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Anybody know how to play R.L. Burnside's Poor Black Maddie

PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 1:45 am
by muddywolf
Anybody know how to play this song?
What key did R.L. Burnside play the song in?
I've seen a couple of demo videos on youtube but they don't seem authentic.
It seems like its simple but rythmically I believe its somewhat tricky with the bassline and constant pick hand movement.
I've seen a few videos of R.L. playing the song but its hard to see what he's doing.
If anyone can help with a link or video I'd appreciate it.
Thanks

Re: Anybody know how to play R.L. Burnside's Poor Black Maddie

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 12:18 am
by muddywolf
I found these on YouTube but still cant figure out the rythm how he does it.

Acoustic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8Rtayjq ... re=related

Live Electric as an older man but still kickin ass:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12cgEQST ... re=related

He's like palm muting or scratching the chords and then blending the bass notes in with it.
Its beautiful rythm playing.
Simple yet complicated all at once.
I'll keep trying.

Re: Anybody know how to play R.L. Burnside's Poor Black Maddie

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 1:45 am
by ricochet
R.L.'s stuff isn't that easy.

Re: Anybody know how to play R.L. Burnside's Poor Black Maddie

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 3:56 am
by goldbrick
Like with John Lee Hooker-RL was a rhythm master of the trance groove.

Sounds like an open G vamp to me but then again I'm a drummer