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In this lesson we will work on 'Take Me Back' by Mance Lipscomb. This is a good tune to practice our fingerpicking. I suggest starting with the alternating bass and then adding on the melody when you feel comfortable. I look forward to hearing from you all. Thank you!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Fingerpicking
Corey Harris
Acoustic Blues
Mance Lipscomb
Take Me Back

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Take Me Back background listening: Mance Lipscomb

loop @ 0:57 chords

%X/X.3/3.2/2.0/0.1/1.0/0[C] %1/T.X/X.3/3.2/2.1/1.1/1[F] %3/3.2/2.0/0.0/0.0/0.3/4[G] %X/X.3/3.2/2.3/4.1/1.0/0[C7]

loop @ 1:14 run-through

loop @ 3:33 break down bass

loop @ 5:20 practice bass slow

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$5.3 $4.2.$3.0 $6.3 $4.2.$3.0 | $5.3 $4.2.$3.0 $6.3 $4.2.$3.0 | $6.3 $4.0.$3.0 $5.2 $4.0.$3.0 | $6.3 $4.0.$3.0 $5.2 $4.0.$3.0 |
$5.3 $4.2.$3.0 $6.3 $4.2.$3.0 | $5.3 $4.2.$3.0 $6.3 $4.2.$3.0 | $6.1 $4.3.$3.2 $6.1 $4.3.$3.2 | $6.1 $4.3.$3.2 $6.1 $4.3.$3.2 |
$5.3 $4.2.$3.0 $6.3 $4.2.$3.0 | $5.3 $4.2.$3.0 $6.3 $4.2.$3.0 | $6.3 $4.0.$3.0 $5.2 $4.0.$3.0 | $6.3 $4.0.$3.0 $5.2 $4.0.$3.0 |

loop @ 7:40 closing thoughts

 

 

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Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 15, 2012

@Alex -- I don't really hear any similarities between Django and Mance Lipscomb.  I don't know much about his life, but I do know that he learned mostly from other musicians and not from records.  Since Django only visited the states once (with Duke Ellington) I don't think that he and Mance Lipscomb ever met.  The styles of each are so different, since he played mostly fingerstyle and Django played mostly with a pick.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Nov 08, 2012

@Corey just one more question if you don't mind..it's always about musicians that influenced each other..In these days I'm studyin "woke up with the blues in my fingers"...a part from the fact that it's so beautifull that's seems to be not real and how we say in italian "of another planet", do you find any kind of similiraties in terms of sound between he and Django reinhart?...There's something in common..I know this is really a personal thing but it's interesting to hear also other opinior...yours or whoever is reading me now.. :D...The period is almost the same so maybe....:)

William Angalik
William Angalik Nov 06, 2012

@Corey... thanks for the kind words.  It's a real honor to be learning from an intriguing musician you are.  I really dig the way you start this tune.  I'm still workin' on gettin' the sound in my head.  The alternating bass of the song sounds simple and easy, but the bass measure leading to the "C7" is currently where I'm at. Thank You and take care.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 06, 2012

@Angalik...thanks for sharing the info.  You are an encyclopedia of blues facts for sure!  Please post a video of you playing the song when you are able.  Thanks.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 06, 2012

@Alex...Thanks for the reply.  Not so bad at all...you play very well.  I think the percussive approach is good, I like to try and do that too sometimes.  But on tunes like this I prefer to play it more straight.  On other tunes like Delta blues (Son House, Charley Patton, etc) the percussive effect is often what is needed.  But even these great players didn't use the drum effect on every tune...and that makes it more effective.  Al that said, do what feels right for you, because at the end of the day we should be expressing ourselves and how we feel inside when we play.  Thanks for posting and I look forward to seeing more posts from you.  

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Nov 06, 2012

@Corey....thanks for feedback...Before Mike mentioned it, I didn't know Creole Belle!! I just listened once very fast just to hear how similar this tunes are....I'm glad to hear, even if this it's not our purpose, that it sounds a little like Creole Bell because in this period I was also studyin spike Driver Blues and maybe I just throw in this tune that licks unconsciously..In this terms it's not so bad, isn't it? there's small differences, it's true...I'm goin to study both and finally get to my result...Corey, I think I'm starting to have an idea of the sound I'd like to have on the guitar...more percussive...and have this idea of playin the guitar like a drum and this is even making me easier to understand the tune and find my own style...

I've listened Motherless Child....nice one! ;))

William Angalik
William Angalik Nov 05, 2012

Frank Stokes, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mance Lipscomb and Henry Thomas, all played the tune "Take Me Back" a ragtime "standard".  Writers describe the material to be traditional, and even probable of pre-blues origin, and having a banjoistic one srtring flatpicking flavor.  Texas Henry Thomas (b. 1874) - Bob McKinney tune contains lines from the tune "Take Me Back" and "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor", two popular tunes from the 1890's.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 05, 2012

@Alex...thanks for posting.  I can see that you are very comfortable with the chords and the fingerpicking already.  I know that the tunes are both very similar but it sound to me like you are playing Creole Belle instead of Take Me Back.  There are some subtle differences...go back and listen to both songs and see what they are.  As you already know, a lot of blues songs can sound very similar and it is often just a few small differences that make a song.  Also, I suggest not striking the strings with your right hand for this particular tune, even though it can be a nice percussion-like effect sometimes.  I think that this tune calls for a lighter touch and for brushing the strings more.  Finally, I think you might be playing the tune a little too fast.  Slow down and lighten up on the strings and it will flow better.  Thanks again and see you soon on sonic junction.

 

CH

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 05, 2012

@Mike...thanks a lot.  I really dig Creole Belle too.  I am not sure that Mississippi John Hurt and Mance Lipscomb influenced each other, since they did not know each other until their styles were fully formed.  I do know that Mississippi John Hurt did not even leave Avalon Mississippi for several decades after recording.  If anybody has more info on that please post it.  Thanks.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Nov 04, 2012

@Mike...yes itìs very similir to Creole Belle....MJH and ML I think both influenced each other :)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Nov 04, 2012

Corey...it's just a first approach...I'm tryin to focus on the bass lines...It's pretty hard the alternating base on the I when I add the melody! 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 02, 2012

Love the tune Corey!  Reminds me a bit of My Creole Belle ... one of the first tunes I learned to finger-pick.  I like this one even better!

 
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