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Author Topic: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow  (Read 1347 times)

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Offline daddystovepipe

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Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« on: November 13, 2010, 09:09:32 AM »
Hi all,

Here's my stab at one of Lonnie's most interesting instrumentals.  Compared to others it has more structure and it's fast but not too fast.
What an amazing talent he had; although all his prewar instrumentals use the same tuning and key they are very different.  I'm certain they were improvised, probably not on the spot, but a few days/weeks before recording.
I checked the filmfootage from the 60ies, when he switched to flatpicking.  Strangely he only uses downstrokes, doesn't matter whether he's playing chords or single string soloing, alsways downstrokes.  When doing single string solo's : he doesn't use his left hand pinky (which I need to play Stompin')....questions, questions....



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Re: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2010, 09:44:57 AM »
Quite luvly and so annoying as you make it look all too easy  :P
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Re: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2010, 03:25:26 PM »
thanks all,
the guitar is a copy of a Martin OO (rosewood), made by John Gr?ven in 1995.

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Re: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2010, 09:22:44 PM »
Fantastic. Love it!
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Offline Mike Brosnan

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Re: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2010, 10:52:24 PM »
Excellent as always!

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Re: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2010, 08:29:49 AM »
that saved me watching directly on youtube! wonderful as ever daddystovepipe.
do you prefer pre war or later recordings by lonnie johnson?
when lonnie switched to useing a flatpick, by useing downstrokes alone, do you think that made lonnies playing less complex?
jaycee

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Re: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2010, 09:18:10 AM »
Nice, and while the notes are an accomplishment in themselves, you get the Lonnie Johnson tone, which is really great.

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Re: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2010, 12:43:45 PM »
I prefer Lonnie's prewar fingerpicked recordings.
His style became different, not less complicated, because he simply adapted to the changing musicstyles (and tried to make a buck, an issue we amateurs often forget)

 

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Re: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2010, 04:09:22 AM »
Nice playing (as usual) and nice guitar, Carl.
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Re: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2010, 04:53:22 AM »
Absolutely beautiful!!!

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Re: Lonnie Johnson's "Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2010, 08:45:54 AM »
Really great Carl, the Gr?ven has the tone and you have the touch.

 


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