#1
Is is just me or is his style borderline impossible to nail? I might just not have the experience of fingerstyle slide, but ive been working on come on in my kitchen and its pretty hard. anyone agree or do i just need practise?
#3
his style is hard. yea.
but its cool stuff man. thats why eric clapton digs robert johnson materials.
i got the complete recordings of Robert J. and its very nice.
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#4
Eric Clapton has problems playing some of his stuff so don't feel bad
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i got the complete recordings of Robert J. and its very nice.


Indeed it is. Some of the recordings are quite hard to listen to, but I reckon having a copy of vinyl would make it all fit a lot better.
Infact, is there a vinyl version of that complete recordings disc?
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#6
Robert J has to be my favorate artist of all time (note the username), and yeah, he is pretty hard to copy.
I always give up trying to learn his songs because I figure out the chords or something, and think I've got it. Then I listen again and realise that he is playing something else at the same time. Like Keith Richards says, he must have two brains.
#7
His stuff is tricky. I try play it all the time, but it ends up sounding 2nd rate. Oh well.... The good news is, any time I play his stuff I end up listening to the Complete Recordings, so really...win win.
#8
I can only play one of his songs to a competent level, and I've been trying for a year. I'll get there one day... Maybe I need to play in graveyards. Hmm.
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#9
I try'd once. Within 15 mins i realised, this bloody good music is insane, how on earth does he play it.
I figured i should just go to a Crossroad and wait.........

Peter Green does a pretty good Robert Johnson.
#10
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Peter Green does a pretty good Robert Johnson.


To be fair, despite the fact that Greeny loves RJ, I really didn't like his Johnson work at all. It was cool, and sounded like a laidback, informal jam, but Johnson was fire and thunder and wild passion.

I did like Corey Harris' Johnson/Delta covers.
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#11
Yeah, I think it was quite a good try though, i like it just as much or more as the Clapton RJ sessions^
#12
Most of the early blues stuff is near impossible to copy, its just so "raw". I think its because most of us here are guitar players, but they weren't, guitar came second to the lyrics or just the overall message that was trying to be put across, so technically there playing was poor (and I dont mean that in a bad way) but it had like I said that rawness to it.
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#13
He was one of the best ever, but as far as the record albums go you can't find them except some of the reproductions from the 60's and 70's, he died before 33rpm was the main speed which is unfortunate becate generally the quality is much better than that of the 78rpm recordings he made, those are worth a minimun of 500 dollars, i work at a record store/antique shop and we have only ever seen 1 and never owned one.
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#14
Has anybody read the book Escaping The Delta? It's really interesting and informative and tells the history of the blues with a loose theme of Robert Johnson and his life and work. It actually debunks a lot of his importance. The book doesn't say he's bad but says during his time he wasn't that big of a deal compared to some now lesser known people.
#15
Has anybody read the book Escaping The Delta? It's really interesting and informative and tells the history of the blues with a loose theme of Robert Johnson and his life and work. It actually debunks a lot of his importance. The book doesn't say he's bad but says during his time he wasn't that big of a deal compared to some now lesser known people.


It's true. RJ's influence on Delta bluesmen was... nil. His records barely sold during his lifetime, and he was nowhere near as popular as his contemporaries like Charley Patton.

Johnson's real influence was on Chicago guys like Muddy Waters and Elmore James, and therefore the later rock n' roll guys over here in the UK.
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#16
Everytime i hear him now, i have the thought that they may have sped up the tapes. Like from the thread a while back. But he is still amazing. His complete recordings is on my list to buy, when i get some money.
#17
i cant find any good tab for robert johnson. but what i have seen has a distinct style about it which is hard to master
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i cant find any good tab for robert johnson. but what i have seen has a distinct style about it which is hard to master

the book "Robert Johnson : the new transcriptions" are fairly accurate. You pretty much have to read the tab and listen to it alot until you get the feel.
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Everytime i hear him now, i have the thought that they may have sped up the tapes. Like from the thread a while back. But he is still amazing. His complete recordings is on my list to buy, when i get some money.


If they sped up the tapes it wouldn't be in tune.

Anyway, it's true that Johnson wasn't at all successful in his lifetime, but remember that he died when he was very young (and apparently if he wasn't dead he would have been booked at this big show in New York which would have been his 'big break')

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If they sped up the tapes it wouldn't be in tune.


They would be in tune, they'd just be in a different key, and it would solve the mystery of why the tunings of Johnson's songs fluctuate so wildly.
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They would be in tune, they'd just be in a different key, and it would solve the mystery of why the tunings of Johnson's songs fluctuate so wildly.


I suppose it would be possible that they could change the speed a precise amount so the songs were still in tune but in a different key... but I can't see it.

And it wouldn't solve the mystery of why the tunings fluctuate at all... and how is that even a mystery? He liked to use different tunings, so do lots of people.
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I suppose it would be possible that they could change the speed a precise amount so the songs were still in tune but in a different key... but I can't see it.

And it wouldn't solve the mystery of why the tunings fluctuate at all... and how is that even a mystery? He liked to use different tunings, so do lots of people.


Dude, songs don't go out of tune if you change the speed of the track, the key just gets higher.

And as Johnson was recording, the keys of each song became progressively sharper, so either he was whacking the cack out of his guitar, or the tracks were altered after he'd recorded them.
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