Alex Barbera

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Little Red Rooster Performance and Chords Oct 07, 2015

Thanks Guy! I'm a big fan of Eric Bibb....I've seen him play@Lugagnano di Sona I think 3 times...for this reason Eric remembers very well my friends, my wife and me...I studied his tune..Goin Down Slow and I thought to throw some licks even in your version of little red rooster....

I'm not a good singer....and my english pronunciation is really italian...but I'll try.....:)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Little Red Rooster Performance and Chords Oct 04, 2015

Hy Guy...I'm glad you're again giving lesson here in SJ..Here's my video. Thanks in advance for the advices. I've just seen you're playin @ club il giardino in lugagnano di sona. I don't know if you played there before, but anyway, it's a really nice place You will like it

 

Guy Davis
Guy Davis Oct 06, 2015

Wow Alex! You don't need any lessons from me. Your guitar work sounds alot like my friend Eric Bibb. You've got this tune down solid. Next time you see me, make sure that you are singing it too.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Oct 07, 2015

Thanks Guy! I'm a big fan of Eric Bibb....I've seen him play@Lugagnano di Sona I think 3 times...for this reason Eric remembers very well my friends, my wife and me...I studied his tune..Goin Down Slow and I thought to throw some licks even in your version of little red rooster....

I'm not a good singer....and my english pronunciation is really italian...but I'll try.....:)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Catfish Blues Main Riff Jul 19, 2015

Hy James! You sound groovy and clean...I like your reinterpretation of Corey's version :)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Catfish Blues Main Riff May 13, 2015

yes...as far as I know RJ liked Kalamazoo and Stella...It's a pity you quit Andy. I would have liked to see more video from you :)

 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Catfish Blues Main Riff May 13, 2015

Very nice playin Andy...and which guitar are you playin? Is a vintage gibson L 00???

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Things About Coming My Way Melody Breakdown May 01, 2015

Thanks Guy

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Things About Coming My Way Melody Breakdown Apr 26, 2015

Thanks Mike, I hope to see your video too! :))

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Things About Coming My Way Melody Breakdown Apr 25, 2015

Huy Guy..it's a great honour to have you here in sonic junction and take lessons by you. This is my attempt. I'm still memorizing the bass line...

Very difficoult tune to play for me.

Many cheers and thanks to Mike and Corey

Alex (Italy)

 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Apr 25, 2015

You sound great Alex! You put a smile on my face.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera Apr 26, 2015

Thanks Mike, I hope to see your video too! :))

Guy Davis
Guy Davis Apr 29, 2015

The object of this lesson is not for you to play it note for note on the baseline or the fingers. Just keep the rhythm solid. When your thumb work becomes second nature, the fingers, and everything else will follow.

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera May 01, 2015

Thanks Guy

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Too Hot to Handle Soloing Lesson 2 Feb 11, 2014

I would add even Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mike!!! :)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Too Hot to Handle Soloing Feb 06, 2014

Hy Duke! In the soloing, that Delta blues part you're talkin about, really reminds me the intro of JLH's Hobo Blues..but you are tuned in standard tuning, arent' you?!?!

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Honeysuckle Main Body Feb 05, 2014

I like it more JD, too!!!!

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Honeysuckle Main Body Feb 05, 2014

so beautifull, mon frere! ;)....and I love you guitar...Which model is that?!?!?! I don't remember...it's a Gibson, right!!?!? :))

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Too Tight Main Section Dec 07, 2013

oh oh Corey...you look really in a good shape!!! ;)))

Thanks for teaching this tune...It's stimulating...I'm studyin hard in this period for a public competion to work in the administration of University of Bologna (the oldest in the world) but I'm still following your lesson...I hope to upload a video soon!! :))

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Catfish Blues Lesson 3 Nov 19, 2013

ian....what a nice an warm sound you've got!!!...I've also watched your other video...you got a beatifull voice too!!! Would be nice to see in the next videos your guitar and your hands workin on it!!!

Thanks

Alex( Italy)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Diddy Wah Diddy Intro & Alternating Bass Nov 11, 2013

thanks Corey...I think you mean when I'm on the turnaround....I do on the first string  fret 3 and 2 instead of 4 and 2...right???

It's very fast for me this tune...It's interesting also the way you're picking the strings when you go to the B chord in the intro right before starting the verse...you're not picking IV and Ist string exacly at the same time...there's a little space that really makes the difference...We discussed about it some time ago...Do you remember the flamenco conversation..etc?!?!? It would be interesting if you could go deeper in this...thanks again! Alex

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Diddy Wah Diddy Intro & Alternating Bass Nov 05, 2013

@Corey...here's my attempt at the intro....

@Jd...nice nice Job!!

 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Diddy Wah Diddy Intro & Alternating Bass Nov 03, 2013

@Corey and everybody else....excuse me...could you tell me what diddy wah diddy mean?!?!!? :DDD...really nice and hard tune to play!! :)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: John Henry Vocals, Riffs and Ending Oct 28, 2013

His fugitive ended September 22, 1880. He gave himself to  the police in order to avoid a shootout and not scare her pregnant daughter who was with him . he was translated in Sassari where a huge crowd gathered . Two years after, the trial was held in Frosinone to avoid the huge outcry in Sardinia since his arrest could influence the jury . The case , followed by all the national newspapers , aroused a great and passionate participation . The verdict , highly anticipated, came after only three days of trial : acquitted for self-defense.....

a "bandit" acquitted for self-defense!! :))

here's a picture of a sardinian bandit...he's not Giovanni Tolu...

created at: 10/28/2013

 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: John Henry Vocals, Riffs and Ending Oct 28, 2013

Corey...yes...we have something similar in Sardinia...It's the story of Giovanni tolu , a bandit who lived in the province of Sassari in the nineteenth century. fell in love with the servant of a priest with not such high morality. it is said that she was his daughter. however, he wanted to marry her but the priest did everything to make sure that the wedding should not be celebrated . It reminds "I promessi Sposi" by Alessandro Manzoni. After various adventures finally got married but the problems continued because her family did continue to speak so bad about him  so that she changes her attitude towards him. she became became another kind of person. One day they had a fight and also intervened his father in-law . The priest once again intruded into their family things and Tolu , taken from anger , reduced him from death and fled , and so began his new life as a fugitive . we are talking about almost 30 years. In this time his legend grew, because he defended the poor people. He used to live alone in sheepfolds with his rifle in his hand, pattadese (typical Sardinian knife) and his faithful dog.Considers that the Sardinian economy was agro-pastoral and livestock was an important capital for those who owned it. you could kill for a sheep. Giovanni Tolu was relentless with cattle thieves but was generous with the needy . became a hero and somehow symbolized the redemption of the people against the Italian state seen as invaders. Even today in Sardinia there are several independence parties .

 

 

 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: John Henry Vocals, Riffs and Ending Oct 26, 2013

@Corey...thanks for the lesson and for sharing with us the touching story of John Henry. I didn't know much about it. I'm italian..It's not part of my culture. and his story is so present, expecially in this period of deep economic crise which reminds me the great depression of 19th century...I think that as human beings we have made some steps forward, but we often fall into the same errors. The example of John Henry is an example of great sacrifice and generosity and needs to be remembered. It 's true that it is a legend, but in every legend there is a grain of truth. This example of self-sacrifice to defend their workplace with a peaceful method is something that certainly needs to be remembered and be part of the memory not only of African Americans, but all of us.

So thanks for teaching us this song, but even more thank you for telling us about John Henry! I found this cartoon. I think it's still nice. I don't know if this is the best example but it's quite an easy view for everybody!

Ciao 

Alex

 
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