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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-08-21T14:02:49+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=11&t=1032 2006-08-21T14:02:49+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1032&p=37775#p37775 <![CDATA[Got Da Fever!!]]> Statistics: Posted by outstretchedarm — Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:02 pm


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2006-08-13T04:26:54+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1032&p=37160#p37160 <![CDATA[Got Da Fever!!]]>
" It ain't the ax. It's the player... " - Clay Cotton

i've played boogie woogie blues piano since 1956, and i began my pro career with musselshite in 1968.

to hear for yourself, check out my playing at http://www.cdbaby.com/claycotton

then google:

clay cotton blues piano

for those who want to play blues piano, i can help. here's how i started (i'll make this a set of directions, & i'll do it in sections with the very basic techniques first, then adding more challenging techniques as you master each step/section):

today = step 1 = the 135 walking bass:

1. left hand (lh): in 4/4 time on every downbeat, strike the tones of the c major diatonic scale 1-3-5-3 (the 'white keys' for this pattern are c-e-g-e and these actually are the 3 tones of the c major chord).

use the little finger, middle finger & thumb, and begin on the c 3 octaves below middle c

we'll call this 135 walking bass.

do it over & over & over in meter without anything in in the right hand until ur bored stiff then do it again twice as long

step 2 = the 12-bar blues progression

step 3 = 12-bar progression variations + buy my cd at http://www.cdbaby.com/claycotton
step 4 = add simple right hand (rh) major chords
step 5 = full walking bass patterns (then with simple rh chords)
step 6 = 135 octave bass (then with simple rh major chords)
step 7 = full octave bass patterns (then with simple rh major chords)
step 8 = in the mood rh

these techiques should be sufficient to occupy the serious practitioner for quite some time, after which we'll expand into

- 6th, 7th & 9th chords in several inversions
- some basic licks / riffs

by then i'll know who's serious & whether it's worth the effort to continue the series, ok?

/clay

Statistics: Posted by claycotton — Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:26 am


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2006-06-12T17:03:57+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1032&p=31725#p31725 <![CDATA[Got Da Fever!!]]> Told you I was wired wrong!! gezz!! Ive never felt like a Jerry Lewis kid!! as I did workin on dat , 1/2 note whole note,thing!! But if I just play and not think about it I can do it!!! but to sit and do it on purpose!! man,dat will make your heead hurt!!

Statistics: Posted by 601blues — Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:03 pm


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2006-06-12T16:35:00+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1032&p=31722#p31722 <![CDATA[Got Da Fever!!]]> Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:35 pm


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2006-06-12T15:31:59+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1032&p=31715#p31715 <![CDATA[Got Da Fever!!]]> Man!! I don't think muh left brain controls muh left Hand!! I think Iam cross wired!!! All sunday 1/2 notes left hand ,whole notes right Hand!! at da same time Gezz!!

Statistics: Posted by 601blues — Mon Jun 12, 2006 3:31 pm


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2006-04-26T16:03:25+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1032&p=11126#p11126 <![CDATA[RE: Got Da Fever!!]]> >learning how to say it in another language. Si?

Si, senorita.


"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Wed Apr 26, 2006 4:03 pm


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2006-04-26T14:49:25+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1032&p=11125#p11125 <![CDATA[RE: Got Da Fever!!]]> Statistics: Posted by 601blues — Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:49 pm


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2006-04-26T14:18:28+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1032&p=11124#p11124 <![CDATA[RE: Got Da Fever!!]]>
I admire you both for being beginners again. A lot of people will not do that. To me, it's just one more language. You already know how to speak and express yourself you're just learning how to say it in another language. Si?

Statistics: Posted by lorilu — Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:18 pm


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2006-04-25T18:01:36+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1032&p=11123#p11123 <![CDATA[RE: Got Da Fever!!]]> Statistics: Posted by 601blues — Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:01 pm


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2006-04-25T17:07:50+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1032&p=11122#p11122 <![CDATA[RE: Got Da Fever!!]]>
"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:07 pm


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