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Offline nobro

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She's Trouble
« on: November 08, 2012, 07:57:31 AM »
I'm not certain whether this technically qualifies as Country Blues. It is not as much imitation as it is an interpretive derivative of that genre.


Offline sustaireblues

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Re: She's Trouble
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2012, 04:11:03 PM »
Sounds like "country blues" to me.
The strong vocals carry the song. Percussive playing, foot stomping and spaces between the notes.

Works for me!

Thanks for posting Reggie,
Joe


ps..... I did have a little trouble keeping a straight face as I typed "Reggie".   ;D  Not your             prototypical country blues handle.

Offline slideaway

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Re: She's Trouble
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2012, 05:14:29 PM »
what Joe said!  really nice job on the singing!

is that slide big enough brother!?  ;D i think that might be the record for me!

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Re: She's Trouble
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2012, 10:01:55 PM »
Thanks Joe! It's good to hear that the influences have carried over from my love of that early acoustic Blues stuff.

As for my name, I was named after my father. Reggie, which is short for Reginald, actually means a great and powerful ruler, or perhaps that would be a form of royalty or 'king'. Likewise, my actual middle name, Ray, has similar regal roots to its meaning. That's two of a kind and a lot to aspire to. The shortened nickname, Reggie, became an easy and more relaxed choice.

My last name, Miles, is a legal alias, a stage name that I've carried for more than 3 decades. I first began to use it when I started exploring this musical path in a more determined fashion. I have put in my time on the road but I chose it because I figured it would be almost impossible to misspell by anyone offering promo or media about my endeavors. Over the years, I've realized how utterly wrong I was in that assumption. I've been billed as Reggie Mills, Reggie Miller, Reggie Myles... just don't call me late for suppertime.
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Offline nobro

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Re: She's Trouble
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2012, 10:15:55 PM »
Thanks Slideaway! BTW, that slide is actually a frictionless marine propeller shaft bearing or cutless bearing, that I found at a garage sale for fifty cents. I looked up what they cost new. If you needed one for your boat, you'd have to shell out around fifty dollars. It has served me well.

Yes, this may very well be the largest slide that anyone has ever stuck on their pinky and tried to bottleneck with but just remember, lest that slide envy starts to take hold, it's not the size of your slide. It's the slide of your size. ;o)

Offline slideaway

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Re: She's Trouble
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2012, 11:17:52 PM »
lest that slide envy starts to take hold, it's not the size of your slide. It's the slide of your size. ;o)

thats exactly what i experienced Reggie! lol I also experienced music/voice/stomp envy :)

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Re: She's Trouble
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2012, 07:46:43 AM »
Slideaway, in that case, you might enjoy my song by the same title. "It's The Slide Of Your Size."

It was the weight of that propeller shaft bearing that made it work so well for me. I use a tuning that places a great deal of tension on my strings. A lighter weight slide simply doesn't give me the same response when working with that kind of tension level.

I'm even considering adding additional weight to it by slipping a big ball bearing into the top of it. These cutless bearings are lined with a rubber sleeve, to help them stay in place as they do their job. In the same way, that rubber insert could help to hold a ball bearing, mounted inside one end, in place.

The one drawback from using this brass bearing as a slide is that the surface of the bearing gets scuffed up after I spend some time sliding with it. So, I have to continue to keep it polished, in order to avoid the noise that a dull slide can make. (Hmmm, "keep my slide polished", a tempting double entendre to consider using in another song. ;o)

After years of buffing out the scuffs and scratches that my slide has accrued via my playing, this slide is slowing getting thinner. So, I'm thinking that adding the extra ball bearing might be a good way to replace the weight that I've lost. I'll hold off on that idea until I feel the weight loss becomes a truly critical factor. In the meantime, I'm slowly getting used to playing with a slide that's always decreasing in weight, an interesting exercise.


Offline slideaway

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Re: She's Trouble
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2012, 06:16:08 PM »
(Hmmm, "keep my slide polished",

LOL! great idea!

I am always very interested to read of artists individual slide techniques and equipment experiences, and this is a very original one brother! proofs in the listening :) thanks!... brass eh, i had assumed it must of been alloy to be light enough at that size .. takes me hat off to ya!

Offline WayneS

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Re: She's Trouble
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2012, 12:45:28 PM »
VERY nice singing and playing, Reggie.   

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Re: She's Trouble
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2012, 08:25:33 PM »
Thank you WayneS!

I wrote this one for a friend of mine. He's was an old married guy, with children. One day, out of the blue, he confessed to me that the other woman had come along in his life. Alas! It's too bad that my ability as a composer wasn't able to save him. I wasn't able to complete this song quickly enough to use as a warning to him. If this song had only reached my friend soon enough, maybe it would have kept him from gettin' into all that trouble.

Stay outta trouble now! Ya hear?

 


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