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Bukka White :" Aberdeen blues" and other

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:42 pm
by petou
Anybody knows how to play this song? (or other Bukka's songs)

RE: Bukka White :

PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 7:47 am
by silenus
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Jan-19-06 AT 02:50 AM (EST)]Petou, I only tab I know of Aberdeen is the one below...
It's Kenny Wayne Sheppard's version, which is a great version.
Think the basic rifs are played in the same way as by Bukka.
http://www.slidingzone.de/SLIDINGZONE/KWS/Aberdeen.html
Enjoy

"If I don't go crazy, I'm gonna lose my mind..." - Son House

RE: Bukka White :

PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:53 pm
by lightninboy
I play a couple of Bukka songs.
Parchman farm and Fixin to die.
Fixin to die is open d tuning with a capo at the 4th fret, making it f#.
I'd tab it for ya, but I don't have the software.
It uses the basic shape I IV V chords for open d, and the riff centre's around the 5th string, on the 3rd and 2nd frets.
Does this help?

RE: Bukka White :" Aberdeen blues" and other

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 5:03 am
by bighollowtwang
>Anybody knows how to play this song? (or other Bukka's
>songs)

Sure, but are you talking about his first recording of it c.1940, or his post-rediscovery version with the guitar slapping over the 1st line of each verse?

The early version is in open E tuning. It's pretty straightforward....but his 60's recordings of it are quite different, he didn't develop his E Minor tuning until after his classic pre-WWII recordings.

Best way to learn the song (at least the 60s version) is to get yourself a copy of this video:

http://www.jurassicdvd.com/catalog/imag ... aWhite.jpg

RE: Bukka White :

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 5:03 am
by bighollowtwang
>Fixin to die is open d tuning with a capo at the 4th fret,
>making it f#.

Fixing To Die was originally played in Spanish (open G) tuning.

RE: Bukka White :

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 7:12 am
by lightninboy
>
>>Fixin to die is open d tuning with a capo at the 4th fret,
>>making it f#.
>
>Fixing To Die was originally played in Spanish (open G)
>tuning.

Oh no it wasn't.
Your wrong!
Its in a Vestapol tuning, key of F#.
Probably open D w/ capo at the 4th.
Along with washboard.

RE: Bukka White :

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:27 am
by bighollowtwang
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Jan-21-06 AT 04:27 AM (EST)]>Oh no it wasn't.
>Your wrong!

Bukka never used a capo - ever. Unless he was playing a 7 string guitar with a low string tuned c# to be hitting the V in the bass (and that's as likely as Bukka playing a Chapman Stick)...there's no way he could have played the song in D tuning because the low string in D tuning is the tonic. If you can't hear him hitting the V in the bass from time to time ---- listen more closely!

RE: Bukka White :

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 4:15 pm
by boogiechillun85
I've gotta go with Zak on this one, it's in open G. I can't comment on the never using a capo thing, but I certainly hear a low D note in there below the root. That tab that floats around on the web that says it's in open D just bothers me.
And I'm glad to hear I'm not crazy, cause I listen to "aberdeen blues" and swear that I hear a bit of a minor chord in it. That really quick hammer on in the main riff. Very cool.
Jim
http://www.soundclick.com/jimnjblues

RE: Bukka White :

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 4:33 pm
by mickeypainless
I personally don't think I'd wanna debate this w/ Zak or Jim anymore than I'd wanna debate electronics or old guns with Ricochet!
I now look fwd to given it a go in G vs. D cuz it sure can't sound any worse than my orig. attempt in D :o

RE: Bukka White :

PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:46 pm
by petou
thank you for your answer.

Bukka White :

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:37 pm
by petou
can you give me your advice for the intro:

(open E tuning)

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