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Nashville Blues

Norman Blake: Funkiest Flatpicker of All Time

One of the great things about Norman Blake as a flatpicker is his funkiness. No other flatpicker is as bold and unapologetic as Norman. It's awesome. He's as funky as flatpicking gets and this final solo epitomizes that quality so well. As with last week's boogie woogie solo, the name of the game here is finding and committing to a take-no-prisoners groove.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Norman Blake
Nashville Blues
Chris Eldridge

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Nashville Blues Last Solo


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Loop 0:16 Norman Blake's Approach to the Last Solo

Loop 1:35 Breakdown of Solo

Loop 17:32 Slow Practice Loop of Solo

Loop 18:01 Tag Ending

Loop 18:55 Closing Thoughts




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JasonH Feb 19, 2019

 Hi Chris, I've finally memorized all of the lessons on this one.  A couple of bad notes on this take, but let me know what you think when you have a moment, thank you.  P.S. Congrats on the recent Grammy!

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Mar 04, 2019

Yeah buddy! You're killing it! Awesome to hear you play this. My feedback is exactly the same as the feedback I just gave on the Under the Double Eagle video so I'm linking to it:

There's a lot of tension in your system and you're playing really well despite that. But if you can unlock some of that tension the music will breathe and move on a brand new plateau. Watching this I especially noticed that you are carrying a lot of tension in your jaw. I do that a lot. It's something to be aware of. So, as per the advice on the Under the Double Eagle video, try moving your head, neck and even your core around a bunch. 

JasonH Mar 05, 2019

Thank you Chris for the feedback and the peronsalized video response!  You are right, this felt a little weird at first when trying it out last night, but it definitely helps with the tension.  I feel like this will definitely help with my playing going forward.  I'm working on the latest lesson of Under The Double Eagle and hope to have to to you soon (with less tension of course!).  -Jason

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Mar 13, 2016

Chris - I'll work on that. I didn't have a complete understanding of what I was supppsed to do or better yet ... what a trill is supposed to sound like. I didn't really pick it out to well on the lesson. I understand now. Thanks again for all the help.


Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Mar 13, 2016

Rainy and dreary day today so I figured I'd post a video of our last lesson with The Nashville Blues. The shocking reality of me singing LOL but hey we're all friends here right. I don't sing much or play for anyone so there you have it. I'm not sure how long I've been a member of this site ... maybe 3 or 4 months but I feel like my confidence and pickin' has improved so much. I'm happy to be here and wish I would've found lessons earlier in life but thankful that I have now. I love this song and think it was a great lesson.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Mar 13, 2016

Kip, once again, great job! There are 2 things to work on here:

- You are adding a few beats around 2:04-2:06. Those trills are triplets so the notes are coming alot faster than you think. I'll make a quick video to show you what I mean.

- It looks like you're holding a lot of tension in your arm. Your wrist and hand look great and loose but your elbow isn't moving at all. Not that you want to be totally playing from your elbow, btw, but your whole arm should act as a single relaxed system. It might feel wierd since you haven't played this way before, but try bringing the whole guitar over to your left a few inches. That should drop your right arm down a bit. See how that feels. I suspect it will be strange but you might notice your arm freeing up.


Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 16, 2016

Hi Kip --- I think your singing is great.  Nice tone and phrasing.  You really shape it which is cool.

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Mar 11, 2016

Yep - that  C to B flat and preceding lick together might be the coolest thing I've heard in a long time ... reminds me of the Stones in overdrive. How is that possible ha ha. Thanks for showing us how to pick that. Now to learn it.

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