Son House - Death Letter Blues

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Son House - Death Letter Blues

Postby bluzeluvr » Tue May 23, 2006 8:06 pm

One of my all time favorites. Watching this leaves me in awe. So powerful. So damn good. Just love to watch him snap that string and slap that thang. Some great closeups. Enjoy :!:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y6xXQCbVtGc& ... on%20House
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Postby zhyla » Tue May 23, 2006 8:45 pm

Oh hell yeah. Funny, I was playing that song this morning before I left for work. Now I have a better idea how bad I was doing :).
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Postby boogiechillun85 » Tue May 23, 2006 9:33 pm

Every time someone posts this I feel the need to watch it four or five times. Good stuff.
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Postby bluzeluvr » Tue May 23, 2006 10:46 pm

boogiechillun85 wrote:Every time someone posts this I feel the need to watch it four or five times. Good stuff.


Yep. That's what I did. Like Lays Potato Chips. One is not enough. :)
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Postby guitarslim101 » Tue May 23, 2006 10:47 pm

This is the video that got me hooked on bare-fingered playing.
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Great Stuff!!

Postby slickcat » Tue May 23, 2006 11:31 pm

Man....just watchin that video makes my hand hurt! He beats that
guit-box. :shock:
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Postby zhyla » Wed May 24, 2006 12:49 am

guitarslim101 wrote:This is the video that got me hooked on bare-fingered playing.


I can't quite tell from the video, is he playing with a thumbpick or a bare thumb? I didn't think thumbpicks were used back then but I'm not sure how he gets that much leverage on that top string.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Wed May 24, 2006 12:53 am

I think he uses the nail on his thumb...at least that's what I try to do.
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Postby ricochet » Wed May 24, 2006 5:50 pm

But thumbpicks certainly were common back in the '30s.
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Postby Andy Twyman » Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:25 pm

Son House is in my top 5 most favorite blues artists and Death Letter blues must be one of the greatest songs of all time. The lyrics are amazing, full of passion. That's a great clip there. ps. Son House usually used his bare thumbs. If i played like him though my thumbs would bleed!
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Postby spud camp » Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:11 pm

It always appeared to me that he used the back (fingernail) of his middle finger on those BIG down strokes, his thumb to pluck that heavy bass note, and his finger tips on the high end notes. I could be wrong, but that is how it always looked to me.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:20 pm

It looks like that to me, as well. It takes a while to get used to playing like that but I like it.
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Postby slidnslim » Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:54 pm

:twisted: Guess I'm the odd ball here! Son House is my all time fav,
but I really got a hard time listening to his later stuff,
I can listen to to the Library of Congress recordings over and
over,just amazing picking,


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Postby gcd revue » Fri Jun 02, 2006 11:21 pm

I guess I'm in the "odd" category, too, then. (Who didn't know THAT?) While his voice was as badass as ever in the later recordings, the decade or so without playing showed some. If only the two could be combined...the experience and soul of the later vocals with the guitar prowess he had in his youth....
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