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Baby Please Don't Go


Melody and Rhythm

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Baby Please Don't Go > Melody and Rhythm

This week we begin learning this classic blues tune. My version is simple and easy to learn. In this first lesson I show you the basic licks and discuss tempo and alternating bass and melody. Next week we will go further in depth.

Enjoy!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open E Tuning
Corey Harris
Slide Guitar
Open E Tuning
Lightnin Hopkins
Baby Please Don't Go
Big Joe Williams

Print Print Chords & Tab

Background listening for Baby Please Don't Go: Big Joe Williams & Lightning Hopkins

loop @ 1:28 open E tuning

loop @ 1:38 run-through

loop @ 4:41 basic melody

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loop @ 6:54 tempo

loop @ 7:54 choke and dampening the strings

loop @ 9:09 closing thoughts

 

 

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Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Aug 14, 2014

It is pretty dry and mechanical right now. I learned a lot just filming myself, the first one I took off after 5 minutes. It's amazing how much you can learn watching yourself. I will work on making it smooth and sliding over the note and also into it. I am working on a beginning and end as well as a middle part. I'll post up with the national when I feel good with it. Thank you for the kind words about the tone. The lick starting on the G string forces your thumb to move back and forth, this is a great lesson for the alternating Bass.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 02, 2014

You are welcome Harry.  How is it going.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 13, 2014

@ Harry Roullier...greetings you have a nice tone and rhythm sounds solid.  I would suggest at this point that you alternate how you slide into the notes on your left hand.  When you slide into the note tyr and make it more fluid and don't always slide INTO it but try sliding ON it too.  Don't look so much at the frets but try and get it with your eyes closed and just listen to the slide.  Good luck.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Aug 11, 2014

It's not perfect by a long ways, but its a start.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Aug 11, 2014

 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 29, 2013

@Corey..you're welcome! :)

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 29, 2013

@Claudio...I use .12s strings and that works for me.  Some people like .13s...so it's really whatever you feel most comfortable with.  The action doesn't need to be that high on your strings if you use a nice, light touch and don't press down on the strings.  I haven't changed the action on the guitar I play here, and my touch is light enough so that it works for me.  And it is also comfortable to play in standard tuning without the slide.  I prefer a glass or steel slide, unless I am playing a resonator guitar and then I prefer brass.  I also like slides with a smaller length so that I can still bend my finger with the slide on it while I am playing.  This way I can more easily tilt or angle my slide when I am playing a particular string so that it doesn't hit the other strings and make unwanted noises.  

@ Alex...thanks for your comments.  You are right, touch does make the difference!

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 22, 2013

I like 0,13, tune in open D and use a capo for open E..and about slide...short ones!! But it's a matter of taste!!! Touch really makes the difference!!! :)) Hope to see a your video soon!!

Ciao

 

claudio
claudio Aug 22, 2013

Thank Alex, I will try. I will be changing strings for a bigger one because I have read that it helps for the slide.

So.... summing up:

1: rise the action

2: bigger strings if you want

3. To buy I slide of course :) 

....and that'it you have a slide guitar.

 

Great thank a lot.

C.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 22, 2013

@Claudio...I copy you and paste an advice that Corey gave me time ago about how to set the action of the guitar...;)

Ciao

Alex

"We used to take a matchbook cover and fold it over on itself and cut it to the size of the nut, and glue it in place (just a little glue not too much) under the nut.  this usually raised the action to the right height.  experiment and see what works for you...."

 

claudio
claudio Aug 19, 2013

Hey guys,

I am back from vacation, I need an information.

I will start working on slide guitar according to the songs that Corey does on sonic-junction.

I don't have a slide guitar but I know that I can make my acoustic guitar good for slide by rising the action and changing strings for much bigger one.

Does anyone of you know the proper steps to make a normal acoustic a slide guitar??.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback.

Claudio

 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 18, 2013

Grazie Mike!!! To have That good sound on the 2nd string will run me crazy very soon!!! :DDD

the guitar it's the old one...the epiphone el 00...I prefer to use it when I play slide as the gauge of the strings is medium..on the parlour I've got light gauge...but they look very similar...they're both sunburst!!!

Your slide looks very long!!!! Have you tried to use shorter slide?...they're very comfortable!! 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 16, 2013

@ Peter Wolf...yes that's nine measures. Thanks also for posting audio.  I would suggest that you lighten your touch and spend more time getting comfortable with the bass line...play it over and over.  Thanks!

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 16, 2013

@Mike...your tempo is good here.  All you really have to do is play it a lot so it becomes more comfortable and lighten you touch.  Take it slowly and it will stick. 

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Aug 15, 2013

Hi Corey, here's my first drop for "Please Don't Go".  

Looking forward to getting into it

P

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Aug 15, 2013

Hi Corey .. love the tune!  Here's where I'm at.  It would be great to learn a bit more about how you pick the strings with your right hand when you play slide.  I think my touch is still to heavy with both hands.  

Hi Peter ... good question, thank you.  I'm going to let Corey answer and then I'll update the tab. 

Hi Alex ... you sounds great!  Always inspiring to hear you play. That's your new parlor guitar, right?  The tone sounds more mellow to me.  I like it.

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Aug 15, 2013

Wow!  Muddy had *such* a great voice :-D

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Aug 15, 2013

Hi @Corey and @Mike

I think there is a mistake in the tab.  It is missing the last "please don't go" phrase

I think this is what Corey is playing

Oh baby please don't go...

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Oh baby please don't go...

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Oh baby please don't go down to New Orleans

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You know I love you so.  

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Baby please don't go...

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Is this correct?  Are there really 9 measures?

Thanks

P

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 11, 2013

@Corey..here's my fast feedback...I'm goin back to Sardinia with Semi for vacations..and I'll visit again Nureci...so won't have much time to practice!!! I'll be back eficiently in 10 days but I have my phone to keep watching next lessons and feedback

A presto

Alex

 

p.s. is that Marcus Garvey on your shirt??? I've noticed you've got many of them with different colours!

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 10, 2013

@corey...cool!! Baby please don't go!!! I used to play this song in standard tuning..Lightin Hopkins version...:))

I found this nice video with Muddy playin this tune...I like also how Mick Jagger is payin respect to him..Instead I'm surprised how Keith Richards and the other one aren't doin the same!...They walkin on the table and took immediately the guitar as it was given that they should be on the stage with the master...bah!

 
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