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This is a re-release of one of Corey's most popular lessons, with updates to include our new, highly requested sheet music design.  We fully transcribed Corey's run-through for this lesson to make it easier to learn.  Enjoy.

From Corey: In this lesson we will begin learning a new tune, Devil Got My Woman by Skip James. This classic tune is played in open E minor tuning. It has a lot of drone-like effects which I really dig. This is a simple tune, but pay attention (as always) to the rhythm and the bass. Learn these first before tackling the melody. Worry about singing the tune later. Good luck and please let me know how you are doing. Thanks.

Corey

 

 

 

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

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Loop 0:45 Open E Minor Tune Up

Loop 1:20 Run-Through

 

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Loop 5:22 Intro Breakdown

 

 

 

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Tom M.
Tom M. Jan 06, 2016

Hi Corey,

I believe the second take was better than the first one. I messed up the timing during the first take and decided to retry immediatly and post them both. I know you appreciate it when people have a light touch. I have difficulties with that. I tried to play as delicate as possible but I'm not sure this is what you mean with a light touch. Looking forward to your feedback.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 11, 2016

Greetings and thanks for posting.  Yes the second take is the one for sure.  Your touch sounds nice and light here and the tempo is good.  Looking forward to hearing the rest!  Honor.

lazarlem
lazarlem Jul 14, 2015

There is a  very interestin interview with Skip James' Cousin about Skip James. If you wish to read it, go to Wikipedia. Enter Skip James and at the bottom of his biography there is a link called External Links.  The article entitiled Intervew with Ship James' Cousin, is there. 

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 29, 2015

Thanks for that information. I will check it out.

Michael Mckay
Michael Mckay Jun 28, 2015

Hi again Corey, I think I will finally start to become one of the team.Which is a pretty cool bunch of players from what i see. : )

I'm not sure if your Q was directed at me but i think so. ...I love to play, just playing around seems to be most of it. Actually 

putting in a real hour of determination really sqeezes my brain : /

In saying that its very satisfying to realise that certain part or passage that I usually approch with fear and little confidence 

can become a friend with a little patience and frequency.

I hope to upload something for you soon and then it will all begin. I'm very fond of your style and your peacefull approach.

I've heard there is a chance that you may visit Western Australia for the Perenjori Blues for the Bush. There's fund raising on the go,

I'd drive my up to say hello for sure, it's right out there in the sticks.

Ok, time for some work, 

Kind Regards to you Corey,

Michael McKay

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 04, 2015

Greetings Michael and thanks for your message.  Yes I like how you say..."can become a friend with a litte patience and frequency." That is so true.  Yes I will be in Australia for Blues in the Bush, two days.  Enjoy the woodshed.  Honor!

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 14, 2015

Thanks Michael for watching the lessons.  I hope that it continues to be a source of inspiration for you.  When you are ready, please upload a lesson.  Honor!

lazarlem
lazarlem Jun 24, 2015

Hi Corey. Are there other songs that you know that can be played in open E minor tuning?  Thanks

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 04, 2015

I don't actually play any other songs in that tuning.  But I will learn!

Michael Mckay
Michael Mckay Jun 17, 2015

Hello there Cory, I've been a member for ages now, I like the way it all goes.Its easy to want to learn but not so easy to take the concentrating steps of endurance through a song......thankyou v.much, you are in my house : )

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 24, 2015

What do you mean exactly?

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Mar 29, 2013

@Brian...thanks again and welcome to Sonic Junction.

Brian Kinder
Brian Kinder Mar 28, 2013

Hey Corey, God bless you man.  I really think what you are providing here is awesome.  I think if all of the legends of the blues that have already passed on, if they were still here and had this technology they might be utilizing it as you are.  But since they cannot, I am so glad that you decided to.  Trust me when I say that I could not fill in the gaps and figure out some of the tuning without your helpful guidance.

