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Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine

26 Apr 05 - 12:09 AM (#1470827)
Subject: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: chris nightbird childs

I have performed this song for a while, and recently recorded it for my CD. Have a listen...

Brokedown Engine


26 Apr 05 - 09:29 AM (#1471164)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: GUEST,Hootenanny

Why?


26 Apr 05 - 03:10 PM (#1471532)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: chris nightbird childs

"'cause I'm an old blues man, and I think that you understand..."


26 Apr 05 - 09:05 PM (#1471891)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: GUEST,Reggie Miles

Hey, so did I!


26 Apr 05 - 09:48 PM (#1471920)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: GUEST,Reggie Miles

Check it out. Broke Down Engine


26 Apr 05 - 09:50 PM (#1471921)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: GUEST,Reggie Miles

Oops! What I do wrong?


27 Apr 05 - 12:04 AM (#1471977)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: GUEST

Okay let's try this one.


27 Apr 05 - 12:07 AM (#1471979)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: GUEST,Reggie Miles

The third time's a charm, isn't it?


27 Apr 05 - 12:09 AM (#1471981)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: GUEST,reggie miles

Arg! Hmph! Okay, so I'm not a wizzard.


27 Apr 05 - 12:56 AM (#1471991)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: chris nightbird childs

Looks like they don't want you to do that Reggie.
I'll go to the site and check it out...


27 Apr 05 - 01:10 AM (#1471997)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: chris nightbird childs

Ohhhh man Reggie. That sure is a sweet version!
You went slow with it... very nice.
The 12-string playin' is really good too.
Say maybe we could become a duo, and call it Miles & Childs.
HEHEHEHEHE....


27 Apr 05 - 08:06 AM (#1472224)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: GUEST,reggie miles

Thanks Chris. Anybody that appreciates Willie is a friend of mine.

That's not a twelve string. It's one of my own homemade Nobros. It's a cross between a National and a Dobro brand resonator guitars, hence the name. The Nobro is only a six string but because of the way it's tuned, in a modified open "E" tuning moved up three half steps, and the way I play it, fingerpicking style and bottleneck, it sometimes has a sound that can approximate a twelve. I many times pluck double sets of strings tuned an octave a part.

The tuning I use goes like this, (bass side) GDGBDG (treble side). It ends up placing quite a lot of tension on the neck so I had to compensate by carefully selecting the strings I use. Light gauge seems to work best but there are subtle differences in various Light gauge string sets. Even a slightly too heavy 4th string would many times end up breaking under the load. I also separately purchase an unwound 3rd to replace the one that usually come with the Light gauge set for the same reason. It took me a while to discover which of these choices in string gauges would work best to do the job and I still experiment with new ideas as the technology involved with string production toss new string designs our way.

I hope to make myself a twelve string Nobro soon. I used a square neck from an old Harmony lap style guitar for this Nobro that I'm playing now, but I have a telve string neck that may work well for that next project. I've also got a number of other Frankensteinian ideas that I'm itchin' to get underway.

It looks as though my motagator "free" site is almost full so I'm not certain I'll be able to add much more to it.

Thanks again, and saw ya later, Reg


27 Apr 05 - 02:25 PM (#1472586)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: chris nightbird childs

Pleasure meetin' ya Reg!
I'll probably be seein' ya around both sites.
You're doing pretty good on the Motagator chart right now.
Congradulations!

That Nobro sounds a LOT like a 12!


30 Apr 05 - 09:21 PM (#1475367)
Subject: RE: Willie McTell's Brokedown Engine
From: Jim Dixon

To hear Reggie Miles' recording, go to this page: Motagator Music and click on the little arrow next to "Broke Down Engine." It's a full 3 1/2 minute song, well worth listening to.

When you're posting a link, it's a good idea to preview your message and test the link before the final "submit."