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A lot of people say that the blues is just a feeling, but it's not; it's also a harmony system - Steve James, "Blues/Roots Guitar" instructional video

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Offline Richard

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California Blues
« on: September 03, 2006, 06:09:56 AM »
Well I seem to have the singing bug  eek..  however bad it and my guitar sound, but what is life with a little fun  :P

Again apologies to Jimmie Roders, sheer luck it's another one of his but, it's my poor take on it.. I won't say enjoy  :-X
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Re: California Blues
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2006, 09:34:03 AM »
How about some Casey Bill Weldon next? I've always wanted to learn how to do WPA blues, and if I had a lap guitar it's the first song I'd try. Good to see you posting these lap things. Oscar Woods in a year's time???

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Re: California Blues
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2006, 02:28:49 PM »
CBW and Oscar W are certainly my favorites.

No promises, since I can't really play but, I'll look at New WPA, I can do few CBW licks sort of, so if I record them maybe we could assemble them into tune  ;D  and of couse by Weenie Guernsey I might even be brave enough to go the stand.

I like Muscat Hill as that is pretty generic other than his VIb trick so I might be brave  :-X   Meantime however bad these efforts might sound I feel as though I am last going forward a bit, it's a long haul.
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Re: California Blues
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2006, 02:57:26 PM »
I have a lot to learn about lap!  Your playing sounds good to me.  Among other things, your sense of tone/pitch with the slide seems solid.  I'm curious, can you just hum along with the notes as you play them?  Meaning, do you feel you have a good internal sense of the notes you want to hear and so that's why you play them, or are you using more visual clues to get the notes?

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Re: California Blues
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2006, 12:38:09 AM »
Tom

Very technical  :o

Ummmm.... I don't hum as such, I think I probably have something running internally that churns out the few licks that I can play in a very loose premediitated way, hopefully in the right context it's hard to describe. Hope that doesn't confuse you even more  ::)

Being a drummer  :-X I think my playing is very square .Subconsciously I do think\count in blocks of bars and tend to work on the chord or the pentatonic boxes, I am trying to move on and be able to 'solo' without sticking to the chord sequence per se.

Does that help...?  Why not come over to the Weenie thing next year and I'll give you a very bad lesson on lap  :)
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Re: California Blues
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2006, 08:21:31 AM »
Richard...

Another good effort...your lap steel sounds awesome!!!

Blue
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Re: California Blues
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2006, 03:30:59 PM »
Thankyou.

I had a Dobro but didn't get on with it at the time, so eventually after some 'trading and trying' I ended up with this 'ere rather well used '29 squareneck tricone and I just love it  :-*  :-*  :-*  it is THE machine  :)  :) :) 
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Re: California Blues
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2006, 12:42:15 PM »
Richard, I really liked the Jimmy Rogers review yesterday,, You can do that one anyday for me...WoW!!! It brings back all sorts of old memories from 5years old listening to the old Victrola laying on the floor in the living room, to trying to yodel during puberty...... worked for a while!

Your rendition of "California Blues" was great,, nice slide accompaniment (sp?)
also near and dear to my "Country,Old time" "Blues" addictions. Keep up the good work,, Weenie Juke keeps me sane 51 weeks a year, Port Townsend the other week.  Thank's a lot,  Peghead Howell

Keep up the good work!!!!!
Just wait until next year!!!!

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Re: California Blues
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2006, 12:45:19 AM »
Well thanks, you are too kind on both counts  :)

I know Jimmie Rodgers is not to everybody's taste but I think he is great and deserved a spot just as Memphis Minnie did!

Stay tuned  :P
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Re: California Blues
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2006, 08:47:07 AM »
Hi Richard

Congratulation to your new career as a recording artist. :D

I too have now added a Jimmy Rodgers song to my setlist! See what you have done! :o

I understand absolutely nothing about lap steel playing, so believe me when I'm saying you're doing great! :P

Cheers

Pan

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Re: California Blues
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2006, 03:28:46 PM »
Thanks!  Good to know Jimmie is getting more of an airing, let me see if I can get you doing a Casey Bill tune as well ;)
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Re: California Blues
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2006, 02:20:42 AM »
Told you to do it!  If only you could hold the guitar the proper way up. When's the next one coming?

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Re: California Blues
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2006, 10:07:16 AM »
Working on it..... it's got Eb flat in it  ::)
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