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#2956108 - 11/02/18 02:09 PM Favorite Blues Licks
EmptinesOf Youth Offline
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Hey! Been about 11 years since I've been on here and mostly wanted to say hey. It's crazy how many names I still recognize, but I hope everyone is doing well! smile

I have been trying to better my blues skills and was just curious if any others had favorite licks they enjoy playing. Came across the below one ( i think from zeppelins version of I can't quit you baby) which I like ending at the bend on the high E and switching to a walk down the BB box.



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#2956167 - 11/03/18 04:34 AM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: EmptinesOf Youth]
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HEY, too... wink

Welcome back. Now, I can't post any notation( or clips either)

But a blues "lick" I've often used over the years can be heard in this CHRIS SMITHER tune...

https://youtu.be/N1f8bh0PYXs


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Edited by whitefang (11/03/18 04:38 AM)
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#2956187 - 11/03/18 08:22 AM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: whitefang]
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I've heard The Cream doing Crossroads a few times in the last few days, and there is a lick in Clapton's solos that he repeats in different places during both of them, and again at the ending. Anybody know the one I'm talking about?
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#2956358 - 11/04/18 02:26 PM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: picker]
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Picker, help us by telling which recording (y'mean the WOF version ?) & maybe timing of example ...?

A great many Clapton licks were quotes from trad blues cats & one of his main sources was Albert King (photos of Cream recording DISRAELI GEARS can be found in this book: Disraeli Gears: Cream by John A. Platt, part of a series detailing the creation of various classic albums published Schirmer Trade Books).

One pic shows Clapton, in studio, pulling an Albert K. LP out onto a record player to study...likely during the recording of what became "Strange Brew". grin
[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4482837-disraeli-gears]
[https://openlibrary.org/publishers/Schirmer_Trade_Books]
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#2956373 - 11/04/18 04:58 PM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: d]
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I don't know of any other version by Cream, but yes it is the WOF version. If you listen to his tail out at the end of the song, you'll hear the one I mean, and then if you go back over the tune, you'll hear he does it several times.
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#2956424 - 11/05/18 02:16 AM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: EmptinesOf Youth]
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Wow, sure has been a few spins around the sun there EOY!
Well it`s not traditional but, this has always been one of my faves.
Actually I`m debating covering it in the near future-there`s a club that`s far from where I am, but the jam nights are good.
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#2956680 - 11/06/18 09:13 AM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: skipclone 1]
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Easy at this distance to forget how hypnotronic Trower could be.
But what's that pic ?
The navel of a jug of milk ? Yin Yang ice cream ?
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As for me, I thought this over & it seems impossible to narrow the field of selections so let me offer a few & you pick the one I like best, OK ?

Hubert Sumlin creates a monster classic riff


Death Letter Blues / Son House


Which led directly to this


The Last Time


Go, Brian, Go !


Albert Collins,w/no FX, just his gtr & amp create the sound of afrozen car ignition switch [2:15~3:10]


John Lennon re-configures Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn


Jimmy Garrison sets up John Coltrane
It's a slow start but at 4:20 he shifts into hyperdrive



Which led directly to this exposition the basic tonic-b3, uh, thang


& later to this moment [2:45+]


Hot---or cold--- on that trail, Lowell George lays out an intro that tells the whole story of the blues in seconds


Here's Mr Duane Allman shifts a lick's range up & [at 4:23 &4:31] ties a musical knot that seems suspiciously like what Billy Preston later turned into the RStones biggest hit ("Miss You")


& here he starts a modern blues classic not just w/a slick lick but precedes that w/a horn-like single note blast that scares me every time I hear it


Yer prolly waitin' for me to shut up so I'll leave you w/ Frank & the Capt's venture into some S.Cali sociology


But also w/the reminder that what seems new often turns out to be where we were before
Henry Thomas invents Canned Heat


Napoleon Strickland's Como Drum Band depict the invention of the blues
This fife riff (& the Bo Diddley beat under it) tells all we need to know

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#2956685 - 11/06/18 10:17 AM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: d]
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I have lots of favorites,but if I had to pick one it would be the intro to Time Is On My Side.

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#2956696 - 11/06/18 11:27 AM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: surfergirl]
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Here is my favorite blues musician and my favorite blues tune

5 String Blues; Roy Buchanan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxU-HWy2tSY

I saw him do this tune live on his first national tour, I went with 2 graduates of Berkley School Of Music, and he stunned us to silence with this one. All we could do on the way home was try and believe what we just saw and heard. No one spoke a word on the 60 mile ride home until the good nights.
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#2956788 - 11/07/18 04:33 AM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: desertbluesman]
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Oh, GAWD!, d....

I HATE to think of "Miss You" as the Stones "biggest hit". sick
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#2956852 - 11/07/18 03:46 PM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: whitefang]
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Wow, thank you for everyone's responses! I am going to listen to these tonight and tomorrow to give them a shot. I will respond asap smile I did get a chance to learn the "time is on my side" intro real quick and also game a listen to Roy Buchanan. Wow!!

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#2956963 - 11/08/18 01:01 PM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: whitefang]
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Originally Posted By: whitefang
Oh, GAWD!, d....

I HATE to think of "Miss You" as the Stones "biggest hit". sick
Whitefang

Yeah, well, I think it outsold "Sadist-faction" rolleyes
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#2957031 - 11/09/18 04:42 AM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: d]
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I never did figure out what that was on the cover of BOS, even after spending more time than I should have looking at it. It`s probably in an art museum somewhere.
I think credit has to be given to James Dewar`s excellent vocals, he also co-wrote a lot of songs. I heard he passed away but, I haven`t been able to find out what happened.
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#2957035 - 11/09/18 04:56 AM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: d]
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Originally Posted By: d
Originally Posted By: whitefang
Oh, GAWD!, d....

I HATE to think of "Miss You" as the Stones "biggest hit". sick
Whitefang

Yeah, well, I think it outsold "Sadist-faction" rolleyes


Well, most here agree that record sales do not great music mean. wink

Just like ticket sales don't indicate a movie's quality. cop
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#2957083 - 11/09/18 09:14 AM Re: Favorite Blues Licks [Re: whitefang]
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True dat but "biggest hit" is not based on quality, either.
"BAILIFF, NEXT CASE !"

FWIW, here's one of the possibilities I left out above.
This is one of the most unlikely blues songs ever
but designed & executed in remarkably precise form
w/ only voice, 2 gtrs & bs---just like a Muddy Waters track from the 1950s !
[Actually there are a couple kb notes during the gtr solo & near the end rolleyes ]

Ry's work throughout is, as usual, a prescient mix of trad & of-the-moment presence..."prescient presence", if you will...
a quality that makes him one of the greatest players in modern pop music
but here I point yer attention to the brief solo (1:35~1:50)
wherein Ry tosses out some particularly convoluted note-knots.



BTW, despite this tune's wackiness, it's been recorded by such stalwarts as Etta James, Lou Rawls, Charlie Musselwhite, Brit Blueser Long John Baldry as well as not-so-traditionalists such as Sam (the Sham) Samudio, Lee Hazlewood & many others...you can find so many covers on YT that it might even be considered a standard in certain bar band cliques ! freak
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