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by VikingBlues
Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Blues Guitar Playing
Topic: Not singing on the V?
Replies: 9
Views: 4791

Not singing on the V?

Within the thread on my "Black Cat Blues" posted this week, BluesinBb and Blindboy both picked up I didn't sing on the V and let the guitar take over. Although I feel that to me it worked musically, I wondered if anyone could say is this a common device, and if so are there some good examples of thi...
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:12 pm
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: 'My Life'
Replies: 21
Views: 13582

Re: 'My Life'

To avoid confusion... what - confusion about modes and scales - surely not!!! :roll: ... when I said that "My Life" was using the Phrygian scale, I should have said the Phrygian Dominant Scale - the one with the major 3rd so in C the major third is E rather than the usual Eb for the normal Phrygian ...
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: Black Cat Blues
Replies: 16
Views: 11496

Re: Black Cat Blues

:eye_rub: Hey VB, is that all you :clap: Fantastic job. I enjoyed this tremendously :thumbsup: Thanks HBL - I think I'm learning some good stuff here. Yes - all me but with shorter finger nails than when I started the song! :big_smile: I'd forgotten about the archive hideaway 12bar - I'll try and r...
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Spring weather in NM aaarrgh!
Replies: 12
Views: 6694

Re: Spring weather in NM aaarrgh!

Some spring BB - I guess it looks nicer from a distance. Do you often get that much snow this late in the year. :sad: What does look nice is the studio - doesn't look like a self-build. :thumbsup: No fun when you've got to chop your own logs for all your heating though. Hope you get a quick thaw.
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: Black Cat Blues
Replies: 16
Views: 11496

Re: Black Cat Blues

bluesinbflat wrote:Btw, Will that backing track be made available for download?
Now uploaded into the Backing Tracks section of the Site.
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: Backing Tracks
Topic: Cussed Out Blues in C
Replies: 0
Views: 4388

Cussed Out Blues in C

As requested teh Lawrence Fritts backing track, Cussed Out Blues in C, that I used for Black Cat Blues. Enjoy. :thumbsup:

download/file.php?id=29
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: Black Cat Blues
Replies: 16
Views: 11496

Re: Black Cat Blues

I liked that a lot, VB. Particularly impressive that you did the composing, arranging, writing, playing and producing. What a heartfelt story in a few verses. I was listening to it this afternoon and looking out the window into the garden. I was watching old orange Chester lying in the sun while yo...
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: Black Cat Blues
Replies: 16
Views: 11496

Re: Black Cat Blues

bluesinbflat wrote:Btw, Will that backing track be made available for download?
I'm getting a message "Sorry, the board attachment quota has been reached" when I try and upload the BT. Is there a problam 12bar? :icon_whoknows:
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: Black Cat Blues
Replies: 16
Views: 11496

Re: Black Cat Blues

Dig the buttery "Gibson" tone too, which I had one. :) I only found that tone when I found the Tokai - I can't sing the praise of this guitar or the Japanese workmanship highly enough. Weighs a ton, but so solid and responsive to the slightest touch. She sings so well it encourages me to join in to...
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: Down By the River
Replies: 3
Views: 3196

Re: Down By the River

You're right B2M - it did come off well - nice moody bluesey playing. Never mind rough edges and btw nice tones from the Tele. :thumbsup: :clap:
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:54 am
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: Black Cat Blues
Replies: 16
Views: 11496

Re: Black Cat Blues

I like how you didn't sing on the V and let the guitar take over, very cool idea. I wondered whether this would be an acceptable idea - I'm interested to see both you and Blindboy picked up on it - is it unusual? It ended up that way by accident as I'd been writing the lyrics before deciding on a b...
by VikingBlues
Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: 'My Life'
Replies: 21
Views: 13582

Re: 'My Life'

Thanks very much everyone - mjo, wildwood, vancouverois, HalfBlindLefty, cruisemates. :D I'm amazed at the positive responses to something I was so unsure about posting on the site here. As is often the case the quality of the backing track is a big help to the end result. I just wish I could feel m...
by VikingBlues
Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: Black Cat Blues
Replies: 16
Views: 11496

Black Cat Blues

Well here we go - I hope you won't all regret encouraging me to excercise the vocal chords. :roll: Black Cat Blues is based on a backing track blues in C - Cussed Out Blues by Lawrence Fritts (yes - him again!!). It's maybe a bit of a work in progress:- The lyrics - all mine and I'm no wordsmith - c...
by VikingBlues
Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:01 pm
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: Mannish Boy Blues collab anyone?
Replies: 24
Views: 15512

Re: Mannish Boy Blues collab anyone?

I'd love to join in on this one 12bar - that's a BT I could listen to a lot just on its own. :dance:

Isn't mixolydian what rabbits suffer from? :big_smile:
by VikingBlues
Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: 'My Life'
Replies: 21
Views: 13582

Re: "My Life"

This my take on a basic phrygian exercise: Listening to your excercise I see what you mean about the "pseudo flamenco with the Phrygian thing" you mentioned in the earlier post. Hadn't thought of that while I was recording my piece - and I used to try to play Flamenco way back too - shows how littl...
by VikingBlues
Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: 'My Life'
Replies: 21
Views: 13582

Re: "My Life"

Interesting...! I have tried some pseudo flamenco with the Phrygian thing. You emphasize the 1 - b2 and 5 - b6 thing, playing those notes a fret apart quickly after each other. That fret apart business sounded right and seemed from what I could interpret to be one of the things Piotr Grudziński of ...
by VikingBlues
Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: 'My Life'
Replies: 21
Views: 13582

Re: "My Life"

It may not be John Lee Hooker (best Blues voice IMHO) +infinity. John Lee Hooker could sing the phone book and make it sound cool. :clap: Thank you for the kind words and the tolerance 12bar. :D I promise I'll not intrude into this site very often with this kind of stuff. :naughty: Hoping to get a ...
by VikingBlues
Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Open letter to members of 12bar Forum
Replies: 8
Views: 4275

Re: Open letter to members of 12bar Forum

I'm very glad you were encouraged to play more and let us guys on the forum hear your playing BB. :thumbsup: You have in turn encouraged my playing and I'm sure other members of the forum would agree. They also have encouraged my attempts at playing and have helped to kep my enthusiasm going, partic...
by VikingBlues
Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:16 am
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: 'My Life'
Replies: 21
Views: 13582

Re: "My Life"

I could still detect a little of that VB blues sound in there. Hidden deep!!! :shy: Don't worry that your voice isn't all deep, gravely, and gruff... you can sing and sing well, much more than most of us can do. Thank you for the encouragement Golfxzq. I think it's partly that the voice is more exp...
by VikingBlues
Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: The Blues Room - Your Songs
Topic: 'My Life'
Replies: 21
Views: 13582

'My Life'

I have been hesitating in posting this one for you guys as I'm feeling it's stretching too far away from blues. But, I value so many of you as friends as well as knowledgable players and would rather hear your views and ideas than others. :thumbsup: If any of you are prepared to listen to something ...