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Offline eric

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SOTM October 2019 - Truckin' My Blues Away
« on: October 01, 2019, 05:51:49 PM »
The C version of this tune is one of the first rags I learned and is a lot of fun to play.  I was inspired to do this tune for SOTM after John Miller gave a class at PT that explained the progression in C and G.  I associate it with Blind Boy Fuller because he had numerous versions, but there are lots of others.

Here's the progression:


I [III7] / VI7 / II7 V7 / I

I [III7] / VI7 / II7 / V7

I / I7 / IV / Idim

I [III7] / VI7 / II7 V7 / I [V7]

II7 V7 / I

and here's Blind Boy Fuller:



Memphis Minnie


Milton Brown

« Last Edit: October 18, 2019, 04:14:32 PM by eric »
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Re: SOTM October 2019 - Truckin' My Blues Away
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2019, 09:16:44 AM »
Here's a couple more:

Buddy Moss:



Jontavious Willis was one of the instructors at PT this year.  He's a great player:

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Re: SOTM October 2019 - Truckin' My Blues Away
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 10:35:30 AM »
Here's the original--or at least from my limited knowledge I consider it "the original" *in terms of lyrics.* There are many other songs with the same progression ... anyone know of a predecessor with the "Truckin'" theme in the lyrics?



And a version of Chesterfield that I really love from John Jackson:

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Offline jtbrown

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Re: SOTM October 2019 - Truckin' My Blues Away
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2019, 03:23:07 PM »
Eric, shouldn't that be a V7 chord at the end of the second line of the progression, rather than a I chord?

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Re: SOTM October 2019 - Truckin' My Blues Away
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2019, 04:15:35 PM »
Good catch, Todd.  Fixed it, thanks.
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Re: SOTM October 2019 - Truckin' My Blues Away
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2019, 09:02:06 AM »
Hi all,
Here's another one of these from Buddy Moss--"Daddy Don't Care":



All best,
Johnm

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Re: SOTM October 2019 - Truckin' My Blues Away
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2020, 01:51:23 PM »
Here's another one, with an interesting theme.
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Re: SOTM October 2019 - Truckin' My Blues Away
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2021, 04:45:13 PM »
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