It Won’t Be Long

New strings equals new recordings! I’m trying a new microphone position recommended by a book my friend Tobin lent me. The mic is one foot away, pointing midway between the sound hole and the beginning of the neck. Plus another mic in the corner of the room for reverb.

I learned this from Stefan Grossman’s collection.

It Won’t Be Long

Mama, Your Papa Loves You

Just got back from vacation and feel like recording. This is “Mama, Your Papa Loves You”, an Elizabeth Cotton tune that goes by several other names. Cotton is one of my favorite guitarists for fingerstyle blues and this song is one of her best, I think. I notice my tempo gets faster as the song progresses, but Cotton tended to play them that way too.

I can’t decide whether the bass is too heavy on this recording. I think I like it, it sort of envelopes the melody. Yeah, that’s it.

I learned this song from John Miller’s lovely DVD.

Mama, Your Papa Loves You

Shake That Thing

Ok, my first recording. This is “Shake That Thing” which is the first song you learn in Stefan Grossman’s excellent collection of country blues songs. My “studio” is our second bedroom which is why you can hear the sound of a car screeching to a stop at one point. There are words to go with the song, but I’m not ready to sing just yet.

Shake That Thing