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Hello -New to Big Road Blues

PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:44 am
by slide496
Hello! I am new to this board. I had been playing a little piedmont style off and on over 30 years, but started learning slide mainly for the past couple of years. I was a commercial illustrator and am now retired by the economy in New York. My main interest is in country prewar blues and I am trying to teach myself by going into the styles of Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Furry Lewis and Mississippi Fred McDowell. I started playing on metal body resonators but it wasn't the sound I was looking for at this time. I have a small collection of vintage ladder-braced parlors that I am happy with for slide, nothing collectible or fancy, but a harmony stella, 2 kays, an Oahu, a Harmony-Richter and a Silvertone, strung pb light/xtra light custom mainly. EAch is dedicated tuning. And for finger picking I use an x-braced Gibson Nick Lucas Reissue strung extra light pb - I tried but none of my ladderbraced seem to intonate down the fingerboard and are mainly slide throughout style playing which I love to do. For fingerpicking I am working on When the Levee Breaks as taught by Fred Sokolow, and then I want to go back into Furry Lewis' Stack-o-lee and Mance LIpscomb, if I can manage it. Just ordered Fred Mcdowell's I Do Not Play No Rock and Roll, and I have been working through Tom Feldmann's Mcdowell Lesson since it came out. I may have working instrumental versions of some of that by this Summer.