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Andy Volk
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From: Boston, MA

posted 01 August 2001 08:13 PM     profile     
                                    
Here are some of my favorite swings licks for C6th lap steel. It's impossible for
tab to do justice to the way great swing players make a simple lick come alive.
Phrasing is everything here; some notes blocked for a sharp staccato, others left to
linger a beat or half a beat. There some subtle grace note slides and triplets -
particularly in Joaquin's playing - that I just don't know how to notate so
you're on your own a bit here. While stringing licks together does not make for great
improvisation, it's nice to have a few in one's bag of tricks when divine inspiration
fails.

These 1st two come from the playing of George Barnes, a highly underated swing guitarist
whose playing had an incredible drive, bounce and sense of joy. Barnes's style came out
of swing clarinet playing. His playing also had a unique vibrato that made the last
note he'd play in a phrase sort of go "Boing!"

F9
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
C---------------------------------------------------------------6--7----------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------------6--------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------5-----------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------5--------------
C-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E9 Eb6 F9 E9
E---------------|-----------| |-----------------7--5--|-----------------6--4--|------------
C------------6--|-----5-----| |--------------7--------|--------------6--------|------------
A---------5-----|--------6--| |-----------7-----------|-----------6-----------|------------
G------4--------|-----------| |--------6--------------|--------5--------------|------------
E---4-----------|-----------| |--6--7-----------------|--5--6-----------------|------------
C---------------|-----------| |-----------------------|-----------------------|------------

Eb
E---3--2--3--------------------| |-----------------------------------------------|---------
C------------3-----------------| |-----------------------------------------------|---------
A------------------------------| |-----------------------------------------------|---------
G---------------3--------------| |-----------------------------------------------|---------
E------------------3--4--5--6--| |-----------------------------------------------|---------
C------------------------------| |-----------------------------------------------|---------

Here are some Charlie Christian runs. His playing style was derived mostly from standard
chord shapes but man, could he phrase them ina unique and original way that was his alone.
60 years later he still sounds fresh and continues to influence musicians.

Bb Eb7
E------6--------------------------|--6-----------------------------| |---------------------
C---------7-----------------------|-----7--------------------------| |---------------------
A---------------------------------|--------------------------------| |---------------------
G------------6--7--------------7--|--------6--7--------------------| |---------------------
E------------------6-----6--6-----|--------------6-----5--6--5--4--| |---------------------
C---------------------7-----------|-----------------7--------------| |---------------------

G6
E------10-----8--10--8--7--------------7-----------7--| |----------------------------------
C--------------------------7-----7--7-----7-----7-----| |----------------------------------
A-----------------------------7--------------7--------| |----------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------| |----------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------| |----------------------------------
C-----------------------------------------------------| |----------------------------------

G6
E------------------6-----------------6-----6--7-----------------------------------| |------
C---------7-----------------7--------------------7-----------------------------7--| |------
A------7--------7--------7--------7-----------------7--8--7-----------------7-----| |------
G---7--------7--------7--------7-----------------------------7-----------7--------| |------
E---------------------------------------------------------------7--6--7-----------| |------
C---------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |------

D7 G
E------------5--------|-----------8--------|--6--7--------------------7-----|-------------
C---------6-----6-----|--------9-----9-----|--------7-----------7--------7--|-------------
A------6-----------6--|-----9-----------9--|-----------7-----7--------------|-------------
G---5-----------------|--8-----------------|--------------7-----------------|-------------
E---------------------|--------------------|--------------------------------|-------------
C---------------------|--------------------|--------------------------------|-------------

Before his career as a guitar designer, pioneering inventor, recording genius and purveyor
of bland, 50's pop tunes, Les Paul played astoundingly original swing guitar. His influence
on string instrument players is immense. Few players convey a sense of out-and-out fun in
their playing the way Les does.

