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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2011-02-05T16:32:11+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=6&t=9752 2011-02-05T16:32:11+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9752&p=108964#p108964 <![CDATA[Re: How to play Son House]]>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jN5vqEyV7g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdgrQoZHnNY

he certainly had a style, whacking the guitar like that! Some of the arm-swinging is showmanship, I think, rather than "playing hard." The notes are easy enough to folow either in open G or standard, but relaying that emotion is nigh on impossible. Rory Block does an interesting job of it, but her sound is still that of a middle-class white girl from NY (says the middle class white boy from NY). We can work on the achieving the sound of the masters, but I don't think we can replicate it until we've led the lives they did.

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2011-02-04T04:55:46+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9752&p=108957#p108957 <![CDATA[Re: How to play Son House]]>
Know I am coming in late here, but this thread was relevant to another one I was looking at earlier regarding Son House. Here is the link I posted to his Grooveshark playlist. There are about 6 or 7 songs on there some of which seem like they could be learned by ear with a little bit of time. I got nothing on tabs here, but I have been listening to Son House for the past hour looking for samples so here is what I am listening to:

http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/artist/Son+House/vbs/24328?src=5

Statistics: Posted by HipHopBlues — Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:55 am


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2010-01-12T07:30:51+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9752&p=101517#p101517 <![CDATA[Re: How to play Son House]]> You could look here on page 2 for the tab http://bluestab.skyrock.com/

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2009-09-06T23:48:02+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9752&p=98494#p98494 <![CDATA[Re: How to play Son House]]>
spanoghe wrote:
Especially his right hand - the cross-rhythms came from flipping his wrist, almost like a flamenco player.


Your left hand is what you know, your right hand is who you are.

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2009-09-06T23:39:19+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9752&p=98493#p98493 <![CDATA[Re: How to play Son House]]>
Even though House played it in open Open G you can also play it in standard tuning pretty easily. You can use your left thumb (assuming you are right handed) on the low end to help get that disonant sound someone mentioned. Comes in handy when ya only got one guitar in standard tuning with ya and are too lazy to retune it.

The key to Son House is that while Charlie Patton was a musician, House was a field hand. He all raw emotion and power. And unfortunately, that ain't something you are going to get from book learning. About the closest I ever came was back home in Mississippi when I got invited to sit in a bit with the choir at the church which was right behind my house during Wednesday night practices. Playing those Jubilee songs that were as old as the singers most remote ancestors in that building gave me something I had never felt before. Been trying to recapture it ever since.

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2009-07-30T19:15:56+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9752&p=97283#p97283 <![CDATA[Re: How to play Son House]]> Statistics: Posted by mmapags — Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:15 pm


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2009-05-11T13:35:31+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9752&p=94581#p94581 <![CDATA[Re: How to play Son House]]>
spanoghe wrote:
Especially his right hand - the cross-rhythms came from flipping his wrist, almost like a flamenco player.

The biggest influence on my right hand technique these days is a guy from the Andes who plays the charango out of TX. Transcendental style.

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2009-05-10T16:36:19+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9752&p=94558#p94558 <![CDATA[Re: How to play Son House]]>
I play a version of Death Letter I heard on another recording of his, however, where he plays the song at the fifth fret, dropping down to open for the turn-around (sorry, I'm afraid I'm no good at doing tabs).

When I saw Son House - in '71, I think it was - yes, he played hard, but very relaxed at the same time. Especially his right hand - the cross-rhythms came from flipping his wrist, almost like a flamenco player. I was watching like a hawk! He's been a big influence on me and I play his and Kokomo Arnold's stuff pretty hard - I use 13 down to 58 strings and have been known to chip varnish off my guitar under the bottom string. :D

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2009-04-24T01:41:02+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9752&p=94028#p94028 <![CDATA[Re: How to play Son House]]> Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:41 am


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2009-04-23T03:51:07+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9752&p=93978#p93978 <![CDATA[Re: How to play Son House]]>
ricochet wrote:
There is a true, integer-ratio interval just exactly between the minor third and major third. It's often called the "blues third" because it's used so much in blues singing and guitar playing with bent notes or slide. More useful in single-note melodic work than in chords.

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