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Old 02-23-2021, 08:52 AM
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Well that put a smile on my face. Good stuff.
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Old 02-23-2021, 06:06 PM
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That was fantastic, Jim. I really enjoyed it
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Old 02-23-2021, 08:01 PM
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Great! I'll bet he'd be flattered, and maybe even envious of your picking, and proudly embarrassed by your lyrics!

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Excellent stuff.
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Old 02-26-2021, 09:36 AM
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Thanks for the comments folks.
The thing I like most about Mississippi John's playing is how he plays the melody throughout a song. A lot of people who accompany songs on acoustic guitar play chords primarily or concentrate on fancy riffs & speed playing, whereas I'm more attracted to John's style of playing a song's melody (with variations) on the higher strings over a continuous bass line on the lower strings. John is known for his alternating thumb, but he varies that a lot by using bass runs and syncopated bass rhythms.
The song I wrote about him is in the key of A
Well put, Jim. Sometimes it ain't easy to sing and pick out a variation on the melody at the same time, thankfully for me a lot of his tunes work as instrumentals, too.

I've noticed that his picking can actually be more complex while he is singing than in the intro or instrumental breaks. As you say, he will syncopate the bass, and at times reverse it with the third on one and 3 and the root on 2 and 4. Every once and a while he will throw in a steady bass for a few measures, or drop it out totally for a few beats, just to confuse me!

I'm hoping you post more MJH inspired stuff
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