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In this lesson i show you how to play Hocus Pocus by the Dutch progresive 70’s band Focus.

The song can be broken down into 3 sections, The main riff starts of with a pedal tone riff played over the A string. Then followed by some interesting Chords more reminicant of a Jazz progression than a rock song. Here is the tab for the opening sequence.

Hocus Pocus” is a song by the Dutch rock band Focus, written by keyboardist, flautist and vocalist Thijs van Leer and guitarist Jan Akkerman. It was recorded and released in 1971 as the opening track of their second studio album, Moving Waves.

An edited version was released as a single (with “Janis” as the B-side) on the Imperial Records, Polydor and Blue Horizon labels in Europe in 1971, but it did not chart in the UK until 1973. A faster re-recording, “Hocus Pocus 2”, was released as a single (with “House of the King” as the B-side) in Europe in 1972. “Hocus Pocus” c/w “Hocus Pocus II” [sic] was released as a single on the Sire Records label in the United States and Canada in 1973.

It reached No. 20 in the UK, No. 18 in Canada, and No. 9 in the US during the spring and summer of 1973. It re-entered the UK charts at No. 57 on 6 June 2010 after being featured heavily on The Chris Moyles Show and in a Nike TV advert shown during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“Hocus Pocus” takes the form of a rondo, consisting of alternation between a powerful rock chord riff with short drum solos and then varied solo “verses” (in the original all performed by Thijs van Leer) which include yodeling, eefing, organ playing, accordion, scat singing, flute riffs, and whistling. The single version is significantly edited from the album version.

 

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