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Essential Slide Licks

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Sweet Black Angel > Essential Slide Licks

In this lesson we focus on the essential slide licks that I use to play this song. Hammer ins and pull offs with he slide are also discussed. Take your time with the licks and try and add slight variations that are in keeping with the vibe of the song. Next week we will cover more licks as well as learn how to end the song.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open E Tuning
Slide Guitar
Open E Tuning
Sweet Black Angel
Tampa Red

Print Print Chords & Tab

Open E tuning (E B E G# B E). Sweet Black Angel background listening: Tampa Red & Robert Nighthawk

loop @ 1:22 review intro & slide technique

loop @ 4:24 1st riff (note: Corey plays a variation of this 2nd time around)

$6.0 $1. $1.0 $6.0.$1./4 $1./5 $6.0 $1.0 $4.0.$1./4 $1.0 | $2./5 $6.0 $1.0 $2.0 $3.1p0 $4.0 $6.0.$2.3.$1.2 $1.2 $4.0.$3.0 $5.1 | $5.2

loop @ 6:15 going to the IV riff

$5.1 | $5.2 $1. $5.0.$1.0 $2.2 $1.0 $5.0.$1./4 $1. $1.0 $5.2.$4.0.$3.1.$2.2 $1. $5.1 | $5.2

loop @ 8:12 pull-offs with the slide

$2.0h2 $1.0 $1. $1./4 $1. $1.2p0 $1. $1./2 $1.0 $1. $2./5 |

 loop @ 10:06 review and closing thoughts

 

 

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Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jun 08, 2013

@Jd...surely my english is not so good! ;))))

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Jun 07, 2013

@alex maybe my explanation aren't clear ;-) i prefer my dobro for slide. 

the action of my folk are too near the neck ans less confortable... Aspettare gli Tutte version ciaro amice ;-) 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jun 07, 2013

@Jd Mon frere....I know what you mean....it's so funny the fact that I think...In Italian doesn't sound so good, in French is better....while you say more or less the opposite...

I like you video!!! You play really well...I'd like to see in the future one with your acoustic guitar when playin slide off course!

vive la France révolutionnaire!!!

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Jun 06, 2013

Wow thank you for the compliment Corey, you make my day, couldn't be so happy !!!

Well for the french it's a hard langage to sing :( Lot of hard consonant and long phrase with adverb... English, italian sound better. In my singin lesson i sing a lot in french because it's makes me work harder. And my teacher said i had a bad accent too but sometimes she helps me on some prononciation for english song..

For the Creole, i love the Clinfton Chenier style a lot but i need a good accent too... Claude Nougaro did a lot of jazz with french lyrics but he was a strong poet...

But you're right i have to think about that "blues in french" option ;) Fortunatly i don't want to make a career as a blues singer ;) i just want to pick my guitar sometime at some gig and sing a blues or two in a set, i'll see in a year or two were i'm i...

Thanks a lot for your lesson and support Corey :)

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 06, 2013

@JD...I think you are playing the guitar well here and your rhythm is good.  The more you play it, the easier it will become.  Keep working on your singing I hear real potential there.  Have you ever thought of singing the blues in french or creole?

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 06, 2013

@Alex...I am not exactly sure what you mean.  Can you post a video to show me please?  Thanks.

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Jun 06, 2013

Hello Corey, this is my attempt for sweet Black Angel. The singing is a little hard because i had to think to guitar and the lyrics so it's a little "young" try. The chorus is not good enough and the E at the 12th fret is "false". I haven't work on it enough.

I have to keep going on working these song, i feel i can manage variation of my own too :) 

I think i loose the shuffle too.. you don't alway play it but you have such a solid ground that even without the thumb i can hear the shuffle... I have to work on the basics i guess...

Greetings

JD

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Jun 06, 2013

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jun 05, 2013

@corey I've got a question this time....When I pick low strings and high strings together I usually do it at the same time as written in the tabs. Recently I've started doing a different thing...pick the low string just a really short moment bofere the high strings..this is the way flamenco players do when they pick together low and high strings...and to me it works so much better...I prefer the sound and I can be more powerfull and stay at tempo. Do you do the same thing sometimes?

I think that Robert Johnson does same for example in the intro turnround of Sweet Home Chicago...or at least it sounds like this to me..

 
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