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You Got To Move

Endings and Dynamics

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You Got To Move > Endings and Dynamics

In this lesson I demonstrate how to accompany your voice or another instrument by not playing slide and playing more chords. Using a light touch on the strings is also discussed, as well as using the slide sparingly when you play. The technique of how to fill in vocal lines with guitar lines and vice versa is also covered. I also talk about how to use your thumb.

Good luck!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Open E Tuning
Corey Harris
Open E Tuning
Mississippi Fred McDowell
You Got To Move
Slide Guitar

Print Print Chords & Tab

You Got To Move background listening: Mississippi Fred McDowell

loop @ 1:51 backing track

loop @ 3:05 fingerpicking, the importance of light touch and not playing too much

loop @ 5:39 vocals and interchanging / implying vocals with the slide

loop @ 9:54 playing the melody on the lower notes

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loop @ 12:26 endings

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alberto sanchez
alberto sanchez May 15, 2020

Hi Corey, here is this recording attempting to get inside the song...please tell me how you hear it so I can make it sound more relaxed and focused... thanks!


alberto sanchez
alberto sanchez May 15, 2020

Edu Ferre
Edu Ferre Sep 20, 2016

 Hi Corey, please listen my record and tell me what it's wrong and how can I go on the right way. Also, I have tried to do the vocals (sorry about this ;) ), but I can´t feel relaxing and confortable, any advice?

Thank you

Edu Ferre
Edu Ferre Sep 21, 2016

Thanks Steve :)

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Dec 07, 2016

@Edu....Thanks for posting a video.  Your tempo is good on the guitar and you get a nice sound on the slide.  I would suggest that you use more of a steady alternating bass instead of playing all the strings by brusing down every few beats like you are doing now.  As for the singing, the best way to improve is to practice ALL the time, singing as much as you can, whether you have a guitar with you or not.  Also practice singing and playing very quietly will over time make you a better listener of what you are playing.  Good luck!

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 29, 2013

Hi Rik ... welcome to Sonic Junction.  Right now, the tab is online only.  We are working on a "print" feature which will be released at the end of May.  We have a discussion here:

... talking about the new features that are coming.  Would be great to hear any additional thoughts / requests you may have.  

Rik Crane
Rik Crane Apr 29, 2013


I am new to Sonic and so far am liking your instruction. However, I dont see how to copy the tabs for the lessons. Help?


JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Apr 26, 2013

@Corey thanks you Corey, i agree there is notes that are still hard to play. I think i'll do like you say. It's a real hard work to play thumb, melody and sing... so now, i have to clear up everything and work slowly ! I should be really confortable before adding the vocal part. But i'm like my students, i'll like to go faster than it should be ;)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Apr 24, 2013

@Corey...grazie!!! I'm glad that you like it...I just met Max and we both share the same passion...This was our first attempt in playin the tune!!!!I'll try to put the slide on the 2nd string least alternate it!



Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 23, 2013

@JD...about the thumb and vibrato.  When I play the vibrato comes from the wrist. My thumb is holding the neck lightly (not too hard or it will make it difficult to move you hand).  I think of the thumb as an anchor, letting me have better control of my hand and wrist.  Your vibrato will get better over time if you concentrate on playing slowly and listen to yourself.  Listening to your slide playing, it is good, but I think you can get even more feeling out of the slide if you focus on playing slowly and listening.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 23, 2013

@Alex...thanks for posting the video.  You both play well together and I like how you divide the work...that is when you are singing and playing the melody he is backing you up and vice versa.  You play in a steady tempo also.  I would suggest when you play the last riff after you sing, "and when the lord gets ready you got to move", that you try playing that riff with the slide.  Nice work. 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 23, 2013

@JD...I can see that you have been working hard.  Nice job.  I would suggest that you should pay close attention to the which string you are sliding on.  Sometimes I hear another string at the same time.  Try slowing down the songs and working only on sertain parts of it at  a time.  For example you could spend a week or a few days working only on the slide melody...slow it down and listen to your self to make sure that you are getting id of any unwanted string noise by using your palm to dampen the note when necessary to get rid of string noise.  Also focus on which string you want to slide on and try to make sure that the slide is only touching the strings that you want it to touch.  Good luck.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Apr 21, 2013

thanks Mike!!!! It was the first time we were playin it together! :)

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 19, 2013

Hi Alex .. awesome!!  Love it.  Has a beautiful feel and vibe to it.  You and Masimiliano really play well with each other too.  Made my day.

Hi JD .. great!  Very fluid slide playing.  Love that ending.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Apr 17, 2013

Thanks Bruno! :)

bruno Apr 17, 2013

@alex love the video! You guys sound great! Almost like a lullabye!

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Apr 15, 2013

Hello Corey, this my new attempt with bare fingers ! Hard to find a good version : every takes as mistakes in different place... I tried to make my vibrato with the thumb stucked to the neck and not from my elbow. There's a lot of things to do i guess but i'll keep this song for my "repertoire" and i'll work all the missing part from your lesson and then makes my own i hope.




@Aex Nice versions guys :) !!


Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Apr 15, 2013

Hy Corey and all...this time little surprise for you, if you like :)))...In this video are playin my friend Massimiliano (right) and me (left)....He's a great blues guitarist and a true fan of Mississippi Mc this series of lessons has been really usefull to arrange this tune and put all the things together...I'm prevantly accompanying him....We changed the tonality to F# as we both feel more comfortable in singing the tune


Max and Alex 

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Apr 14, 2013

Wow ! this lesson is really great ! So much thing about slide and vocal and dynamics ! I'm glad i can slow the video because your tempo was speed but it gives a another dimension to the song. This song is a classic and it's hard to find your own way for this one (although it's hard for all blues).

Your thumb remark is cool : i've notice that i have only "cale"  on the edge of my thumb and not were you have some when you brush, so it's means i apply to much power  in my thumb !

Have also a question : when you do a left hand vibrato, does your thumb stick to the neck and the vibrato comes from the wrist ? I've just notice that  i make vibrato from my elbow... maybe that why i haven't a nice vibrato...

Thanks JD





daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Apr 13, 2013

thank you...another nice lesson. the A dim chord shown in a previous lesson revealed that turn around to me during the week and now I see you playing it as well. the use of the picking thumb is a nice tip (pun noted) as well

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