Harry Roullier

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Frankie and Johnny Bass and Endings Apr 24, 2016

I see what you mean about the foot! I was not even aware. Looks like my foot is getting confused with my fingers instead of with my thumb. Think I will break out my wood thing so i CAN HEAR MY FOOT  TAP with the bass strings

THANK YOU

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Bright Lights, Big City Intro and Basic Rhythm Apr 20, 2016

Hi Corey:

 I posted a video on Frankie and Johnny Bass and endings, Hope you can look at it when you get time.

Thank you

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 25, 2016

Will do...thanks for posting.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Frankie and Johnny Bass and Endings Apr 09, 2016

Download finally worked properly, I need a new computer

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Frankie and Johnny Bass and Endings Apr 09, 2016

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Apr 09, 2016

Download finally worked properly, I need a new computer

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 24, 2016

Nice work Harry.  I can see that you have a good handle on the licks.  I see that you are tapping your foot and that is good but I don't get a sense that you know where the 'one' / downbeat is yet, as I see you stomping your foot on the upbeat intermittently.  Try finding the donwbeat by listening to the track again.  It is right where I say 'Frankie' in the first vocal line of the song, or whenever the low bass note is picked out.  This will give the song a little more swing.  Try it and see how it goes.  Thanks for posting.  Honor.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Frankie and Johnny Main Section Breakdown Apr 07, 2016

it's going well. a couple of minor spots I might double tap a bass line. real close to getting it. Now focusing on the break part. I gave up on this one a long time a go. you have a bass player on the cut I heard, I just thought he was doing the line I couldn't figure out using the open A string. I was trying to play it inOpen E and went nuts trying to figure out the bass line!

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Frankie and Johnny Main Section Breakdown Mar 21, 2016

I love this song. Now I know why I got stuck, your playing E in an open A!

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 06, 2016

Yes...you got it.  How is it going so far?

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: I Can't Be Satisfied Bass Line and Slide Melody Aug 07, 2015

Another great classic. In one of my favorite tunings!

Thank You

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Dry Spell Blues Run-Through and Main Riff Jun 26, 2015

I have found if you have a loose slide, get some "mole skin " and line your slide wih it.... hope this helps

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Dry Spell Blues Main Riff Practice Loop and Variations Jun 25, 2015

Thanks for the kind words Corey. Yes my foot runs amuck a few times, also noticed myself doing something with the slide I was unaware of. I learn a lot just playing the videos back....Notice all kinds of things your unaware of when playing.

Thanks again

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Dry Spell Blues Main Riff Practice Loop and Variations Jun 21, 2015

 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jun 21, 2015

Hi Harry --- you sound great!  I love the foot-tapping too --- really makes the groove.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 24, 2015

Nice job.  You have a nice touch on the guitar and the tone really comes through.  You have the basic riff down so just practice the rhythm as it seemed that a few times your foot was slightly out of time.  Good job.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Jun 25, 2015

Thanks for the kind words Corey. Yes my foot runs amuck a few times, also noticed myself doing something with the slide I was unaware of. I learn a lot just playing the videos back....Notice all kinds of things your unaware of when playing.

Thanks again

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jul 04, 2015

Sounds good Harry.  Nice and simple.  I would only say to play just a little bit more behind the beat.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Dry Spell Blues Run-Through and Main Riff Jun 13, 2015

it was you that turned me on to open A on the streets of New Orleans, I thought you were in G but it sounded different... thats when it all made sense....The tension does give more volume. Open d has a deep soul sound to it.... but once again I think more volume in open E from the tension.

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 13, 2015

Thanks Harry I am honored.  When I play in open G or D is feels way too slack now for me.  

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Dry Spell Blues Run-Through and Main Riff Jun 12, 2015

I look forward to working on this. I love open A, Been working on Berry Owens lately. Keep up the good work.

Thank you

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 13, 2015

I give thanks Harry.  Since I discovered open A, I never look back! lol  Keep playing and enjoy.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Lynch Blues Middle Section and Endings Dec 19, 2014

I'm loving this tune...Looks like I need to get the CD!

