learn with!!!

And… I really love finding harmonica parts for songs that don’t originally have them. And I love that you show us the method that you use!

I play at a jam and some songs have classic harp parts, so it is easier to join in on those, but for the other songs, I sometimes get the “deer in the headlights” feeling as I try to figure it out on the spot. Having a way to do a little prep will be great and I am hoping that learning the process will make on the fly improvising better and more fun/interesting!

Thanks so much!!


Thanks for putting the “donate” button on the page. I have been wanting to send my thanks to you!!! I donated today and will donate as my budget permits!!!


George March 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hiya John. I’m glad you liked the three video format. I think that may become the new standard for my video lessons.
And thank you again for your donation. I am very happy that you are getting value out of these lessons.
Cheers, George


Big Al Robinson March 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Way to go!
Not only finding those licks on 6 blow, 5 draw… 2 draw, 2 double bend and 9 blow, 9 draw important but what I really liked was you finding a modified solo on the melody!
Once again… finding harmonica parts on Classic Rock songs where there is no harp.
A huge gap in the harmonica world.
Thanks so much!
Big Al


George March 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

The melody is always a great place to start.
And you are very welcome my friend.


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