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In this last lesson on Big Road Blues I discuss the rhythm of the song, demonstrating where the 'one' is by tapping my foot. Slapping the guitar and snapping the strings is also covered, as well as endings. I also talk about how to sing the tune. Please contact me with any questions or comments. Good luck.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Drop D Tuning
Corey Harris
Tommy Johnson
Drop D Tuning
Big Road Blues

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Background listening: Big Road Blues by Tommy Johnson

loop @ 0:45 open D tuning

loop @ 1:20 run through to practice this week

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$6.0 $1.2 $4.0 $2.3 $6.0.$1.1 1 $4.0 $2.3 | $6.0.$1.2 $2.3 $4.0.$1.1 2 $6.0 $1.2 $4.0 $6.3 |
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loop @ 4:11 beat / syncocaption / rhythm

loop @ 6:41 singing

loop @ 9:53 slapping the strings

loop @ 11:28 ending

 

 

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William Angalik
William Angalik Sep 07, 2012
While researching about Tommy Johnson's Big Road Blues, I came across Slidin' Delta (1929), Tommy Johnson. (notes: Bradley Sweet -Yazoo L-1001) Harvey Hull and Long Cleve Reed singing  Gang Of Brown Skin Women, a rendition of Slidin' Delta.  The latter piece was described by Skip James, who heard it during his childhood, as being 'over a hundred years old'.  Yazoo 1063 notes: While Johnson's accompaniment (performed in drop D  or "poor boy" tuning in the D position) is a simple one it is enlivened by his eccentric rhythmic pattern.  While both the ascending  octave bass figure and the initial vocal phrase are rendered in 4/4 time, the guitar accompaniment changes to a triplet rhythm, the voice continuing in its original pattern.  Johnson's voice delivery is similarly eccentric, with the first word of each verse shouted, and the ensuing phrases sung in medium voice. During this lesson I particularly enjoyed learning the hum section of the lesson. Keeping the bass going after the ascending bass line and the singing have been the difficult areas for me. after the ascending octave bass line, the melody following the octave bass was a bit difficult for me as well. An excellent lesson. Thank You for the lesson. Take Care.
Corey Harris
Corey Harris Sep 06, 2012

I noticed that there is only one response to the last lesson.  I would like to know if this particular song was not interesting to everybody.  Your feedback is valuable!  Let me know what you think....  How do you rate the level of difficulty?  Was Big Road Blues easy, medium or difficult?

 

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Sep 06, 2012

@Alex...sounds like you are getting there.  I would suggest trying to mute the open trings to keep them from making noise while you are playing.  Try using your palm to mute the strings when you are doing the ascending bass line and this way you will hear the other strings better.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Sep 01, 2012

@Corey...still workin on it...about singin I'll upload soon a video...Lyrics are pretty hard for me but above all it's to be in rithm guitar and voice....are you sure you want me try to sing in Falsetto? :DDDDD

 
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