 

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Preaching Blues Main Riff Oct 29, 2014

I think there is a misprint on the tab. On the riff after the 12th fret it shows going from an open E to the 4th fret..... I think,,, That it should be to the 3rd fret. It could be why it sounds funny when I play it... or it could be me. Thank you

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 10, 2014

Hi Harry --- you make a great point and this one was a tricky one for us.  

Corey's actually playing a moving tone between the 3rd and 4th fret.  It's both the location and how he slides it that gets the right feel.  We tabbed in a /4 because he's beyond the 3rd fret --- but it's really a judgement call on how best to represent it.  I guess we can also use a 3/.  

For Corey's slide work, the best thing to do is to loop passages at either 50% or 75% speed and really listen to the pitch, tone and phrasing of the slide.  There's just so much that Corey's doing to make it sound so beautiful --- and careful listening, followed by linking what you hear in your mind to your slide is the best path to be on.

Thanks for bringing this up and I hope the explanation helps.

JD Krooks Crouhy
JD Krooks Crouhy Oct 19, 2015

HI Harry Mike's right. It's hard to tab because the Third in blues is beetwin the minor third and the major third. If you stop to the third fret it's to minor (although sometimesit's OK) and if you go to 4th fret is to Major (althought sometimes it's OK) to. But unfortunatly it's hard to tab all the quarter tone variation. Corey use all of them (minor, between and major) so you have to listen carefully to his variation. That the power of the slide although you can also do quater bend... Hope it helps JD

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Boxed Up First Chorus Breakdown Oct 17, 2014

Glad to have you here

 

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 20, 2014

Thanks Harry, I'm glad to be here...! Hope you dig this. 

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Baby Please Don't Go Slide Dynamics & Singing Oct 15, 2014

Thank you Corey. Now I have a grip on the alternating bass it's time to saturate my brain and hope my thumb goes on auto pilot. So... Diddy wah Ditty, John Henry, Jack of diamonds, and I have also started on Take me back..... I have my work cut out for me. Lets hope it works,  Thanks again.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Preaching Blues Singing and Review Oct 15, 2014

Thank you Corey. I noticed the note on the 12th fret sounded wrong. I looked back on the videos and found you were playing it over the 12th and I was sliding up. That fixed that part. The second lick on the tab shows I should go from an open E and slide up to the fourth fret. Is that where I should be or am I going a little too far up when I play... I am note sure on this part.

Thank you again

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Preaching Blues Singing and Review Oct 09, 2014

Thank you Steven.

I am still not happy with the song and can pick it apart, but its a start. The only time it seems to distort now is using the national with thumb pick really picks up the volume. I am thinking of trying a wind sock or using some foam or something. I can't really turn the guitar as then I won't be facing the camera. Thanks for the feed back.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: John Henry Breakdown "Train" Section & Review Oct 07, 2014


It's a start.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 08, 2014

You have a nice tone on the slide.  I would suggest that you focus on your alternating bass.  We are aiming for a steady bass that doesn't drop out or lose time.  It might help you to keep time with your foot as you play.  Or you may want to practice with a metronome to help your tempo and rhythm.  Thanks for posting.

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier commented on: Preaching Blues Singing and Review Oct 05, 2014

The distortion got better just by changing the distance from the camera...simple fix. The volume is still all the way down, still a little distortion but much better. Now if I can just play better all will be good.

Steven
Steven Oct 08, 2014

nice playing, Mr. Roullier. have you tried angling the guitar from the pc's mic/camera? so its not a direct onslaught of sound?  maybe put a blanket near the computer or something to help dampen a bit might help? i dont know. just in case you didnt think of it. good luck!

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 14, 2014

Greetings Harry.  You have a nice tone on the slide and the rhythm is pretty solid.  I would suggest that you pay closer attention to the notes coming from the slide.  Sometimes it sounds like there is a major note in the second sliding motion (down the neck, first one is up near 12th fret).  This song should be only pentatonic / dominant notes.  One major note will throw it off.   You have a good feel for the licks and their placement.  I think now you should put more work into your thumb because it seems like your fingers are doing more of the work.  You only need a steady bass to ground everything.  So slow everything down and listen for where the bass is there...work out what you will do with your thumb.  You have made a lot of progress.  Keep it up.

 
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