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Author Topic: Tampa Red's bottleneck style  (Read 1139 times)

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Offline Jay Bee Rodriguez

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Tampa Red's bottleneck style
« on: February 17, 2013, 03:44:25 PM »
I know Red used mostly Vestapol tuning on his recordings, but I don't know why, I'm almost more confortable playing his stuff with that "slide for sissies" (Ry Cooder dixit) tuning, the usual standard tuning.  You know, when I think "open D" (or open E), I can't help but thinkin' about Fred McDowell or Elmore, and definitively that's another territory. :)



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« Last Edit: February 17, 2013, 03:58:48 PM by Jay Bee Rodriguez »

Offline sustaireblues

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Re: Tampa Red's bottleneck style
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2013, 06:20:33 AM »
Nice work Jay Bee!
Good camera angle so I can learn from, thanks.

Now you say you can play this with slide in standard tuning also?
I'd like to see it, post it up so we can see how it works.

Joe

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Re: Tampa Red's bottleneck style
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2013, 06:26:34 AM »
The one that's posted is in standard tuning, Joe.

Offline roig

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Re: Tampa Red's bottleneck style
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2013, 07:09:28 AM »
Very very nice!!! Great job on that one.

Offline Jay Bee Rodriguez

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Re: Tampa Red's bottleneck style
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2013, 08:02:05 AM »
Thank you. Actually the clip is half in standard and half in Vestapol. I will upload some covers of classic Tampa's instrumentals (Denvers B, BW Dance etc) soon too.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2013, 04:49:24 PM by Jay Bee Rodriguez »

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Re: Tampa Red's bottleneck style
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2013, 03:34:00 PM »
Nice playing.

Playing in Vasterpol allows the strings to ring out far more than in standard or drop-D and the basic chords that Tampa uses are really accessible at 1st position whilst manipulating the slide. Also, the little runs and rolls that he made on the inside strings come to hand really well. On top of that you just get a fuller sound, taking advantage of the sustain and harmonic characterics of the triplate guitar.

Offline sustaireblues

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Re: Tampa Red's bottleneck style
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2013, 03:44:16 PM »
Ok, I'm up to speed now. I thought I was watching std. tuning on the first part but then when you switched to open tuning my mind just canceled the first part.

You're switch was too smooth for me.

Nice piece, and I really like the slide work in std.

I'll try to keep up next time!   ;D

Joe

Offline Jay Bee Rodriguez

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Re: Tampa Red's bottleneck style
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2013, 05:08:22 PM »
Nice playing.

Playing in Vasterpol allows the strings to ring out far more than in standard or drop-D and the basic chords that Tampa uses are really accessible at 1st position whilst manipulating the slide. Also, the little runs and rolls that he made on the inside strings come to hand really well. On top of that you just get a fuller sound, taking advantage of the sustain and harmonic characterics of the triplate guitar.

That's 100% true. But the thing is, even if I own enough acoustic guitars at home to keep some of them at different tunings, I'm using Open G for slide most of the time, and since I play piano and some harmonica too, and sometimes DADGAD celtic guitar... my mind sometimes has some problems to get the necessary relaxation when I play, you know. No more "alternates"!  :'(
On the other hand, I would like to think about Tampa Red like some kind of "acoustic Robert Nighthawk", so it's possible try some of his stuff on plain simple standard too.

 


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