"I have listened\watched several of Davis's pieces and agree that he does experiment a lot within his pieces. But he completely keeps rooted in the theme of the piece. He never wanders outside the range, rhythm, chord scheme. He plays around…"
"Using your thumb is the traditional way to play an F bass note in an F chord when playing country blues. You will find that it will allow you greater manuverability and speed when you need it. Using a barre helps me in a pinch when I simply…"
Well, Donna. Looks like me neither, but for a good reason. Becoming a grandad for the first time in May, and will be making a few trips to Idaho this spring and summer. Sorry we won't get a chance to pick this year. Maybe next?
Thanks Donna. I might have an old tab around if you're interested. I could spiff it up rather quickly I believe. Each time through the song though, it does change a bit, from day to day, week to week, decade to decade. Your comment really warmed me. Thanks.
You asked if I arranged Creole Belle. I guess. I've tried to learn it just like MJH, and then I heard Taj Mahal play it with a verse about living in the country. Then I played it 40 years, and it comes out a little different than originally intended. But I like it. It relaxes me when I play it and brings back many memories.
Thanks for the props on Hard Times. I've listened to alot of versions, and they all influenced mine.
Check out the Atlantic Sessions with the McGarigle Siters and Emmy Lou. Steve Baugham has a great version on his frailling guitar site.
I wouldn't so much call it arranging as playing it for 40 years and unknowingly gently drift away from my original attempt to play it exactly like John Hurt. (That goal which was never really attained.) Taj Mahal does a version where he added a verse about living in the country I thought was cool, but I couldn't find it recorded anywhere so I made up my own, which I love to sing. The Taco Bell verse was irreverently added by my old music partner from the 70's in Colorado, Scott Bennett, which now and then I still tag on if I'm feeling feisty. So no I didn't arrange it, but it is my arrangement.