Re: [Harp-L] Will Scarlett-5th Position

The first album, Hot Tuna, was recorded live in Berkeley. Will plays
(but not on Hesitation Blues) in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 12th, but not 4th.
Same goes for the First Pull . . album.

There are online lists of live Tuna gigs that included Will and
Hesitation Blues. Could it be you heard a live bootleg?

Hesitation isn't in the right key for 5th. As Will played everything on
a G harp, playing in fifth position would have meant the key of B (and
probably B minor at that). 

Off the top of my head, known examples of fifth position would include
William Lee McCoy's Central Tracks Blues in about 1929, Charlie McCoy
playing on Gordon Lightfoot's Crossroads (nothing to do with Robert
Johnson; it's a Lightfoot original about the role of labor in opening
up a new land) about 1969, Corky Hale on a Roberta Flack record about

Are you sure you don't mean "Stop Breakin' Down", the old John Lee
Williamson tune? I know Junior Wells recorded it on his Vanguard album
Comin' At You, but he played that in 2nd position.


--- mark wilson <markwilson53@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Jun 4, 2007, at 7:03 PM, Garry Hodgson wrote:
> > will played on tuna's first album "hot tuna", and their second,
> > "first pull up, then pull down".  but hesitation blues is only on
> > the first album, and there is no harp on that version.  don't
> > know where else mark might've heard it.
> It's on one of their live albums, but I'm not sure which.  Someone  
> mentioned "Live At Berkley", but
> I couldn't locate that disk anywhere on the web.  I'm also trying to 
> track down another recording in
> 5th by Jr Wells titled "Quit Breakin' Down".  Can't find any info on 
> that one either.
> I started messing around with 5th after it came up on the list about 
> a month ago and I'm loving it.
> There's a lot of meat in the 2 and 3 draw bends that can be milked to
> great effect. Unlike 4th position, It
> can be VERY bluesy without sounding too minor.
> Unfortunately, there's not a lot of material out there to mine for  
> ideas, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Thanks for all the replies!
> Mark
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