This is the rhythm guitar part to Muddy Waters's "Got My Mojo Working". I would like to know what beats the chords land on for this measure. I only know that the first chord lands on the and of 1. Can someone please help me?
A graphical supplement to @HaveProblemsEveryday's answer with strumming pattern suggested by @Tim (see comments below).
Note that the chords occur on every third sixteenth note (semiquaver).
Since we are dealing with sixteenth notes here, we can break the bar in to
1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a
The first chord is on the and of 1
The second chord is on the e of 2
The third chord is right on 3
The fourth chord is on the a of 3
The fifth chord is on the and of 4
Often, what I have found helps me when dealing with tricky rhythms is to count out the beats and write them under the bar to know where each note is played.
Start by finding the quarter note beats:
Since there are sixteenth note subdivisions here, you can count 1-e-and-a 2-e-and-a 3-e-and-a 4-e-and-a and so on. Now you can see which subdivisions the notes fall on: the "and" of 1, the "e" of 2, the 3, and the "and" of 4.
Something else you should notice: four of the five notes have a dot above them. These dots are articulation marks which mean that these notes should be played staccato.
What you might want to do is either:
Find a youtube video of Muddy playing it. You Tube allows you to slow down the playback without changing the pitch. Click on the settings icon and then on playback speed.
If you have the song on your phone or iPad, you can get a music slowdown app for free and slow it down that way. This will also let you loop a small section of the song. I think you need to actually own the song to do this. I use an app called Music Speed and it works great.
Far better for this type of music than notation. I guarantee Muddy never notated it on sheet music.