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Martin Scorsese'sThe Blues

I don't know if anyone happened to catch this last night on PBS. It wasn't bad. They had a good amount on Son House and some Robert Johnson.

Wondering what people thought and any insight to learning to play that style of blues? Tips, site's to check out, etc.
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9/30/2003 1:22 PM

Diana Dunty (158) wrote:

I was especially impressed with J. B. Lenoir. Up till now, I never heard of him. Amazing musician and artist!

Can anyone tell me what kind of guitar he was playing?

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9/30/2003 1:34 PM

Bill North (12505) wrote:

Looked like an Epiphone to me.

What strikes me about the first two episodes is that the early stuff was almost always a one man act.

A most excellent show.

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9/30/2003 1:35 PM

JIM BRUNELLE (2118) wrote:

I saw the film..It looked like a gibson...or a martin..head stock feaured a gibson..i looked again..it was on another pbs.org channel..



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9/30/2003 2:13 PM

Bill North (12505) wrote:

Jim the script on the headstock was too long for either of those.



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9/30/2003 11:18 PM

JIM BRUNELLE (2118) wrote:

Hi Bill you wer right.come to think of it it wasn.t jb lenior guitar..like someelse said could have been a epiphone or a stromberg..was watching tonight great show,iwas sitting down with my gidon and following the music..like trying to remeber what they were fingering,,good try thou..anyway thanks for correcting me..the eye sight isn,t as good..se yah...jimb47

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9/30/2003 3:05 PM

Jim Burger (4613) wrote:

Did you guys notice that they had Skip James playing what was clearly a 12-string guitar, but strung with only 6 strings? I wonder if they did some research and found that was what he really used when recording.

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10/1/2003 7:40 AM

Diana Dunty (158) wrote:

Yes, I saw that also...

I was wondering if it was harder to find guitar strings back in those days, or maybe Skip James didn't have enough money to buy all 12 strings, or he just liked playing 6 strings better than 12?

I hope that they really did some research on this documentary. I would hate to think we are watching something thrown together with just artistic license and no research...

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10/1/2003 8:41 AM

Rex Jones (12455) wrote:

Back in my early years when I was into Folk music etc,
I had a 12 string that I strung with only 6.
You end up with a nice wide neck thats easy to finger pick.
Later on I would string it with 9 strings, the other three in on the treble side because it sounded nice and fat that way.
Uncle Rex

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10/1/2003 1:02 PM

Jim Burger (4613) wrote:

You're in select company! Big Joe Williams (the originator of "Baby Please Don't Go") was known for playing a 9-string guitar, although I'm not sure if it was a 12-string strung like you did it, or if it was something he made himself.

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10/1/2003 1:33 PM

Rex Jones (12455) wrote:

Jim,
You know that old joke about,
"How long does it take to tune a 12 string"

Answer...
Nobody knows :-)
Uncle Rex

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10/1/2003 5:48 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

JIM SPEAKS!!

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10/3/2003 1:49 AM

Jim Burger (4613) wrote:

Interesting you should respond that way, Chris. I have to admit, I've been pretty negligent about contributing to the WN community these days (actually, for at least 2 years now, since my first child was born). But when I was watching the blues documentary, it really touched me, and I was thinking, "Wow, I really want to talk to someone about this! Who is out there that can really understand whatever emotions I'm feeling while watching this?" And I just felt a compelling need to come to WN and see what folks were saying and post about it, because it's the only place I know where I would find others who would be able to identify with my feelings on this or, even if they don't exactly "identify" with them, at least interact meaningfully with regard to them.

I'm afraid given my current family and work obligations, that I still won't be real active around here for a while, but it's a good feeling to know that I can come back and hang when the feeling hits me. My wife is the greatest person in the world, but she would get bored real quick if I started talking about how Skip James was playing a 12-string with only 6 strings on it...

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10/3/2003 5:17 AM

Rex Jones (12455) wrote:

Well nice to have you back again Jim.
Uncle Rex

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10/3/2003 7:34 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

Well, it's good to hear from you. I am glad to see that things are going so well. It is good to have a strong sense of family.

Having just lost my father who passed unexpectedly on September 3, has put a lot of things into perspective. No matter what else we aspire or achieve, family is all there is in the end. And every day that we have with our loved ones is a blessing.

Good luck to you, and may you always be blessed.

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