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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Introductions: When the Roll is called...
« Last post by Slack on Today at 09:25:29 AM »
Welcome Sarah!   Glad you found and joined us!
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Hello Everyone
I found this site researching resonator guitars. I've spent a good chunk of the morning reading the site then I decided I might as well join. I love folk, roots music and blues. Thanks for having me.
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by blueshome on Today at 12:48:20 AM »
I got as far as deciding for E standard tuned low and the E9 chord  but no further, but on relistening, agree with the others.
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Old Man Ned on Yesterday at 09:59:13 AM »
For "Sweetest Apple On The Tree" I'm hearing playing position/tuning as E standard about a step low

Fretting what Scrapper plays in the treble from :27--:30 as
2
3
1
2?
2?
0
not sure if he's holding the E and/or B on the 4th and 5th strings, but I would call this an E9


Scrapper fretting and playing the triplet figure he plays from 1:35--1:46 at
7
5
7
x
x
0
   
and the the descending harmonized lines from 4:04-4:06
4th fret for 6th and 3rd string walking down through 3rd to 2nd fret, hitting open first\second strings, resolving to a standard E chord with a wee hammer on to the 3rd string 1st fret.
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Prof Scratchy on Yesterday at 02:50:55 AM »
The questions on "Sweetest Apple On The Tree" are:
   * What playing position/tuning did Scrapper Blackwell use to play the song? - E standard tuned low
   * Where did Scrapper fret what he plays in the treble from :27--:30, and what chord does it make, relative to his tuning? - 02x132 (donít know the name of the chord - he seems to hammer onto the first fret of the third string, followed by open sixth, then second fret first string followed by seventh note on third fret of second string)
   * Where is Scrapper fretting and playing the triplet figure he plays from 1:35--1:46?  - this sounds like a Lightnin Hopkins E inversion on the seventh fret of the third and first strings and the fifth fret of the second string.
   * Where did Scrapper fret and play the descending harmonized lines from 4:04 - 4.06 - sounds like he pinches fourth fret of strings 6 and3, descending chromatically via fret 3 to fret2. After each pinch he brushes upwards on open strings 1 and 2. At the of this series he goes back to first position E.




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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 19, 2019, 06:27:16 PM »
Hi all,
Mance Lipscomb's version of "Ain't You Sorry?" first appeared on "Texas Sharecropper and Songster, Vol. 4".  The song is an 8-bar rag (at least in the verses) with a VI-II-V-I progression, holding each chord for two bars.  Mance played it in G position in standard tuning, and he gave it an unforgettably funky rhythm with plenty of the "Spanish tinge".  Here is "Ain't You Sorry?":



INTRO SOLO

Ain't you sorry, to your heart, best of friends, you know, they got to part
Ain't you sorry, sorry that you did me wrong?

Now, me and my girl had a falling out, bet you don't know what it was about
She's sorry, sorry that she did me wrong

Now, go on, girl, needn't flake [?], know you done told your own mistake
Ain't you sorry, sorry to your heart?

SOLO

Well, I'm going up North, ain't goin' to stay, got a girl, shakes, that's gonna pay my way
Ain't you sorry, sorry to your heart?

SOLO X 4

Ain't you sorry, sorry, to your heart, but the best of friends, you know, got to part
Ain't you sorry, sorry you did me wrong?

SOLO

All best,
Johnm






 
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 19, 2019, 06:06:52 PM »
Hi all,
Mance Lipscomb's version of "Shorty George", played in C position in standard tuning, has an unusually pretty melody, and is a different song, melodically and in its structure from other songs of that title.  Mance always played so many variations, and it's a treat to hear how he changed his accompaniment over the course of his rendition.  I'm not at all sure I have the tagline to the first verse exactly right, and would very much appreciate correction or corroboration.  Here is "Shorty George":



Shorty George, he died on the road
Tell me, Shorty George, he died on the road
He died with a sad, broke-even heart

If I leave here walking, who's gonna follow me?
If I leave here walking, who's gonna follow me?
If I leave here walking, who's gonna follow me?

