Tips, Techniques, Examples about my favorite musical instrument, the Twelve-String Guitar.

If you play guitar check out Playing Technique, or Strings / Setup. There are also some interesting posts about guitars at, you guessed it, Guitars.

If you want to spread your musical talents around, you will find some good info at Recording.

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I've made some music videos through the years, and you can find them and other interesting music at Music I Like, Music I Play.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

More Lightnin'

I think a Lightnin' Hopkins album was the first blues record I ever purchased. The collection of songs, unavailable now, remains one of the strongest blues statements I have ever heard. I must admit to stealing a lot of the licks in those songs.

This summer I found a 5 CD set of his Dallas recordings from 1946 to 1952. Most of the tunes from that old album were in this set, and it's been enjoyable listening to these pieces again. He is a powerful artist and poet. Some of his pieces send chills down my spine: Mr. Tom Moore's Farm and Penitentiary Blues in particular.

I've been working on some classical type pieces incorporating some of his themes. Below is the score of the exposition of a fugue based on Short Haired Woman.

The fugue, a work in progress, is posted at soundclick. Check it out. Then consider listening to some more of the original master. It will do your soul good.

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