 

Here is a picture of my Fender resonator.

created at: 03/28/2013

William Angalik
William Angalik Jul 26, 2012
Thanks Corey, for introducing us to the E minor tuning.  The album liner notes mention that, In France during World War One, Stuckey acquired open E minor tuning from soldiers he took to be Bahamians, and showed it to James upon his return from the front.  In this tuning  (at concert pitch, E-B-E-G-B-E, which James called "cross-note"). Corey, your work is brilliant, Thanks a million.
Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jul 26, 2012

This has been the best part of the concert....We were all sitting on the floor but in a certain moment everybody standed up when Habib started playin a think a traditional malian song

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jul 26, 2012

@Thanks Corey....I will upload soon a new video of catfish blues,too!!...I've met Habib Koitè (he played in duo with Eric Bibb)last sunday and listened to that wonderfull tune called Foro Bana and I could listen many similiraties in the sound and scales with yours Catfish blues. I've seen also him muting the string with his pinky finger and I thought.....wow, this is exacly what Corey has teached us!!! And this made me think about how powerfull music is and internet too....It came from Mali, then went to the states and after to me to Italy again with the example in live of HAbib,too!!...I don't know if he taught it to you (I've seen the doc of Martin Scorsese and your  conversation with him) or if you learned it walkin in the streets of Bamako, but there's must be a strong connection. So my new idea was to make a kind of mix between Catfish blues and Foro Bana addin some kind of Flamenco flavour....this is the idea I've got in my mind in general to find my personal sound...play the guitar like a drum...I'm a former african percussionist. :)) And I was impressed also by Mama Kana, his drummer....I think the instrument is called Kalabasa...He is very talented but what I really appreciated was that he was smiling ALL the time...You could see his white teeth from 1 km far!!!ahahaah :)))

 

 

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 25, 2012

@Alex...keep up the good work.  I dig what you have done with the tune already.  You don't do it just like I do, but that is the point...to make the songs a way to express what YOU have inside while at the same time paying respect to the original.  You are on the road!  

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 25, 2012

@WAngalik...I think he is just saying that Skip James and many other blues men used to finish the vocal lines with a guitar riff that sounds like the line he would have sung in the same place. This is a way to make the guitar and the voice seem as if they are one.  I think that is what the best players do, make their instrument talk.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 25, 2012

@Peter Wolf...Nice job Peter.  I can tell you are taking your time with this one.  You are getting it together!

William Angalik
William Angalik Jul 25, 2012
What is this trick that Steve Calt talks about in his liner notes? "James further obscures divisions between its vocal and instrumental segments by beginning his guitar riffs on the last beat of his vocal phrases (a Mississippi blues trick)." Skip James the complete 1931 session 1072 YAZOO Records, Inc Mastering: Nick Perls album liner notes:  Steve Calt
Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Jul 22, 2012

Hey Corey,

Here's me.

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Jul 22, 2012

dialect......I meant you follow SJ's somewaht mangled syntax for those words and I have heard others try to straighten that mess out so it makes more sense. I was just noting the options you choose..like not singing all up high. 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jul 22, 2012

@Corey....thanks....I need to study your version better...the intro I do, I think it's reversed to yours. It's a classic arpeggio from up to down, while what I like in yours is that it starts from the bottom and it finishes up, isn't it? Actually i've tried so many times to play Skip James. I like that slide that you can find in so many tunes of Skip. A part from the guitar, which for me is tough, the singin part has always been something impossible. I always wanted to be able to sing Devil got my woman but I never suceeded. I can do something with cypress grove and special rider, but this is too difficoult. So I'm happy to try again now. It's a big challenge for me!!

@Daddyray....thanks man!!! Please post a video as soon as possible!!! Keep on bluesin'. Alex

William Angalik
William Angalik Jul 21, 2012

Delta Blues Museum (Mike Rugel)  Uncensored History of the Blues- podcast show 13  plays a recording of Skip James from 1928.  "when blues singers talked about the devil they were more likely referring to a mistreating woman or boss than to the Price of Darkness.  Skip James recorded “Devil Got My Woman” in 1931. He had an amazing voice where he certainly sounds haunted by something from hell. But he was more troubled by his woman than anything supernatural." I enjoyed learning .44 blues. Thanks everyone at sonic-junction. Em sounds blue. Take Care William

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 21, 2012

@ Peter Wolf...The guitar is made by Bob Gernandt in Bryson City, NC.  Check him out on the web.  When you are ready, please post a video so we can see where you are at.  I know what it is like to try to learn from books. I tried that back in the day, but I found out that it was less confusing to just listen to the music a million times, get it in my head, and THEN try to play it.  We will find a way that works best for you!  Good luck.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 21, 2012

@ Mike...nice work on the intro.  You are keeping it simple and to the point.  Pay closer attention to the rhythm of the riffs....sounds like you putting in an extra beat somewhere.  

 
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