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In this third lesson I focus on reviewing last weeks lesson by slowing down some of the basic licks. I also introduce a new hammer-on lick that is played in the middle of the song, as well as a variation on that lick. Please let me know how you are doing with the song. Thanks everybody!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Delta Blues
Corey Harris
Skip James
Devil Got My Woman
Open Em Tuning

Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 0:48 open Em tuning

loop @ 2:27 intro breakdown

$3.1 2 3 | $6.0.$3.4 $2.3 $4.0.$1.0 $2.3 $3.4 $6.0.$1.0 0 $4.0 $2.3 $3.4 | $6.0.$3.3 $2.2 $4.0.$1.0 $2.2 $1.3 $6.0.$1.0 0 $4.0 $2.2 $3.3 |
$6.0.$3.2 $2.1 $4.0.$1.0 $2.1 $1.2 $6.0.$1.0 0 $4.0 $1.0 | $6.0 3/4 $5.0 $4.0.$1.0 $6.0 $1.0 $4.0 | $2.0 2 $6.0.$2.3 $4.0.$1.0 $2.3 $1.0 $6.0 $4.0 |
$6.0 $4.0 $6.0 $4.0 $2.8.$1.7 | $6.0.$2.8.$1.7 $2.8.$1.7 $4.0.$2.8.$1.7 $1.9 $2.8.$1.7 $6.0.$2.8.$1.7 $2.8.$1.7 $4.0 $2.0.$1.7 | $5.0 $2.0.$1.7 $2.0.$1.7 $1.9 $2.0.$1.7 $5.0.$2.8^ $2.0.$1.0 $3.2 $2.0 $1.2 |
$5.0 $1.0 $2.3^ 3^ $5.0.$2.3v 0 $3.2 $2.0 $1.2 | $5.0 $1.0 $2.3^ 3^ $5.0.$2.3v 0 $2.2/3 $1.0 |
$6.0 $1.0 $4.0 $2.3 $6.0.$2.2 $1.0 $4.0 $2.2 | $6.0.$2.2/3 $1.0 $4.0 $6.0.$2.3 2 $2.0 | $3./4 /4 $4.0 $6.0 $1.0 $4.0 $2.0 2 3 |
$6.0.$2.3 $4.0.$1.0 $2.3 $1.0 $6.0 $4.0 |

loop @ 2:40 intro run-through slowly

loop @ 5:36 lick demonstrated in the song

loop @ 8:34 lick breakdown

$2.0 3 $1.0 | 3^ 0 $2.3 0 $3./4 $2.3 $3.\2 0 $4.0 | $6.0.$3.0h1p0 $4.0.$1.0 0 $6.0 $3./4 $2.3 $4.0.$1.0 0 |



 

 

 

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lazarlem
lazarlem Aug 16, 2015

Thanks for bringing to me this wonderful song. Over time it may get smoother. Its one of those rare songs you feel the words every time you play it.  It is the blues.  I will accept all critique.  

lazarlem
lazarlem Aug 16, 2015

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 29, 2015

Greetings and thanks for posting.  It looks like you have a good grasp on the opening lick, and it is good that you are not afraid to sing.  I would suggest that you apply yourself to learning the guitar part separately from the singing.  Attack the bass lines first.  Spend a lot of time digesting that and then when you have it internalized then move on to the melody line.  All the while practice singing the lyrics separately, along with the recording at first to get the way the words fall with the music.  When you feel more confident then move on to singing accapella and then finally you can start putting it together with the guitar parts once you have learned them good.  Good luck and we look forward to more posts from you as you progress.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 11, 2012

Then I read your comment. You say yourself that guitar sounds better compared to the voice (and this is undisputed) but at the same time I should try to help me with the guitar and working on it, I'll have results in the future. and then I see a big difference of human approach by the two of you and it makes me smile as one who plays the blues and has achieved little targets has the arrogance to use  so bad words compared to an accomplished musician who constructively criticise and indefinitely encourages his students. And that makes me smile and give me a positive example.Thanks a lot. :)

