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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2005-10-11T21:30:16+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=11&t=1049 2005-10-11T21:30:16+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1049&p=11201#p11201 <![CDATA[RE: Playing with guitarists who tune down]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:30 pm


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2005-10-11T21:19:45+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1049&p=11200#p11200 <![CDATA[RE: Playing with guitarists who tune down]]> >harder to play in is 'cuz,DUH, we don't play in 'em that
>often. Some of these less common keys are actually easier to
>play in, from a physical standpoint, i.e. any key that has
>alotta black keys in it. IMO,jammers seem to play in
>different keys than veteran pro giggers,although they share
>a coupla favorites.

Right on. Although I don't really know what beginning piano players (are these the "jammers"?) play in most of the time -- would that be Eb, F, Bb? The good thing about a lot of the keys is that there are amazing piano solos in *every* key (except F# or maybe B). But there not being much in the way of listening material for those uncommon keys, it puts a crimp in my bag of tricks for those particular keys.

I guess the problem for me is that I can't stand not being able to play *excellent* solos in F#, for example.

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2005-10-11T16:38:28+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1049&p=11199#p11199 <![CDATA[RE: Playing with guitarists who tune down]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Tue Oct 11, 2005 4:38 pm


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2005-10-11T16:28:11+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1049&p=11198#p11198 <![CDATA[RE: Playing with guitarists who tune down]]>
The main benefit was from transcribing pieces written in the less common keys. So I learned James Booker's solo and accompaniment on "Goodnight Irene" (from the "King of the New Orleans Keyboard" CD -- it's a German live set which includes a real grand tribute to Ray Charles which I'd be willing to share with whoever wants it, although I don't want to get the board in trouble by talking about bittorrent and all that). It's in Db and there's a s-load that can be done in that key. Also, Ron Levy's piano on "Thrill Is Gone" from Cook Co. -- he showed me that you *can* absolutely slide in the key of B.

But what do people who play real pianos -- Rhodes (my favorite -- great blues instrument) Wurlitzer, Hammond, acoustic piano do when you have to play legit? Also the other problem is that I'll often forget I have the transpose button on when using synths. I haven't touched the button in a few years, but maybe somebody has some new ideas on how to really fly in these keys, and not just wait until a comfortable key comes along to play at the max.

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2005-09-03T01:13:19+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1049&p=11197#p11197 <![CDATA[RE: Playing with guitarists who tune down]]> >livin' room,occasionally- but, I hope Doc doesn't see that
>post...in a previous thread,he responded very negatively to
>the idea of using digital transposition.

Well there's always a purist to make things debatable. So be it. But for that rare occasion I may need to solo in F# or B for that matter (depending on the tune) I will gladly press the button. Unless the person paying me says otherwise.




Later,it's time to make some music
dblues

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2005-09-02T12:24:46+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1049&p=11196#p11196 <![CDATA[RE: Playing with guitarists who tune down]]>
One of the problems for me is that I like to have tunes as the basis for getting really comfortable with the keys. For every key *except* for F#, I can think of at least a couple of awesome blues piano examples that keeps me grounded. F#? I think George Jones's "If Drinking Don't Kill Me" is in that key, at least it sounds that way on the record, but what else?

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2005-09-02T11:08:11+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1049&p=11195#p11195 <![CDATA[RE: Playing with guitarists who tune down]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:08 am


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Later,it's time to make some music
dblues

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2005-09-01T17:50:41+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1049&p=11193#p11193 <![CDATA[RE: Playing with guitarists who tune down]]> Statistics: Posted by fred — Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:50 pm


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2005-09-01T15:01:10+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1049&p=11192#p11192 <![CDATA[RE: Playing with guitarists who tune down]]> Statistics: Posted by j_tour1 — Thu Sep 01, 2005 3:01 pm


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