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You Got To Move


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You Got To Move > Variations

In this lesson we cover different variations of the tune. We discuss how to use various chords to make the song more interesting. I also review riffs and licks that would work well with the song. We also discuss how to play the song without playing slide in order to accompany someone else without getting in the way. 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

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You Got To Move background listening: Mississippi Fred McDowell

loop @ 1:05 open E tuning (E A E Ab B E)

loop @ 1:37 chord variations (I chord with walk-down below)

%0/0.X/X.X/X.3/1.3/1.4/3[E7] %0/0.X/X.X/X.2/1.2/1.3/3 %0/0.X/X.X/X.1/1.1/1.2/3 %0/0.X/X.X/X.0/0.0/0.0/0[E]

IV chord, IV dimineshed 

%X/X.2/2.0.1/1.2/3.0[A] %X/X.1/1.0.2/3.1/2.0[Adim]

loop @ 5:03 implying the V chord

loop @ 5:47 other open E riffs

loop @ 7:30 fingerpicking with less slide

$2.0 $1.0 $2.0 $3.1p0 $4.0 | $6.0 $2.0 $4.0.$2.0.$1.0 $2.0.$1.0 $6.0 $3.0 $3.1p0 $4.0 | $6.0 $1.0 $4.0.$2.3 $2.3.$1.3 $6.0 $2.3.$1.3 $6.0.$5.0.$4.0 $5.1 |
$5.2 $4.0.$2.2.$1.0 $5.2 $4.0.$2.2.$1.0 $2.1.$1.0 $6.3^ $2.0.$1.0 | $6.0 $1.0 $2.0 $3.1p0 $4.0 $6.0 $2.0.$1.0 $6.3^ $2.0.$1.0 |
$6.0 $1.0 $2.0 $3.1p0 $4.0 $6.0 $2.0.$1.0 $6./4 | $5.0 $5.0.$4.2.$2.0.$1.2 $5.0.$4.2.$2.0.$1.2 $5.0.$4.2.$3.1.$2.0.$1.2 $6.0 $1.0 $2.0 $3.1p0 $4.0 |
$6.0 $2./5 $2./5 $2./5 $2./5 $1.0 $2.0 $3.1 $3.1p0 $4.0 | $6.0 $6./4 $5.0 $5.0.$4.2.$3.1.$2.0.$1.2 |

loop @ 9:55 practice loop for fingerpicking with less slide




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Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Apr 10, 2013

Hi Corey,

I'm not up to the level of some of your other students, but I wanted to record this before we went onto something new.

Thanks for the terrific song.  I already used it in a Jam and it worked great.


JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Apr 09, 2013

@Corey thx for your comments Corey, it might have been difficult to you to see the whole vdo because youtube added a strange effect that gives me "seasick" !!

I'll get my melody cleaner and throw the thumbpick for the next version. I've noticed for the extra beat on the B7 and maybe on the strum chord (i made many versions...) i think it's because of the singin that take me concentration... and being alone give me more liberty ;) I like the shuffle part too but maybe it's better with "It's hurts me too" lyrics because you gotta move sound more gospel than blues...

I'll keep working on it !

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 09, 2013

@JDY nice job.  I think you should focus on slide control more.  A good way to do this is to play the slide melody very slowly by itself.  Develop your vibrato as well as the ability to slide to a note without vibrato.  Also, you may want to try playing the song without fingerpicks because it might give you a warmer sound.  In one of the verses I hear an extra beat that you added, which is cool if you are playing by yourself but might throw off anyone playing with you...I'm sure you know this already.  The last part where you play without using the slide and just sing is very nice.  I think it is good to do that in a slide song because it is easy to use too much slide.  Thanks for posting.

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Apr 08, 2013

Hello Corey,

This my work in progress version, the bass dosn't sound loud because i was concentrate on playing simple and regular. Next i'll play loud bass to add the rythm drive you were talking about my latest version.

Although, there's false note in singing and playing but it's not finish... It's a cleaner version than my first version. There no much vibrato maybe i should play more of it. I ended with non slide shuffle comping because i hadn't the time to work the 3rd video and use your variation. I'll wait for your comment to get directions.

Thanks for this lesson !



Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Apr 08, 2013

sorry Peter I didn't know what "rant" mean so I searched and found different meanings..most of them with a negative acception!! "talk in a wild or vehement way"... but you know , English is not my mother tongue....

I think too this is a good topic to the end it's only a matter of taste and the example of cooking is really appropriate for me too!!! I come from Italy and you know how cooiking here is part of the culture and it's an art too!! 


Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Apr 08, 2013

Hi Alex, I didn't think you were angry

I just took to opportunity to get a good thread going :-)


Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Apr 08, 2013

@Peter...I'm not angry!!!My intention was exacly the my opinion in an hilarious way!!! :D....

Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Apr 08, 2013

This sounds like a excellent rant :-D

*I* think music is like cooking.  You have to blend the elements in the right proportion.  For example, like salt, to much atonality is unpleasant, but too little makes for boring elevator music.  Also like cooking, a sudden surprising introduction of a note or timbre, like a sour caper on smoked salmon, can be very effective.  Hense, a playing a stabbing slide after a section a finger picking makes the audience go ooo!  

For me distortion, #5s, slides, bends etc. are all ways to add the right amount of spice to the fine steak of the Blues-- just don't use them too often or too predictably.

Happy cooking


Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Apr 08, 2013

So this time I just wanted to tell you that Alex from Italy firmly disagree and express his opinion in the name of  freedom of speech!!!:D

But I do want to learn this different approach to after pack my suitcase and go back home! ;)

Thanks maestro for all the efforts and knowledge you are giving to us...It's really so much appreciated by me and surely by the others too here!!!It's passed more than one year since the beginning of this adventure and I do feel much more rich than before....It's you and Mike merit!!!

take care

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Apr 08, 2013

@Corey...thanks for the lesson....This time I disagree with my fav guitar maestro! :DD...

To me play slide guitar means for sure not exceed with slide but at the same time I personally don't like when there's too much fingerpicking or chords because be at that point in MY opinion is not playin slide guitar anymore....What I really can't stand for example is that people who really exagerate with slide solos....they're terrible to me...Eric Sardinas for example..His version of "come on in my kitchen"...brrr..if there's the balance it's ok.,but even if it's like 80% slide and 20% fingerpicking it's fine...I'm thinkin about Feelin bad blues (Ry Cooder) but even the master piece Dark was the night, cold was the ground....there's not so much fingerpickin and there's right number of notes...but even in your version of You got to move there's balance....and for the same reasoning, takin robert Johson as an example, I don't really like Terraplane Blues, while Travelling Riverside blues and Preachin Blues (up jumped the devil) are great to me..


Peter Wolf
Peter Wolf Apr 07, 2013

Oh rats!

I just played this tune in an Open Mic with a harp player.  This lesson would have been *so* useful.

But thank you for next time :-D



daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Apr 06, 2013

I didn't have the A diminished chord shape before....thank you


you sound great



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