 

Anyway My girlfriend and me are waiting for you here in Sardinia. We're so excited. You'll have great time here. The place is fantastic! If you have 5 minutes we would love to meet you. We've got a  present for you. It's really a small thing. Don't worry! :))

See you soon

Alex

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 11, 2012

@Corey...thanks for your precious words and advices. you're totally right. My singin is weaker compared to my playin the guitar that off course still needs a lot of pratice. To sing is for sure my Achille's heel. I started doin it maybe just because it was necessary for the giggs as I play solo. So it's many years that actually I'm workin on it and I improved a lot. You can't imagine how I was I think 6 years ago...:p Vey funny for sure and I also discovered that many of my discordant notes with the voice were mainly due to the lack of correspondences between voice and guitar  rather than dissonances of only my voice.  But I think I have also problems with pronunciation. I realized that with a better pronunciation the singin sounds better. It 's all connected to the success of the song, right? I would love to take some lessons but they are very expensive. Also read your words made me smile and think. When seven years ago I decided to start playing in the clubs I used to talk a lot with a famous local blues player and told him I wanted to play Delta Blues and sent him some recordings to have feedback and advices. Now he has become famous in all Italy and has participated to International blues Challenge in Memphis. He told me that my guitar playing was quite good  but the singing was deficiatario. So the beggining was almost the same but He added that I have to respect the tradition, I was tone deaf, and between the lines that maybe it was better not to play in the clubs. Basically he tried to discourage me but he didn't succeeded. 

 

 

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 10, 2012

@ Alex...thanks for posting.  I like what you are doing with the guitar.  I noticed that you use a slide here, though I don't think that it adds anything to the performance.  Consider using the slide on another tune instead.   It is great that you are singing more.  I think your main focus now should be to bring your singing to the level of your guitar playing, which is very good.  Your singing should follow the rhythms of your guitar playing.  Pay attention to the rhythms in your guitar and voice and make sure they compliment each other instead of having the guitar sounding more solid than the voice.  You'll get there in time.

As for the right hand, I find that usually (not always) less is more.  That is if I use two fingers and a thumb on most songs, I find that my fingers tend to trip over each other.  It is like cooking in a small kitchen with too many cooks...they will begin to bump into each other and make it difficult to get the job done.  The traditional way in a lot of African American and West African guitar playing is to play with one finger and a thumb.  I have been inspired by listening to Ali Farka as well as many other players like Djelimady Tounkara, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Boubacar Traore, and others.  Give it a try.  Good luck and keep reaching.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 08, 2012

@corey....some kind of work in progress :)

 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Aug 04, 2012

@Corey....thanks for the suggestions about finding our own way in respect of the song...I think this is a very crucial advise in general for having a good life...it's like sayin that you have to respect the others but at the same time yourself, otherwise is very difficoult to build our own identity..It's a process that belongs to the human being. So in my opinion it's important to look what other people do, take example but not aways replicate or do exacly otherwise we could become, rudely sayin, sheeps with all my respects for sheeps that are so lovely animals....We have a lot of them in Sardinia :DDD So for me words are never too much when you talks us about also philosophical things, attitude, approach and advice in general exacly because music it's not only technique but also spirituality. So respect the others but at the same time yourself. I'm often able to do this in my everyday life but in music it's really hard for me because as a "musician" I've always studied other people songs and had a lot of troubles in findin my own way. So, in this respect, I feel now musically really like a teen agenr of 17 yrs old.:DD I've tried to sing a blues in italian based on Eric Bibb's version of wayfarin stranger. It's not nice, it's really funny, It makes you a little lough but it's a beginnin.So, at least for me, it's very important if you encourage us, even many times, in tryin to do our own version without forgettin to learn  your version and others etc...

Just a request if possible about right hand in the next lesson or later. As you prefer. We don't have time limits. I've noticed that in several skip tunes (like special rider blues) you play with only two fingers like he used to do and Ali Farka Tourè too...I'm interested , if possible, if you could talk us more about it :))

 

 
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