[Harp-L] ONE ROOM COUNTRY SHACK - BUDDY GUY (Harp-L Digest, Vol 164, Issue 1)

Rick Dempster rickdempster33@xxxxx
Wed Apr 5 22:43:59 EDT 2017

Buddy's treatment of this tune as a minor piece is a choice that can be
ignored without changing anything in the melody. Here is what I think is
the original, by Mercy Dee,
where it is done in D major.

On 6 April 2017 at 09:17, Rick Dempster <rickdempster33 at xxxxx> wrote:

> Yes, a G minor blues, with I and IV chords minor and V dominant, (ie major
> with a flat seventh: D-F#-A-C)
> In 5th on an Eb harp the I and IV chords fall naturally (no bends
> necessary) but the V (the root being draw 3)
> will mean bends to the left or overblows to the right, Or you can just
> skip it and play the blues scale.
> RD
> On 5 April 2017 at 22:47, Bob Cohen <bob at xxxxx> wrote:
>> > On Apr 5, 2017, at 7:32 AM, zepharpo--- via Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > Hi Ian -
>> >    Buddy Guy's "One Room Country Shack" (5:36) sounds to me like a G
>> minor blues. The I chord sounds minor (G minor), the IV chord sounds minor
>> (C minor), and the V chord sounds like a dominant 7th chord (D7).
>> >    But I could be wrong.
>> >    Can somebody who is more knowledgeable chime in here, please?
>> >    What a great song!  Perfect for C harp in 2nd position, F or Low F
>> harp in 3rd position,  and Eb harp in 5th position.
>> Sounds like G minor to me too. I like the way Eb feels, I guess that’s
>> 5th position. I can never keep the harp positions straight. But in the end
>> positions are just locators for where the root note of the scale begins.
>> Rather than fuss over that, concentrate on the scales and map the notes
>> from the harp to the notes in the scale and then deliberately choose the
>> notes and scale you want. Note there are different kinds of minor scales.
>> Don’t worry about “getting it right.” Have fun. Remember we “play” music.
>> Find the G on all the harps, play around until you find a note layout that
>> sounds right for you and has notes you can play. (Some will require
>> precisions bends and overblows).
>> Check out this for the notes in the Gm scale:
>> http://www.jazclass.aust.com/scales/scanatm.htm
>> Check out this for the notes on your harp: http://www.celticguitarmusic.c
>> om/harmonica_charts.htm
>> Have fun experimenting. It’ll make you a better harp player.
>> Bob Cohen
>> Writer, Internet Consultant, Teacher
>> w: bobjcohen.com
>> t: #itsabobworld

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