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    Default Ways Like A Crawfish

    Hangin' round the hotel room 1,700 miles from home, got the day off, so I played this old Bo Carter tune which fits pretty fine on the mandolin.

    https://youtu.be/R8BMYMwzE5g

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    Hey, nice! I never heard of Bo Carter, but thanks to your introduction I now have a two-minute google education on him.
    You certainly did a great job recording this for an away from home hotel room session - the sound on both the vocals and the mando is great. Also the video angle was good for showing what you were playing, and the titling overlay was a nice touch. I'd love to know something about the mechanics of how you did all that if you're inclined to share.

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    Thanks Alfons. I just recorded it on my iPhone. I used an old Windows program called Windows Moviemaker to add a title page, captions (for lyrics), and credits page, and uploaded it to YouTube.

    My website has a brief article on Bo Carter, as well as a 112 title mp3 library. http://www.markgunter.net/cool_stuff...smen-bo-carter

    Bo recorded a whole bunch of "bawdy songs" full of racy double entendre and he is well known for such tunes, but this one is a straight ahead blues tune with masterful guitar playing for 1938 in my opinion.

    To play this song on mandolin, I transposed it to the key of C so that the lowest note in the tune would be played at the open G string. Here is Bo Carter's recording of the song:



    In C, my vocals are strained. Also, the mood I was in this morning is, I suppose, the reason I played it at such slow tempo ... It's probably better when I kick it up a notch or two. Also I found myself a little nervous for some reason, but didn't do a re-take, this is a one-off into he iPhone video and native microphone. You'll notice that right at the end I dropped my pick and had to resort to thumb strumming!

    It's just fun for me to play blues, and some rock ballads, on mandolin.
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    Great playing and fine blues singing, thanks for posting this. I like the blues riffs too.

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    Thanks Simon. The riffs were inspired by Bo’s recording, I couldn’t nail them like he does, but I spent time a few weeks ago trying to get what I could. I love his licks too! Tri-ple-ty stuff, the runs have a 6/8 feel, great stuff!
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