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Tune Req: Lone Wolf Blues (Oscar Woods)

GUEST,Lionel 06 Oct 02 - 02:48 PM
Sorcha 06 Oct 02 - 03:37 PM
GUEST,Richie 06 Oct 02 - 07:01 PM
GUEST,Lionel 07 Oct 02 - 03:07 AM
Jim Dixon 27 Oct 09 - 08:04 AM
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Subject: Lone Wolf Blues Oscar Woods
From: GUEST,Lionel
Date: 06 Oct 02 - 02:48 PM

I would like to learn to play "Lone Wolf Blues" By Oscar "Buddy" Woods, (I have a copy of his 1936 recording on CD) Can anyone tell me what tuning he uses on his guitar ? Many thanks.

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Subject: RE: Lone Wolf Blues Oscar Woods
From: Sorcha
Date: 06 Oct 02 - 03:37 PM

"Slide guitar in India goes back to the eleventh century, played with a glass ball. There are some African instruments, then there is the whole Hawaiian thing, which comes down to one or two people having invented it. However, things get murky because there were travelling Hawaiian groups in the south and some black guys went and saw that and started playing slide because of that. Casey Bill Welton, a slide guy from the 30s, called himself the Hawaiian guitar wizard and played it flat on his lap. So did Oscar Woods, so did Black Ace, and even Charlie Patton, on a couple of tracks."

"Delta blues open G tuning is exactly the same tuning that is the main tuning used in Hawaiian music. It's also the tuning Debashish uses, it's also found in the Phillipines, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America. It's almost the universal tuning of colonial musicians. Open G is the tuning that makes an open chord that you can get to with the least amount of string changing from standard tuning. All these cultures arrived at it separately."
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Subject: RE: Lone Wolf Blues Oscar Woods
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 06 Oct 02 - 07:01 PM

Some blues players use "Vestapol" tuning which is open E:
E B E G# B E

Many blues players also tune their guitars a little higher or lower. Some of them use capos too.

It's tough. I could tell you if I could hear it.


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Subject: RE: Lone Wolf Blues Oscar Woods
From: GUEST,Lionel
Date: 07 Oct 02 - 03:07 AM


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Subject: Ly rAdd: LONE WOLF BLUES (Oscar Woods)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 08:04 AM

These lyrics were copied from Michael Taft's Pre-War Blues Lyrics Concordance:

Oscar Woods

Lord my mother told me : when I was quite a child, (2x)
That the life that you are living : will kill you after a while.

I just began to realize : the things my mother said, (2x)
Since I been down here : and been mistreated this a-way.

I never loved no one woman : hope to God I never will. (2x)
All the attracting women : will get some good man killed.

Now I ain't no monkey : and I sure can't climb no tree, (2x)
And I ain't going to let no woman : make no monkey out of me.

Now I sent my baby : a brand new twenty dollar bill. (2x)
If that don't bring her : I know my shotgun will.

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