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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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......Elmore James', and every slide player needs to know how to play his Dust My Broom

Which got me to thinking - what songs and/or licks would you consider essential for the would-be slide player? Little Red Rooster must be high on the list - that progression, or variations thereof, has been used an awful lot.

Vigilante Man - Ry Cooder's version
Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
No Expectations - The Rolling Stones
Love In Vain - The Stone's version is the one I play.....

Those are the ones I tend to practise a lot.....any more "must-learn's" to add to that?

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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(@big-d)
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For electric slide i'd always try & recommend 'Statesboro Blues' from the 'Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East' C.D., or anything recorded live by Duane Allman - he took electric slide to another level :wink:

For acoustic slide i'd take a listen to anything by Mike Dowling or the late & much-missed Sam Mitchell - again, beautiful and easily accessible music :) .

Slide On!

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(@ricochet)
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Hoochee Coochee Man

Mannish Boy

Walking Blues and its many derivatives

Sitting On Top Of The World/Come On In My Kitchen/It Hurts Me Too/You Gotta Move, etc.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


   
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(@gnease)
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Rollin and Tumblin

Yep -- Check R.L. Burnside's version

-=tension & release=-


   
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(@ricochet)
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R.L. Burnside uses that tune a lot.

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(@citizennoir)
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I'll go with Rollin' & Tumblin'.

I like Canned Heat's version.
Or, of course Muddy's version.

Hubert Sumlin cops the Rollin' & Tumblin' lick for a Howlin' Wolf song.
Sorry: don't remember which one.
And I have no Wolf here. :(

And there is a similarity between the R&T main riff and Neil Young's 'Solo' on 'Cinnamon Girl'.

Worth learning.

And Jeremy Spencer did a real nice 'You Gotta Move' back in the Peter Green era Mac.
That's a great song. :D

My favorite Robert Johnson song is 'Hellhound On My Trail'.
Even if you can't learn the whole song... Anything you can get out of it will be priceless.
And it's in Em tuning.
Which means that a lot of what he's doing can be done on a standard tuned guitar.

Ken

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begins to live more simply without"
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(@gnease)
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R.L. Burnside uses that tune a lot.

used

The version of his I like is the dance remix on 'Come on In.'

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(@ricochet)
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Yeah, I like that remix, I'm not one of the purists who got offended by that stuff. I of course know R.L.'s passed on, but as long as we've got his recordings, I can still think of it in terms of "he uses that one a lot."

The original song that I think was called something like Farewell Blues that had the lines in it:

The engineer blew the whistle,
And the fireman, he rang the bell,

The engineer blew the whistle,
And the fireman, he rang the bell,

I didn't have time
To tell my baby fare-thee-well.

...was done to the Rollin' and Tumblin' melody, and got sampled and used in other things, like It's Bad, You Know.

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(@gnease)
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I don't think RLB had/has :wink: a lot of musical range; but that sampled version was inspired production. Those who hate it are probably the same ones that lambaste the Blues Brother for mainstreaming blues with those "hack" musicians Cropper and Dunn.

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(@citizennoir)
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I agree.

Love RL's "It's Bad, You Know".

Wish I could do something like that.

Or Moby.

Who knows....
Maybe I can.
Wont know til I get some recording capabilities :wink:

Ken

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begins to live more simply without"
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(@ricochet)
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They say R.L. hated the remixes when he first heard them. Liked the checks when they started coming in, though. :D

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(@tinsmith)
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Don't forget about Leo Kottke & his tune, "Vaseline Machine Gun."

Definately a must play sometime during your career.

A good starter to learn basic control & still have it sound good.


   
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