Why I love you, babe, just can't help myself
Well, I love my babe, just can't help myself
I'd rather be with the woman, than anybody else

Tell me, babe, where did you stay last night?
Won't you tell me, mama, where'd you stay last night?
You went to come in, home, with your shoes weren't on you right

She says, "Now Daddy, Daddy don't raise no sand.
Look-a-here now, Daddy, Daddy don't raise no sand.
I don't ask you 'bout no woman, don't ask me about no man."

If I feel tomorrow, like I feel today
If I feel tomorrow, like I feel today
Well I won't be here, but somewhere on my way

If I leave here runnin', who's gonna follow me?
If I leave here runnin', who's gon' follow me?
If I leave here walkin', no one to follow me

In the Spring, in the Spring, when the birds begin to sing
It's the only time, you ever gon' dog me 'round

All best,
Johnm

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 19, 2019, 05:37:18 PM »
Hi all,
Mance Lipscomb recorded "Charlie James" for "Texas Sharecropper and Songster, Vol. 2" on Arhoolie.  The song is a very laconic, spooky number that Mance played out of E position in standard tuning.  The first verse sets up the context unforgettably, and so quietly.  Mance pronounced "far" like "fur" or "fir".  He does one of his trademark continuous accelerandos over the course of his rendition, and he's really moving by the time he gets to the end of the song.  Here is "Charlie James":



INTRO SOLO

If you see Charlie James coming down the road
Would you please, don't tell him, which-a-way you see me go

In the morning soon, in the morning soon
Yes, I'm going back to Houston in the morning soon

Had a whole lot of money, one day, one day
Next day, I didn't have a dime

SOLO

Looked down the road, just as far as I could see
And I thought I spied my old-time used-to-be

SOLO

Had a whole lot of trouble, one day, one day
Next day I didn't know what to do

SOLO

Looked down the road, just as far as I could see
And I thought I spied my old-time used-to-be

SOLO

When a man gets in trouble, everybody throws him down
Exceptin' for his friends and they won't come around

Nobody ever knows you, when you're down and out
Ask them for a favor, they will know, it's all about

SOLO

Well, you may go, you may try to stay
But you'll be back, some old rainy day

SOLO AND CODA

All best,
Johnm

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 19, 2019, 05:12:41 PM »
Hi all,
"'Bout A Spoonful" comes from Mance Lipscomb's first Arhoolie album, "Mance Lipscomb, Texas Sharecropper and Songster, Vol. 1".  It's a ripping piece which Mance played out of A in dropped-D tuning, and it has an unusual 9-bar form (in most verses).  Mance goes to a 12-bar form, more or less, for his second solo.  I love the opening line of the first verse.  Here is "'Bout A Spoonful":



I been drinkin' bad whiskey all night long, got the headache now
Yes, I been drinkin' bad whiskey all night long, oh Lord, mama, got the head ache now

Tell me, what you gonna do with your brand new daddy 'bout a spoonful?
Tell me, what you gonna do with your brand new papa, oh Lord, mama, 'bout a spoonful?

It late last night, well, come home from gettin' a spoonful
It was late last night, I come home from gettin' a spoonful

Oh Lordy, mama, all our daddys gets a spoonful
All I want, baby, in this world, oh baby, just a spoonful

Eve and Adam was the first two people got a spoonful
Tell me, Eve and Adam was the first two people, oh mama, got a spoonful

Late last night, well, I lay down and got a spoonful
Baby, late last night, I lay down, oh mama, got a spoonful

Oh, drinkin' bad whiskey all night long, got the headache now
I been drinkin' bad whiskey all night long, oh mama, got the headache now

SOLO

Tell you, what you gonna do with your brand new daddy 'bout a spoonful?
Oh, what you gonna do with your brand new daddy 'bout a spoonful?

Put him in the bed, gonna run him crazy 'bout a spoonful
Put him in the bed, gonna run him crazy, oh Lord, mama, 'bout a spoonful

SOLO

All I want in this wide world is just a spoonful
Baby, all I want in this wide world is just a spoonful

Tell me, what you gonna do with your brand new mama 'bout a spoonful?
Tell me, what you gonna do with your brand new mama, oh Lord, baby, 'bout a spoonful

OUTRO

All best,
Johnm

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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Johnm on July 19, 2019, 10:01:46 AM »
Hi all,
Any takers for the Brooks Berry/Scrapper Blackwell puzzler, "Sweetest Apple On The Tree"?  Come one, come all!
All best,
Johnm
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