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5761 posts
Jan 18, 2019
2:35 AM
I’m thinking about him tonight particularly because I was listening to Chicago/ the blues/today! In the car tonight and i realised I’m now playing versions of 4 of the 5 songs he contributed to that album.

I’ve just started singing “it hurts me too” in the band. We had been playing it modelled on Elmore James’ approach, sometimes in D, sometimes E. I could never sing it there, so left to the other vocalist.
now that I’m the sole vocal ive shifted it to A and that reminded me that Jr Wells made a recording of it for this album

Tonight I was listening very carefully to his solo in It Hurts Me Too. I probably haven’t really broken down many 8 bar solos before so maybe I’m easily impressed, but i think what he does in this one is really something. It’s not that its difficult or very complex. On the contrary, its beauty is largely in simplicity combined with excellent tone and use of space contrasted with intensity. But there’s also measures 5 and 6 of the 2nd chorus which to me are pure brilliance on a par with Little Walter’s 1st position work (i think there’s a book in LW’s 1st position work)
5774 posts
Jan 25, 2019
9:56 PM
5775 posts
Jan 25, 2019
10:30 PM
at 1'39" in the clip above begins the part i'm talking about.

on a D harp he plays 2draw 3"draw whole step bend (EDIT: probably that should say the half step!listening to my recording i'm flat there every time i play it) 3 draw (A B C sharp if you like), then plays the octave split on 1-4 draw, he hits that twice then goes to the split 2-5 blow, 3-6 blow, 2-5 blow.

it took me a few listens to register that he goes to the splits in that part. you can play it with just the low octave notes and it sounds fine but the texture from the octaves is nice

because i tongue block and had learned to play the notes on the low end it took a little conscious effort to get my tongue to go the other side but easy really when i thought about it. id actually forgotten i could use the 3 blow instead of the 2 draw and i was trying to work out how he got the octave sound with the 2 draw...then the epiphany that its 3-6...much easier than id been thinking.

anyway its a beautiful passage imho and the little run he uses to follow it is nice too

Last Edited by SuperBee on Jan 26, 2019 2:16 AM
5776 posts
Jan 25, 2019
11:37 PM
this is a rough recording we made last night. the song is a bit long i'm sorry, but hopefully it isnt too horribly dreary to get through. i forgot the 3rd verse and did the 4th instead, then made it all go around again so i could do the 3rd before the 4th...made for a very long song but i'm calling it a learning experience


Last Edited by SuperBee on Jan 26, 2019 12:46 AM

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