Lightnin' Hopkins ebook
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Lightnin' Hopkins Ebook
Three tunes are taught from beginning to end. All in standard tuning, key of E, but I'm tuned a half step low (D# A# F# C# G# D#) as Lightnin' often did.
1- Long Time Lightnin' recorded this short instrumental when he was rediscovered by Mack McGormick in 1959. He didn't record many slow instrumentals so this is kinda special.
The recording session was very informal and Lightnin' was in great form. Although short it contains many of his typical licks. You can find the original on the excellent cd "Country Blues" Tradition TCD1003.
I transcribed the full song and explain/demonstrate it in great detail.
Lesson video of 22 minutes included
2- Hoodoo BluesMany artists were influenced by Lightnin' so it's no wonder that Louisiana Swamp Bluesmen like Silas Hogan and Lightnin' Slim' owed much to Lightnin's way of playing in the key of E when they recorded their versions of "Hoodoo blues".
I used Silas Hogan's accompaniment for this song and adapted two typical Lightnin' solo's. I tabbed out the intro, the first verse and the two solo's. The two short variations in the second and third verse are also explained in the video.
Lesson video of 33 minutes included
3-Talk With YouHere's what you can do if you take a simple song, in this case "Talk With You" by Danny Kirwan/Fleetwood Mac, and put some Lightnin' licks in the shuffle. I also used some licks played by Geoff Bradford and Pat Donohue. So I ended up with a modern sounding blues with lotsa Lightnin' licks.
Tabbed out completely
Lesson video of 44 minutes included