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Kindhearted Woman Blues


Endings and Singing

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Kindhearted Woman Blues > Endings and Singing

In this lesson we discuss beginning and ending the song, both of which are so important to draw the listener in. I also review how to play the bass groove in a way that is consistent but throws in a little rhythmic variation to keep things interesting. Lastly I talk about how to sing along with the music you play on the guitar. Thanks!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Delta Blues
Corey Harris
Kindhearted Woman Blues
Robert Johnson

Print Print Chords & Tab

Kindhearted Woman Blues background listening: Robert Johnson

loop @ 1:03 intro variations

loop @ 2:55 ending #1

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loop @ 3:33 ending #2

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loop @ 3:42 ending #3

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loop @ 4:05 ending #4

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loop @ 4:33 ending #5

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loop @ 6:00 how to approach endings and starting a tune artistically

loop @ 6:36 playing the bass

loop @ 9:22 singing

loop @ 15:08 closing thoughts and thank you

 

 

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Jamie J
Jamie J Jan 06, 2016

Hey Corey

I love your music and lessons. These are the best online lessons as far as I know. I know this is an old lesson but I saw it and wanted to give it a go with my style. What are the improvements I could make?

 

Thanks

Jamie

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 11, 2016

Greetings Jamie and thank you for posting a video.  You have a good handle on the chords and your bass is almost there.  I woud say the number one thing that you can do now is to slow it down a little and dig in a little more.  Your performance sounds rushed here...take your time.  Try listening to the original version with a metronome and figure out approx how fast it is , if you like.  Once you slow it down your bass will be more solid.  Tap or stomp your foot to keep time while you are playing might be helpful.  Good luck to you.

Jamie J
Jamie J Jan 12, 2016

Thanks Corey, will do 

Douglas Irwin
Douglas Irwin Mar 05, 2013

Singing is the hardest thing for me to do, which greatly limits my ability. So thanks so much for the hints on that and the multiple into's and ending's. Also the great thing with the lessons, I can go back over and over til I get it. Have a great day.

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Mar 05, 2013

Hello Corey,

this my try for Kind Hearted Woman. Last week i was working on" Keep your lamp burning" with my little Gretsch Dobro (cheap and fun) and then i played "Kind hearted Woman". I remembered that i like the bright metallic sound of Johnny Shines so i used thumpick to play this tune. But don't worry i'm still working my thumb with your technique and i'm gonna get it !

As usual i tried to play the whole song even if it is in my high range and not in my confort zone. But my voice is changing so i don't care for now. I sang "Running and hidding" in C but finaly i've discovered that it's better in E and i feel real confortable now ! And i will play it in public.

Things are coming and i'm reallly happy !

Bless you Corey,

JD

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Feb 21, 2013

p.s. just seen the answers on the others lessons...no worries Corey! Nice idea to play the guitar imagining to have a piano..I often imagine to play guitar as I have in my hands a djembe!About Bob Dylan I would add that he if we plays the harmonica than we all can....:D

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Feb 21, 2013

happy birthday Corey.

 

(golden rings on ya is an expression I heard Toots H use to tout things. "may you be adorned with golden rings"..a sort of blessing I suppose. I just liked the idea of that) 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Feb 21, 2013

@Corey...thanks....I often forgot the importance of dynamic...I'm still putting a lot of effort in tryin to balance touch on the strings cause, at the moment, if I lighten you can't hear the bass, if I dig in on the strings....I do it too much and sometimes I can hear some buzzes which could be even a part of the sound but it's not always intentionally..you know what I mean...

A presto

Alex

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 20, 2013

@daddyray...thanks.  what gold rings mean?

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 20, 2013

@alex sj...nice job.  you have learned the riffs well.  i would suggest that you lighten your touch on the guitar...it sounds that you are playing the strings with a little too much force (just a little).  try lightening up your touch.  also, try playing a little quieter while you are singing and then raise the volume of your guitar playing slightly when you are not singing.  thanks for posting.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Feb 20, 2013

Jd...I don't know...I'm not so satisfied about the bass...I can do better than this with more practice...

I wait for your video!!

Ciao

Alex

 

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Feb 19, 2013

@Alex... Wow you've got it cousin ;) The bass sound good and powerfull now, nice job !! I'll post a non-singin version next week i hope !

Ciao

JD

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Feb 19, 2013

@Corey....here's where I am....maybe there's just a little more bass now..:D

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Feb 16, 2013

@Corey..thanks for your kind words...I know what you mean when you say that who teaches, learn at the same time! It's so true!!!!

Now I'm still tryin to figure out that quarter notes rythm...I really don't know why it comes for me more natural to do eight notes. Maybe it's easier for me to keep the time as doin it in quarter notes make me feel like I'm going out of tempo .mix the two things is always better than do only one over and over..

I've seen your interviews in Argentina....That "anthropologist" part was really funny....but I was quite sure too that you studied anthropology!!!..i read it somewhere...

I'll post a video soon and have a nice time in South America!:)

Alex 

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Feb 15, 2013

another terrific lesson..gold rings on ya!

 
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