Corey Harris

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Keep Your Lamp Trimmed


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I am not sure who wrote this song, but Blind Willie Johnson and Fred McDowell both have great versions.  In this video I introduce the song, bass line and melody.  Even though the bass is simple, pay special attention to your rhythm and timing when playing the song.  Focus on the bass first and then hum the melody while playing the bass.  Learn the melody on the guitar and then combine the two lines.  Link me on the site with any questions or comments.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open E Tuning

Print Print Chords & Tab

loop @ 1:18 At Tempo Run-Through

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First Section

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$6.0.$2./5 $1. $1. $1. $4.0.$1.0 $1. $2.0 $1. $6.0.$2./5 $1. $1. $1. $4.0.$1.0 $1. $2.0 $1. | $6.0.$2./5 $1. $1. $1. $4.0.$1./4 $1. $1. $1. $6.0 $1. $1. $1. $4.0 $1. $1. $1. |
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Second Section

$6.0 $1. $1. $1. $4.0 $1. $1. $1. $6.0 $1. $1. $1. $4.0.$1.12 $1. $1. $1. | $6.0.$1./7 $1. $1.\6 $1. $4.0.$1./7 $1. $1.0 $1. $6.0 $1. $1. $1. $4.0.$1./7 $1. $1. $1. |
$6.0.$1.5 $1. $1. $1. $4.0 $1. $1. $1. $6.0 $1. $1. $1. $4.0.$1.12 $1. $1. $1. | $6.0.$1./7 $1. $1.\5 $1. $4.0.$1./7 $1. $1.0 $1. $6.0 $1. $1. $1. $4.0.$1./5 $1. $1. $1. |
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$6.0 $1. $1.7 $1. $4.0.$1.\5 $1. $1.0 $1. $6.0.$1./5 $1. $2.4 $1. $4.0 $1. $2.5 $2.\4 | $6.0.$2./5 $1. $1. $1. $4.0 $1. $1.0 $1. $6.0.$1./3 $1. $1.0 $1. $4.0.$1./3 $1. $1.0 $1. |

loop @ 10:40 Vocals with the Bass

loop @ 11:34 Melody Only

loop @ 13:26 Melody on the Lower Strings

 

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James
James Jun 25, 2015

Hi Corey

Really cool, I have tuned my six string up to an open E. Practicising that really light touch, while dampening the 6th with the heel of my palm to get that nice flat boom boom, I was lucky enough to spend some time with John Fahy in between sets at a Sydney gig (The Basement) in the early eighties he said as way of a joke that an alternating bass has to sound like Death approaching! He didn't mince words, and I think he really meant it he absolutely loved Charlie Patton.  John Fahey was definitely the real deal and he truly suffered for his art, he was a great artist and left an incredible legacy, I think his albumns "After the Ball" and "Of Rvers and Religion are totally awesome. hIs Requim for Mississippi John Hurt is such a classic.

Cheers

 

James

 

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 04, 2015

Thanks James for sharing that story.  I'm glad it's coming together for you.  Keep playing!

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 30, 2014

Hi Ryan --- we've updated the tab with full bass and timing.  Please let me know how it works for you.

Thanks for being a part of Sonic Junction.

ryan
ryan Apr 30, 2014

Thanks so much!  That is so helpful!

 

r

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 25, 2014

Hi Ryan --- thanks for the feedback.  For some of the older songs, we just focused on tabbing the melody.  Over time we realized that people want both --- and that's the way we do it now.

We will update this lesson over the weekend to show the alternating bass.

ryan
ryan Apr 25, 2014

sure would be nice to have the alternating bass including in the tab.  why is absent it so many of the song tabs? 

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Mar 06, 2013

Hello Corey,

this is a smooth version of the song. I was sick today but i don't know when i could record another video. So i've made a try. I don't dare many variation as usual, i try to get your tricks and then make my won later.

But i've remark that i improvise less with fingerpicking (and slide too!) because it's hard to keep the tempo with the thumb and improvise. When you only play a solo in band it doesn't matter if your out of time for a little moment and it could be fun but in this fingerstyle picking if i make a mistake the whole song fall because the thumb move ! Maybe in a year i will be more confortable :)

See You,

JD

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Jan 29, 2013

Hello Corey,

i have a question about your Lyrics. The Lyrics from Fred Mc Dowell says "Here i Stand with my soul and my heart" but i don't understand what your singin ? 

I'm not soo good in English (like a lot of french) so it's hard to get all the lyrics. I transcribe the Blind Willie Johnson too  but i don't understand the "here i stand" part that you sing.

I also here "Keep all" in your version and "Keepin" in BBW and all the Lyric says just "Keep"

Thanks for help

 

JD

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 16, 2012

Hi Danny ... thanks for the request.  We've tabbed out the high string melody.  

Please me know what you think and enjoy Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning .. it's a great tune!

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 14, 2012

Hi Danny .. we will get this tabbed out for you by Friday.  Keep listening to the looped melody in the mean time.  The more you listen, the more your mind will learn to 'hear' the notes ... and your mind will actually change!!  No kidding, people have done scientific studies on this.  That said, tab will be coming soon!

danny
danny Nov 13, 2012

its hard to tell, if or when, your hitting that high

b string

danny
danny Nov 13, 2012

hey, cory.  thanks for choosing this song, i love that gospel heavy blues.  i got down catfish blues in part because of the tabs that were added.  could you include them for this lesson? its hard to keep track of what im supposed to be doing by watching. thanks for your time

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 09, 2012

Hi Corey .. here's how it's coming along.  I'm finding that I can get it cleaner (yes .. this is actually cleaner than before) if I try and having the slide only touch the string I'm trying to play.  Before, I was having the slide touch three strings and when I took it off ... a bunch of ringing happened.  Thoughts / feedback apprecaited!

My next step is to add the bass .. and continue to get the flow / play the melody cleaner.  Love the tune.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 04, 2012

@Mike...glad to hear that you like this song.  To dampen the strings I use both right and left hands, depending on what is going on.  Experiment and see what works best for you.  I will include a section on dampening next time, because that is really important in slide -- minimizing the extra noises to make the slide ring out.  Thanks.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 03, 2012

Hey Corey .. great tune! I like how you broke this up.  I've tried to learn slide a couple times .. but never quite got it.  Looking forward to learning a whole song this time!

I'm now practicing the melody only and am getting it.  

Quick question, when I take the slide off of the B string .. it tends to ring.  Do you dampen the strings with your left or right hand .. or is there some other trick I'm missing?

Thanks!

 
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