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Jack of Diamonds


Bass and Melody

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Jack of Diamonds > Bass and Melody

In this lesson I focus on the bass and the melody of the song.  Pay close attention to your slide and make sure that no extra notes come out other than the ones we want.  Chords are also discussed.  Keep it simple and take your time. 

Please send me your comments, questions, videos.  Good luck.

Corey

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open E Tuning
Corey Harris
Mance Lipscomb
Slide Guitar
Jack of Diamonds
Open E Tuning

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 2:13 Run-Through

Loop 6:21 Breakdown of Melody

Loop 8:08 Practice Loop of the Melody and Bass Slowly 

 

Download the Sheet Music PDF

 

Loop 9:15 Breakdown of Middle Section

Loop 10:16 IV and V Chord

Loop 12:37 Practice with the Alternating Bass and Corey Singing

 

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Julien
Julien Sep 23, 2016

Hi Corey, unfortunatly I didn't manage to find YOUR lyrics for the fabulous JAck O diamonds song on the web.

Could you please paste them here? or indicate me where ican get them.

As i'm french i'm not sure to get the whole meaning when listening to the song...

 

Thannks by advance

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Dec 07, 2016

 

Jack of Diamonds

Well I played him in of spring 
And he never won a thing 

Jack of Diamonds was a hard card to play

Well I played him in of fall
And he never won at all

Jack of Diamonds was a hard card to play

I fell down on my knees
Tried to play Jack of Spades

Jack of Diamonds was a hard card to play 

Well I played him 'gainst the ace
He was a starvation in my face

Jack of Diamonds was a hard card to play

Well I played him 'gainst the deuce
pulled a jack when it weren't no use

Jack of Diamonds was a hard card to play

Well I played him 'gainst the tre
It was on ??it a fiver lay??

Jack of Diamonds was a hard card to play 

And I played the jack 'gainst the four
Turned the jack's red indigo

Jack of Diamonds was a hard card to play 

I played him 'gainst the five
That Abe Lincoln made me cry

Jack of Diamonds was a hard card to play

And I played him 'gainst the six
It left me in a terrible fix

Jack of Diamonds was a hard card to play

And I told you last week 
Just as plain as a man could speak
I'm gonna send you to your proper pay day

And I played the jack 'gainst the king
And it made the deal sing

Jack of diamonds was a hard card to play

And I played it 'gainst the queen
And it turned my money green

Jack of diamonds was a hard card to play

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Mar 13, 2012

@Rich...you got it.  

Rich G
Rich G Mar 12, 2012

Thanks Corey for the welcome and the tip on the film.  I'll check it out.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Mar 12, 2012

@Mike...I would suggest using the heel of your hand to dampen out any extra noises from the guitar.  I would also suggest that you play scales with the slide on every string, major and dominant, as well as minor.  Lastly, learn to play as many nursery rhymes or jingles that you already know.  This will make it easier to learn new stuff later on.  

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Mar 12, 2012

@Rich G...welcome to sonic junction and thanks for checking out my lessons.  Have you seen the Les Blank film about Mance Lipscomb?  I think it is called "A Life Well Spent."  Check for it on youtube.  I dig Mance Lipscomb because he was a real songster...not just blues, but all types of old time black music.  Looking forward to seeing you on the site.  Cool.

Rich G
Rich G Mar 08, 2012

Corey,  Terrific lesson - your playing is beautiful and you explain everything so well.  I am a harp player - just came over from harp junction - and I know very little about guitar (except that I love the sound of great blues), but a lot of what you teach here is useful to me as well.  In addition, it's fun to play along with you.  Just as an aside, I had not heard of Mance Lipscomb until yesterday when I was reading a neat book called "River Bottom Blues" by Ricky Bush.  I don't know Mr. Bush and am not trying to push his book (just heard about on harp-L), but it is fun crime mystery about harp players being killed going back to Sonny Boy I.  Anyway, at the point I got to last night he mentions Mance Lipscomb which caused me to go to youtube where I heard this song.  

Rich Greenberg

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Mar 08, 2012

Beautiful song Corey.  I'm working on getting the melody right now ... both playing it alone and also singing it when I play the bass only (like you suggested on Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning).  

My playing is still a little slopply ... are there any tricks or suggestions for how to pick with the right hand?

Thanks!

 
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