Spike Driver Blues

Posted by Michael M. on 17th July 2010 in General

In the first class, we started with “Spike Driver Blues.” I had intended to record the entire class, but I made a mistake using my recorder. Here are a few mp3 sound files to aid you. Click on the mp3 link to get the file itself.

First, here is the original 1928 recording.

“Spike Driver Blues” (mp3)

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Here is my version with singing and some syncopation.

“Spike Driver Blues” my version (mp3)

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Here is the an instrumental clip with the melody squared up to fall more in line with the bass line. I think it makes learning the tune easier. Later, I will break down the bass line and melody line separately.

“Spike Driver Blues” straight version instrumental (mp3)

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Alternating bass is the core of Hurt’s playing. Here is a straight alternating G bass line. It is played on the 6th and 4th strings.

Alternating G bass line (mp3)

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“Spike Driver Blues” uses two main bass lines. One is the bass line played above. The other G6 line uses the 6th string fretted at the 3rd fret and the 4th string fretted at the second fret. Here is a bass line for “Spike Driver Blues.” It does not have the bass fill, but it does have the G6.

“Spike Driver Blues” simple bass line (mp3)

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Here is a version of the melody played to fall on the beat.

“Spike Driver Blues” straight melody alone (mp3)

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Finally, here is a video from YouTube of the man himself in his appearance on Rainbow Quest.

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