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This week we will learn one the older songs in the songster repertoire, "Darktown Strutter's Ball", written by Shelton Brooks in 1917. This song is a jazz standard but was also popular with songsters such as Mance Lipscomb and others. This song is a ragtime progression in the key of C that I am sure you will enjoy. Just take your time with it and make sure the tempo is comfortable. Enjoy!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Fingerpicking
Corey Harris
Ragtime Guitar
Darktown Strutters Ball
Shelton Brooks

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 1:05 Chords

%X/X.3/3.2/2.0/0.1/1.X/X[C] / / / | %X/X.5/3.4/2.5/4.3/1.X/X[D7] / / / |
%3/3.2/2.0/0.0/0.0/0.3/4[G] / %3/3.2/2.0/0.0/0.0/0.1/1[G7] / | %X/X.3/3.2/2.0/0.1/1.X/X[C] / / / |
%X/X.3/3.2/2.0/0.1/1.X/X[C] / / / | %X/X.4/3.3/2.4/4.2/1.X/X[D7] / / / |
%1/T.X/X.3/3.2/2.1/1.X/X[F] / %X/X.0/0.1/1.2/3.1/2.2/4[F#dim7] / | %X/X.3/3.2/2.0/0.1/1.X/X[C] / %X/X.0/0.2/1.2/1.2/1.3/3[A7] / |
%2/2.X/X.X/X.2/3.1/1.2/4[D7] / %3/3.2/2.0/0.0/0.0/0.3/4[G] %3/3.2/2.0/0.0/0.0/0.1/1[G7] | %X/X.3/3.2/2.0/0.1/1.X/X[C] / / / |

 

Loop 1:43 Run-Through

Loop 3:24 Bass

Loop 3:57 Bass Slowly

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$6.3 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. $6.3 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. $6.3 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. $6.3 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. | $5.3 $1. $4.2.$3.0 $1. $6.3 $1. $4.2.$3.0 $1. $5.3 $1. $6.3 $1. $5.0 $1. $5.2 $1. |
$5.3 $1. $4.2.$3.0 $1. $6.3 $1. $4.2.$3.0 $1. $5.3 $1. $5.2 $1. $5.3 $1. $5.4 $1. | $5.5 $1. $4.4.$3.5 $1. $6.5 $1. $4.4.$3.5 $1. $5.5 $1. $4.4.$3.5 $1. $6.5 $1. $4.4.$3.5 $1. |
$6.1 $1. $4.3.$3.2 $1. $6.1 $1. $4.3.$3.2 $1. $5.0 $1. $4.1.$3.2 $1. $5.0 $1. $4.1.$3.2 $1. | $5.3 $1. $5.3 $1. $5.2 $1. $5.1 $1. $5.0 $1. $4.2.$3.2 $1. $5.0 $1. $4.2.$3.2 $1. |
$6.2 $1. $4.0.$3.2 $1. $6.2 $1. $4.0.$3.2 $1. $6.3 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. $6.3 $1. $4.0.$3.0 $1. | $5.3 $1. $6.3 $5.0 $1. $6.3 $5.0 $1. $5.3 $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. $1. |

Loop 4:28 Last 4 Bars

Loop 5:14 Focus for This Week & Closing Thoughts

 

 

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Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider Nov 09, 2014

Just discovered this site and your lessons. I was glad to see more than a few of the tunes from your cds that I never got around to figuring out. This song being one of them.

Your first performance at the Chicago Bluesfest (many years ago) was what inspired me to take all the Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters tunes I had figured out from my kitchen to open mics, and eventually to Buddy Guy's Legends. I can always use some padding of my repetoire and some review of my technique, and this site is perfect for that.

By the way, I still have the guitar you signed for me in Chicago while touring for Greens From The Garden. Thanks so much for all the inspiration over the years.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jun 13, 2014

Hi Corey --- this is a GREAT tune!  Looking forward to learning this one.

 
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