12bar blues shuffles

Discussion in 'Songs in the key of Gretsch' started by MigueldeAlmeida, Apr 24, 2021.

  1. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

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    Apr 10, 2021
    Portimão, Portugal
    Hi there,
    thanks again for having me around,
    I'm learning the blues, only a novice here but striving to get better every day.

    Here are some short 12bar shuffles played on the gretsch and tele.
    I would be extremely grateful if I could have comments and critique in order to improve,
    thank you.

    P.S: all recording done with phone, I hope the sound is fine. But I will happily play them through the focusrite if it's required. All recordings with a looper and one of them with a drumpedal.

    https://soundcloud.com/miguel-santos-627294773/sets/12bar-shuffles
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2021
  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    You sound much better than a novice! Nice playing, thanks for sharing.
     
  3. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

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    Apr 10, 2021
    Portimão, Portugal
    Dr Milktruck, thank you very much but I know there's yet a lot to learn.
    Those are just basic shuffles and riffs over the chords.
     
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  4. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

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    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    I think you sound fine and you seem to have a great attitude. That in itself will take you a long way. So much of playing The Blues is about attitude and feel, keep at it. I think it helps every musician to play with other musicians if you know some others you can play with. Nice work.
     
  5. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

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    Apr 10, 2021
    Portimão, Portugal
    Thank you very much Robbie, and I think you got me there,
    living on a small town is frustratingly difficult to find other blues players. There are some but they´re doing the summer gigs run (when or if possible this year) and it seems hard to reach out to them.
    Specially considering that I don´t have a reportoire or experience. What you heard is what I know, that's it.

    And being 45 years old and deciding to start learning the blues sounds pretty weird around town :D
     
  6. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

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    Very well done, keep up the good work.
     
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  7. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Thank You for sharing, your humbleness is going to assure that you will continue to play well, and get even better.
    Your Gretsch blues C, really captures the Gretsch "bark" and gives respect to the sound we love, it is very well done.
    The other three show your versatility in adaptation of the mood, feeling, and tells the story that you are telling us.

    Nice work, keep it up, I liked all of them.
     
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  8. Jerzey Bob

    Jerzey Bob Synchromatic

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    Apr 3, 2021
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    Smoooth,,, you're good, can't wait to hear you when you soon get great. You have your own sound, chase it.
     
  9. Gregor

    Gregor Synchromatic

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    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Very well done. If you're a novice, can't wait to here you in another year! I love the blues and as Robbie says above "playing The Blues is about attitude and feel". Sounds like you have both already.
     
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  10. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

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    Apr 10, 2021
    Portimão, Portugal
    Thank you Dana, I will

    Thank you Mrfixitmi, you are very kind and I'm glad the Gretsch recording did sound like a Gretsch, means a lot.

    Thank you Jerzey Bob, I guess I'm on the right track. You are very kind.

    Thank you Gregor, for your kindness and positiveness! I just have to keep at it and don't let you down now
     
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  11. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    That’s good work. I think I can learn from you. I’m going to try to copy some of your riffs today. :)
     
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  12. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

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    Thank you Jelly Roll Horton, it's an honour to have inspired you. Just riff over the chord and you'll be fine
     
  13. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

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  14. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

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    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Sounds good. The only advice I would have for learning the blues is to start where we all start by playing along with blues records. Jimmy reed is a great place to start with that. Don’t be in a hurry. Take time to get the feel and the subtleties of it. Then go from there
     
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  15. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

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    Great advice Nick, I will.
    thank you.
     
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  16. michelb

    michelb Synchromatic

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    sound good already, I'd say ur well on track :p
     
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  17. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

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    Apr 10, 2021
    Portimão, Portugal
    thank you @michelb , I do hope so!

    @nickurso , again thank you for the advice, Jimmy Reed's music does sound logical as a way to learn the trade.
    here is my attempt on his classic song Bright Lights Big City

    https://soundcloud.com/miguel-santos-627294773/jimmy-reed-shuffle

    I promise to work on this one and more of his songs, it's really cool and inspiring.
    thank you for listening and comments and critiques are a bonus for me
     
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  18. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

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    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Great job. A lot of people write off Jimmy’s music as simple, especially novice players that are just interested in the big guitar solo. But any serious student of the blues will understand the importance of his music.
    I think Jimmy is a good place to start and let your ears take you from there.
    Also listen to some junior wells. Buddy guy played guitar on a lot of his tracks and the grooves or feel is really good. Check out some magic Sam you will like him too
     
  19. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

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    Apr 10, 2021
    Portimão, Portugal
    Thank you Nick,
    lots of exploration paths you are providing and it is fantastic to be able to talk about it.
    I will correctly play that harmonica riff with the guitar, eventually....
    stay tuned
     
  20. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

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    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Well....I’m rooting for you. Keep at it and I’m sure you’ll do fine. Keep us posted, I’d like to hear how you progress. The Blues will always be looking for new torch bearers.
     
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