Here's a simple ending lick:

E------------------------------------|--------------3--|----------------------------------
C------------------------------------|-----------4-----|----------------------------------
A------------------------------------|--------5--------|----------------------------------
G------------------------------------|--3--4-----------|----------------------------------
E------------------------------------|-----------------|----------------------------------
C------------------------------------|-----------------|----------------------------------

You hear this one a lot from Django Reinhardt, Les Paul and even Joe Pass:

F
E------------------------------------------10--8--7--8--|------------------13--| |---------
C-----------------------------10--9--8--9---------------|--------------14------| |---------
A----------------10--8--7--8----------------------------|----------15----------| |---------
G-------------------------------------------------------|--13--14--------------| |---------
E---10--8--7--8-----------------------------------------|----------------------| |---------
C-------------------------------------------------------|----------------------| |---------

or this instead of the previous measure. F9 E9
E------4--5--4--5-----------------5----| |--------------7--5--|--------------6--4--|---------
C------------------5-----------5-------| |--------------------|--------------------|---------
A---------------------5----------------| |-----------7--------|-----------6--------|---------
G------------------------5-------------| |--------5-----------|--------4-----------|---------
E--------------------------------------| |--4--5--------------|--3--4--------------|---------
C--------------------------------------| |--------------------|--------------------|---------

Eb Some more Charlie Christian runs ...
E------------------------------| |-----------------------------|---------------------------
C------------------------7-----| |-----------------------------|---------------------------
A---------------6-----6-----6--| |-----------------------------|---------------------------
G---------3--5-----5-----------| |-----------------------------|---------------------------
E---2--3-----------------------| |-----------------------------|---------------------------
C------------------------------| |-----------------------------|---------------------------

C7
E---------------------------------| |--12--10-------------------| |-------------------------
C------------------7--------------| |----------10---------------| |-------------------------
A---------------7-----7-----------| |--------------10--7--------| |-------------------------
G------------7-----------7-----7--| |---------------------7-----| |-------------------------
E---------6-----------------6-----| |------------------------6--| |-------------------------
C---------------------------------| |---------------------------| |-------------------------

C13 (or Gm7 C7) A6 C13
E---------------5-----| |--8--9--12--10--8--9-----------| |--6--5-----------------| |--------
C------------5-----7--| |----------------------9-----9--| |--------7--------------| |--------
A---------5-----------| |-------------------------9-----| |-----------8--7--------| |--------
G---------------------| |-------------------------------| |-----------------7-----| |--------
E------3--------------| |-------------------------------| |--------------------6--| |--------
C---3-----------------| |-------------------------------| |-----------------------| |--------

----------------------
G13 Long Grace note gliss
E------------------------------------5--9--------------| |---------------------------------
C---------------------------------5--------9--------7--| |---------------------------------
A---------2--------------------5--------------8--------| |---------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------7-----| |---------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------| |---------------------------------
C------------------------------------------------------| |---------------------------------

Django used the chromatic scale a lot in his playing. I don't use it much but
here's a bar pattern that works nicely over a 9th chord.

C9
E------------------------------------------------| |---------------------------------------
C------------------------------------5--6--7-----| |---------------------------------------
A------------------------4--5--6--7--------------| |---------------------------------------
G------------2--3--4--5--------------------------| |---------------------------------------
E------3--4--------------------------------------| |---------------------------------------
C------------------------------------------------| |---------------------------------------

This run came from Jerry Byrd's version of "Pagan Love Song" on an old LP called
"On the Shores of Waikiki". It works really well as a swing run.

