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Texas blues?

Big Al Whittle 15 Sep 15 - 03:19 PM
Will Fly 15 Sep 15 - 03:44 PM
Big Al Whittle 15 Sep 15 - 04:35 PM
GUEST,Stim 16 Sep 15 - 12:46 AM
Big Al Whittle 16 Sep 15 - 02:35 AM
GUEST,Stim 16 Sep 15 - 08:32 PM
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Subject: Texas blues?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Sep 15 - 03:19 PM

is that

c Aflat7 F G progression a Texan traditional form?


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Subject: RE: Texas blues?
From: Will Fly
Date: 15 Sep 15 - 03:44 PM

Sounds a bit like a Western Swing sequence to me - something like Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys might have played.

The C to Ab bit was a common progression in pop songs of the 1920s and 1930s.


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Subject: RE: Texas blues?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Sep 15 - 04:35 PM

i was thinking about Jack Elliot's versions of BLJ's matchbox blues. Hamish Imlach used to play it that way - and that's where i learned it.

i seem to remember Stefan Grossman playing something similar in one of his instrumentals.


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Subject: RE: Texas blues?
From: GUEST,Stim
Date: 16 Sep 15 - 12:46 AM

The Ab7 is a fairly standard follow to F as a substitute for the Fm in Jazz blues progressions used a lot in Kansas City jam sessions.


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Subject: RE: Texas blues?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 16 Sep 15 - 02:35 AM

no this C as the first chord. then a sort of arpeggio through the Aflat7 as the second chord.


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Subject: RE: Texas blues?
From: GUEST,Stim
Date: 16 Sep 15 - 08:32 PM

That would likely be a ragtime progression-tho ragtime tunes were not infrequently called "blues"(Like "Bye Bye Blues" which is C-Ab7-C-A7...)--given that ragtime was a commercial genre, rather than folk genre, it wouldn't be considered traditional exactly, because it's associated with a certain time period--though if one was so inclined, I am sure it would be possible to argue the point.


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