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My songs ain't writ on papuh... them words, they just come to me while I sing. That's a true God-given talent I was borned with. Only real blues singers like me can make songs on the spot. No mutha's gonna teach you that - Guitar Gabriel, PTCBW 1995 in a semisober moment responding to a naïve student who asked "where ideas for his songs come from?"

Author Topic: Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster  (Read 592 times)

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Offline jasobr

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Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster
« on: January 10, 2024, 06:58:58 AM »
If you're a fan of Mance Lipscomb's music, you might enjoy my just-posted 3500-word article conveying the backstory of his 1960 debut album on Arhoolie, Texas Sharecropper and Songster:

https://jasobrecht.substack.com/p/mance-lipscomb-texas-sharecropper

An earlier version appeared in Living Blues #282.

Many thanks to the members of this community who've posted their insights into Mance's guitar tunings -- your work has been an invaluable help!

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Re: Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2024, 03:04:56 PM »
Thanks, Jas. Wonderful article.

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Re: Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2024, 09:29:56 AM »
Mance was One-of-a-Kind and Great! Thanks for the article.

However, Ain't It Hard sounds like it's in A minor position, but up a bit. Probably close to B minor in pitch. You can hear the open 5th string. All apologies if it's considered bad form to mention that.

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Re: Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2024, 09:37:36 AM »
If you look at the Mance Lipscomb chart at Weeniepedia you're exactly right.


Mance Lipscomb Guitar Keys and Positions

https://weeniecampbell.com/wiki/index.php?title=Mance_Lipscomb_Guitar_Keys_and_Positions

Offline Forgetful Jones

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Re: Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2024, 09:44:58 AM »
Blues Vintage-
Thanks for the confirmation. When I read the article I was Wow'd seeing that he played in B minor position. I always loved that song but had never tried to play it, so I gave it a quick listen.
Cheers!

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