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Author Topic: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords  (Read 40027 times)

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Offline Pan

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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #150 on: May 06, 2014, 04:02:13 AM »
Hobart Smith - Wabash Blues -via Johnm; see this thread:
http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=290.msg87024;topicseen#new



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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #151 on: May 09, 2014, 02:35:12 PM »
Never tried to play in open D minor myself, but I understand Skip James did it a lot.   Including "Hard Time Killing Floor" and "Devil Got My Woman."

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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #152 on: May 11, 2014, 04:31:29 PM »
Never tried to play in open D minor myself, but I understand Skip James did it a lot.   Including "Hard Time Killing Floor" and "Devil Got My Woman."

Hi BluesL-00ver,

You might want to check out this thread on cross note tuning:

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?Itemid=114&topic=648.0

and this entry on the Weeniepedia:

http://weeniecampbell.com/wiki/index.php?title=Adventures_in_Cross-Note

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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #153 on: May 11, 2014, 05:28:25 PM »
Hi all

Frankie's very moving "Mother's Prayer" somehow made me think of an old Mahalia Jackson recording, which has been a favourite of mine for many years. I have it on some obscure compilation LP, but apparently there's a live (?) video as well, on YT.

The tune is a medley of the George Gershwin classic "Summertime", and the old gospel song "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child". The two tunes share a similarity to the melody, which is striking, when juxtaposed as in this medley.

Moreover, Jackson's pianist plays a simple, but very elegant accompaniment to the song(s), which differs slightly from what you usually hear with the many versions of "Summertime", and I've always liked this version very much.



The changes are something like this:

Summertime

||: Am E7/B | Am/C E7/B | Am Dm |  Am |

| Dm | Dm D#dim7 | E7 B7 | E7 E7/D F7/C E7/B |

| Am E7/B | Am/C E7/B | Am Dm |  Am |

| C | E7 | Am Dm | Am E7 :||

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

|| Am E7/B | Am/C E7/B | Am Dm |  Am |

| Dm | Dm E7 | Am Dm | Am E7 |

| Am E7/B | Am/C E7/B | Am Dm | Am |

| Am | Am | E7 | Am |

| Am | Am E7 | Am Dm | Am ||

I didn't write out the intro and outro.  The Am/C could, of course, be seen as a C6 chord as well.

Anyway, Happy Mother's Day to all!

Pan



« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 01:35:39 AM by Pan »

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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #154 on: May 12, 2014, 11:37:18 AM »
H Pan,

Thanks for the reference to the cross-tuning thread!   What a great thread with great directions for a newbie like me.  Looking forward to noodling when I get home tonight.   

Steve.

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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #155 on: May 15, 2014, 06:03:34 PM »
Hi all

Little Brother Montgomery's  "Mama,You Don't Mean Me No Good" from 1935 shares the relative keys of G minor and B flat major.



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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #156 on: May 16, 2014, 01:35:14 AM »
What a player he was!

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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #157 on: May 27, 2014, 12:10:35 PM »
Hi all,
Here is a really pretty religious number from E. C. Ball where he hits the relative minor of the key he's in.



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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #158 on: November 09, 2015, 04:58:02 PM »
Hi all,

Georgia Tom's & Tampa Red's horribly misogynist  "If You Want Me To Love You" is in a minor key.



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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #159 on: September 22, 2016, 10:19:40 AM »
Hi all,

Booker T. Washington's "Death Of Bessie Smith" from 1939, with Walter Davis on piano, is a minor blues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXqQYVCgqyA&feature=youtu.be

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Re: Blues in Minor/With Minor Chords
« Reply #160 on: September 30, 2016, 07:18:06 PM »
Georgia Tom's & Tampa Red's horribly misogynist  "If You Want Me To Love You" is in a minor key.

Hysterically funny when covered by the Asylum Street Spankers.

 


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