I got this email the other day, and I thought I'd pass it along for anybody who's interested.
John, I really love the sound of your 'Preaching Gospel Blues' study. Can you give me any examples of songs in that style? Thanks so much for doing the BYCU series. I've kicked around the guitar for years, but I never really got anywhere with it until I started with your books.
I love that sound as well. Some tunes/CDs I would recommend are:
Etta James CD "Deep in the Night" - especially her renditions of "Take it to the Limit" and "Piece of My Heart." Also her version of "Ive Got Dreams to Remember" and "I've been Loving You Too Long."
Aretha Franklin's CD "Aretha's Gold" is full of tunes, especially "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)," "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man." "Dr. Feelgood" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
Otis Redding's "Pain in My Heart." "I've Been Loving You Too Long," and "Ive Got Dreams to Remember" - he wrote them.
Sam Cooke's "Nothing Can Change This Love," "Good Times," "Somebody Have Mercy," "Bring It On Home To Me" and "That's Where It's At" and "A Change Is Gonna Come."
There are lots more, but these should get you started.
If you have any questions like this, I'm happy to answer (though sometimes it takes me a while to get to it,) but it would be best to post them here on the forum so everyone can see them.
I remember opening up a discussion on the old forum as I recognized similarities between BYCU tunes and original songs I was interested in learning (let's say between BYCU's Texas Rock or Blues Rock Tune and Buddy Guys "Mary had a little lamb" or between some BRYCU tunes and some Jimmy Reed stuff)... as any contribution to the growth of my Blues knowledge is more than appreciated, I hope to get more of those tips and hints here!
Post by 3chordsandthetruth on Jul 19, 2020 8:38:19 GMT -6
Can we start a thread like this which highlights original tunes that inspired bycu tunes? Same for the rhythm and blues you can use as well? It has been great to listen to the tunes you mentioned and I think this will really solidify learning.
Can we start a thread like this which highlights original tunes that inspired bycu tunes? Same for the rhythm and blues you can use as well? It has been great to listen to the tunes you mentioned here them in context. I think this will really solidify learning and train the ear.
3chords, that's a cool idea. I know discussions along the lines of "this BYCU study reminds me of such-and-such a song" have come up before - and probably even more so with R&BYCU. If you're working on some particular studies, feel free to open a discussion in the forum along those lines of "hey, I've been working on this study and it reminded me of this song, does any body else have any other songs they can think of along these lines?". I'd suggest to post under the "Blues" section of the forum. This "Tips From John" section is mostly used by JG when he has something to post here. Oh, and welcome to the forum!