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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-04-09T00:14:08+00:00 2006-04-09T00:14:08+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Turnarounds in Open D]]>
"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:14 am

2006-04-08T20:41:55+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Turnarounds in Open D]]> >remember the first time I got really frustrated because I
>couldn't find any Fred Mcdowell tabs. So I sat down and
>figured out "write me a few of your lines." I thought I was
>the greatest musician in the world that day.. lol..

I remember the first time I ever "figured" something out. I thought, Oh, I've got this thing figured out now. Well, I still don't, but it was a good feeling. I've even figured out a few more here and there. Not as many as I wish, but it's still a shot to the ego when you do it.

Statistics: Posted by todd — Sat Apr 08, 2006 8:41 pm

2006-03-18T05:09:06+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Turnarounds in Open D]]> only that. Every Halloween I play in a Misfits tribute band and it's both fun and funny, but I can't imagine doing just that - I'd go nuts.

Statistics: Posted by bighollowtwang — Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:09 am

2006-03-18T03:19:00+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Turnarounds in Open D]]>
So tell me this Zak.... My sons have a punk band called "Freedom Sons" and after their first real gig they were told they can't come back cuz they "encourage a way to rowdy crowd"! They inform me that that was the ULTIMATE compliment!
I'm not into their kinda music but I stand by them and support em in any way I can cuz just cuz it ain't my thang, it's still music and they work their ass's off! They're both purdy versatile and both have a distant interest in da blues so who knows where they'll go from here?!?!? It's all good!

Statistics: Posted by mickeypainless — Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:19 am

2006-03-17T05:43:12+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Turnarounds in Open D]]> >BTW Zak, how long ya been playing?

I started playing guitar in the summer of 1984, when I bought my first one at a garage sale for $5 shortly after my 13th birthday. I spent the next four years or so happily banging away at powerchords in punk rock bands and didn't really get serious about music until I had gotten myself kicked out of high school at 17 and was in the middle of a coast-to-frozen-coast tour with a punk rock band starving my ass off, siphoning gas, and doing a dine-and-dash at truckstops and diners all across the nation in a van that had a leaky exhaust and floorboards you could see the highway through. After that...I started taking what I was doing much more seriously.

I tried learning some country blues when I was in my late teens, but got discouraged and sorta gave up and pursued other styles. I kept listening, though. The acoustic material that's up on my soundclick page...I've only been playing that style of music since I joined this board. I hadn't played acoustic guitar in about 10 years before I joined this forum.

Statistics: Posted by bighollowtwang — Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:43 am

2006-03-17T04:45:09+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Turnarounds in Open D]]> Jim

Statistics: Posted by boogiechillun85 — Fri Mar 17, 2006 4:45 am

2006-03-17T03:55:07+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Turnarounds in Open D]]> BTW Zak, how long ya been playing? You are the type of player I admire in that it seems very natural to you! I still "Think" about it to much at this point!

Statistics: Posted by mickeypainless — Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:55 am

2006-03-17T03:46:29+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Turnarounds in Open D]]> >Can anyone help me out with some fairly simple (I'm a bit of
>a novice) turnarounds for slide in open D.

The easiest and most obvious is arpegiating the F# and high A string (that would be G and B in standard) whith your index finger while playing descending notes on the (low) A (A in standard) with your thumb: 3d fret, 2d fret, 1st fret, open string, with a triplet rhythm: thumb-index-index, thumb-index-index, thumb-index-index, thumb-index-index, resolving to a V (A7 in D tuning) chord.

Then try doublind the descending notes on another string: the F# (G in standard) or the high A (B in standard).

Then try the same notes ascending instead of descending.

There are endless variations on this, from the basic Elmore James lick to Blind Blake's piano-like turnarounds on the rare tunes where he plays in D tuning.

If you need tab to get by, you're cheating yourself out of an understanding of what you're doing. You can use tab and learn to parrot someone's finger positions, or you can train your ear to hear what's going on and figure it out yourself from the recordings and gain a true understanding of how to play something. I know, I want instant gratification without making an effort, but you're just cheating yourself out of one of the most rewarding aspects of playing music.

Statistics: Posted by bighollowtwang — Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:46 am

2006-03-17T02:40:49+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Turnarounds in Open D]]> I've used the stuff to clean brass and the posts on a car battery!

Statistics: Posted by mickeypainless — Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:40 am

2006-03-17T01:35:46+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Turnarounds in Open D]]>
"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:35 am