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Sweet Black Angel


Singing, Soloing & Endings

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Sweet Black Angel > Singing, Soloing & Endings

In this lesson I discuss singing in rhythm with the tune and I give a brief example. I also talk about how to put a solo together by following the vocal line. Finally I show some possible endings.

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

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

loop @ 1:55 singing

loop @ 10:12 soloing

loop @ 14:02 Robert Johnson style ending

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loop @ 16:32 ending #2

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loop @ 16:58 ending #3

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Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jun 24, 2013

@corey...great!! Even Ethiopian music?!?!!? I like it, but the old one...the new one not so much...it's just about the music instruments they're using now..You should see semi and her friends when they dance eskeskta!!! For me is impossible..Instead of two feet I've got a pair of woods...could you imagine me moving my shoulders!!!! 

I do like and respect your strong connection to Africa and African music. It's so important to have the consciusness about where we come from.Most of us don't spend time in understanding this and this is the reason why we often loose ourself! 

Please come to Italy soon as possible. We miss you!

Ciao

Alex

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 23, 2013

@ Peter Wolf...thanks for posting the audio.  I can hear that you have made great strides, especially in singing. I would suggest that you pay closer attention to the rhythm.  Try tapping your foot or practice a few minutes everyday with a metronome.  You use the slide well here.  I think there is room for improvement still...try playing the slide lines by themselves and really learn them.  Make sure that you are not bearing down too hard on the strings with the slide and that you wrist is able to move freely and with control.  Good luck

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 23, 2013

@Alex...about your question if I listen to other types of music, yes I listen to reggae, jazz, blues, Manding and Ethiopian music a lot.  I would say that manding music has most influenced my guitar style because it is so close to blues and jazz.

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Jun 15, 2013

Hi Corey, sorry I have been away for a couple of weeks.  This is an awesome lesson!  I found the lesson on singing really, really helpful.  I tried to apply it here.

Before we go on to the next song, here's where I got to on this one.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jun 13, 2013

Merci Jd,

for viewing my monologue!!! :DD...roberto is fantastic except for his English!!! oh, if you could understand well Italian...you will appreciate even with his beatiful toscano accent!!!There's a beatifull movie...Non ci resta che piangere...he and Troisi together....it's wonderfull....

thanks for the advices maestro...I'll try to do it...:)

Ciao

Ale

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Jun 12, 2013

@Alex very nice message and your accent is better than Roberto Begnini one in Down By Law ;) 

Music is simple there's 4 beats and you can put some accent on them : 1 2 3 4 or 1 2 3 4

And it's better to start singing beetwin the time :)

Try to count the beats on songs your hear ! that a good job, do it with music with drums it's easier. You have to find the one. Bootsy Collins (one of the greatest bassist in the world) said that "you can do what you want but never loose the 1 " So find it and then try to keep it :)

Geetings my friend :)

JD

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jun 12, 2013

@Corey thanks.... I like it too and I was wondering if you do it sometime...The question was if you in the past have studied other genre of music and then applied the tecnique to the blues or if it were already inside of you because for example the way you use the thumb and you rotate the wrist is very similar to flamenco players...I'm just curious! :))

about the numbers, tap etc...my friends at least in music I think I'm goin to skip using numbers...There's still too many in the job that actually I'm doing right now...but when I find them in some kind of economic stuff, than I know how to deal with them, but in music I think it's better if I forget them!!! :)

Cheers! :)) 

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Jun 12, 2013

@Corey Well i prefer your groove to my groove so i'll get à little Try with the 1 and 3 ;-) 

@alex i'll see your vidéo tonicité :-) 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 12, 2013

@ everybody...the upbeat can be thought of as either the 2 of the 1 or the and of 1, depending on the length of the measure.  I always put my foot down on the 1 when I am tapping to keep time and try to start all of most of my phrases on the upbeat, when my foot goes up....it's really how you look at at.  But don't think too hard on this...just feel the music and it will all fall into place.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 12, 2013

@ JD...I think that you should do whatever works for you...if tapping on 2 and 4 works then no problem.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 12, 2013

@ JD...Yes well that's the way I do it...it feels like it swings a little better when I do it that way.  If i try and tap on 2 and 4 I get lost quick!  Give it a try and see how it feels for you.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 12, 2013

@ Alex...thanks for taking the time to greet everyone and express your appreciation.  I understand now what you are talking about with picking the string in what you refer to as flamenco style...I like it very much.  Thanks for posting as always.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 12, 2013

@ Mike...thanks so much I am glad that the information is connecting.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jun 09, 2013

@Jd..I'm confused...Sorry but now I'm sure that when there are numbers in music I start to understand almost nothing...it helps me to listen...a part from numbers isn't the accent when singing and even tappin the foot  or clap hands on the upbeat? If you consider as the start of the whole rythm  that....N'....(Corey calls pick up note,if I heard well,you know my English)than the accents (clappin hands, tap the foot, singin) are almost always on the upbeat/levare?!!?!? Mine is a question...

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Jun 09, 2013

@Alex... My question was about the feeling of the blues. for example i tell to jazz beginner to tap their foot on the beat 2 and 4 to feel the jazz. So i asked Corey if i had to tap my foot on the beat 1 and 3 to feel blues :-)  but yes Start your singing on the "and"  or   "levare" is better ;-) 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Jun 09, 2013

@Corey...thanks for the explanations!!! You haven't open a door in my mind, you opened a whole new world..It's clear for me that there's a rythm also in singing...I didn't know how to get it before  this lessons..thanks a lot

@Jd...I think you and Corey are sayin the same thing...If I understood well he sayin to start singin on the upbeat(levare) that he calls 1....he's singin N' one...N' one  n' one....while you say: and one and two, and 3 and four.....the downbeat for your convention is 1 and 3 while for Corey is n'......really african style by him....

@Mike...I can't thank you enough....you already know! :))

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jun 07, 2013

Hi Corey .. love this lesson.  I agree with JD and really love the singing part of the lesson.  I also enjoyed it when you taught the rhythm to You Got to Move in this way too.  

Hi JD .. great to see your playing and singing on the last lesson.  You and Alex inspire me!

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Jun 07, 2013

Great lesson !! the singing tips were really usefull, now all the lessons became a great one, i love it ! And the handfull of endings is really cool. I also like when you block the strings at 17.04 !

I have a question Corey : You clap on the beat 1 and 3 and often your foot tap the 1 and 3. Is that the way too feel the blues ? I've always tap and 2 on 4 for the jazz (and some reggae stuff) but it's not usual for me to clap on 1 and 3... Do i have to feel the blues like this on the ebat 1 and 3 ?

Thanks for all

JD

 
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