Pick-up A6 A6
E---|-----------|-----9--8--7--5--3--5--7--8--9-----|-----9--9--9--9-----|----------------
C---|-----9-----|-----9--8--7--5--3--5--7--8--9--9--|-----9--9--9--9--9--|----------------
A---|-----9-----|--------------------------------9--|-----------------9--|----------------
G---|-----------|-----9--8--7--4--2-----7--8--9-----|-----9--9--9--9-----|----------------
E---|-----9-----|--------------------4-----------9--|-----------------9--|----------------
C---|-----------|-----------------------------------|--------------------|----------------

D9 A6
E----------12----------12----------12--|--9--------------| |-------------------------------
C------12--12--14--12--12--14--12--12--|--9--9-----------| |-------------------------------
A------12--12--14--12--12--14--12--12--|--9--9--9--------| |-------------------------------
G------12------14--12------14--12------|--------9--9-----| |-------------------------------
E--------------------------------------|-----------9--9--| |-------------------------------
C--------------------------------------|--------------9--| |-------------------------------

Here are a few runs I've transcribed from the playing of Joaquin Murphy. His playing
still leaves me with my jaw on the floor. He was so creative and had such incredible
drive. When you hear the live radio transcriptions, You can hear both the band and
the audience collectively hold on to their hats when it's his turn to solo. Again,
I know of no way to indicate in tab the propulsion and "zing" of Joaquin's playing.
Here's my lame attempt.

G7
E------------------------------|-----3--5-------3---------3--------|----------------
C------------------------------|------------4---------3---------2--|----------------
A------------------------------|-----------------------------------|----------------
G------------------------------|-----------------------------------|----------------
E------------------------------|-----------------------------------|----------------
C------------------------------|-----------------------------------|----------------

C A 1/2 fret glide down then block

E------0--3--0-----| |------------------------------------------------------------|--------
C---------------0--| |-----------9-----9-----10-----9-----------------------------|--------
A------------------| |-----9--------9-----9---------------------------------------|--------
G------------------| |------------------------------------------------------------|--------
E------------------| |------------------------------------------------------------|--------
C------------------| |------------------------------------------------------------|--------

E Heavy vibrato
E------------3--4-----------------4-----------------------------------| |------------------
C---------4--------4--------4--4-----4--------3--4--------------------| |------------------
A---2--4--------------4-----------------4-----3--4--4-----------------| |------------------
G------------------------4-----------------4--------4-----------------| |------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------| |------------------
C---------------------------------------------------------------------| |------------------

Ab9
E---------6--------------------------------| |---------------------------------------------
C------6-----------------6-----3-----------| |---------------------------------------------
A------------6--6-----6-----4--------4-----| |---------------------------------------------
G---------------------------------4-----3--| |---------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------| |---------------------------------------------
C------------------------------------------| |---------------------------------------------


[This message was edited by Andy Volk on 02 August 2001 at 04:25 AM.]

[This message was edited by Andy Volk on 02 August 2001 at 09:53 AM.]

Fernando Fernandez
Member

From: Cadiz,Spain

posted 02 August 2001 04:24 AM     profile     
A wonderful job Andy....Your tabs are always great!!!
Thanks a lot
Keith Grubb
Member

From: Petaluma, CA, USA

posted 02 August 2001 08:51 AM     profile     
Andy,
Keep that tab coming. I'm still working on some of your previous posts. Good Stuff!!!
Keith
chas smith
Member

From: Encino, CA, USA

posted 02 August 2001 11:38 AM     profile     
Andy, Thank you so very much, I'm still waiting for the divine inspiration, actually I've given up waiting for it and decided to just go on playing without it.
quote:
Here are a few runs I've transcribed from the playing of Joaquin Murphy. His playing
still leaves me with my jaw on the floor. He was so creative and had such incredible
drive

Even when he was 75 he had the lightest touch I've ever seen. Back when he was playing with Spade, he was always experimenting with different tunings and he would show up and play the gig with whatever tuning was on the guitar that week. He just knew where the note were.
Andy Volk
Member

From: Boston, MA

posted 03 August 2001 04:18 AM     profile     
Thanks, guys!

Chas, you made Joaquin his last guitar, didn't you? He seemed to have two different styles. The blazing single string work of his early career and the super-lush chordal style he played toward the end of his life.
He was a unique talent.

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