Creole Belle

Posted by Michael M. on 21st July 2010 in General

For our second class, we reviewed last week and started “Creole Belle.” The song was published as “Creole Belles” by J. Bodewalt Lampe. See sheet music here and here. In this post on my main blog, I have a link to a documentary with a brief discussion of the song and its transformation. I have played it an open mic or two with video and audio in blog posts here and here, respectively.

The chord progression is C-F-C-G-C. Remember to play the F using your thumb on the low 6th E string and the G using your ring and little fingers on the 1st and 6th E strings and your middle finger on the 5th A string. Learning this song will help with “Richlands Women Blues,” “Nobody’s Dirty Business” and quite a few other songs in C.

I recorded the class tonight. If you want it, I recommend downloading to your computer over using the streaming version. Typically, you will need to click with the right mouse button and then choose to save it. The same recommendation goes for the other sound files. Here is the unedited version (mp3). A streaming version is below.

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Below is a simplified version followed by recordings of the bass line alone and the melody alone.

“Creole Belle” short version by me (mp3)

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As we discussed in class, I think humming or singing while playing the bass line is a good way to get the overall feeling of the song.

“Creole Belle” bass line (mp3)

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“Creole Belle” melody (mp3)

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We also went through “Shake That Thing.” I will make some recordings of it later.

If you want to see other people teaching “Creole Belle,” have a look at this video by John Miller and this video by Fred Sokolow, both on YouTube.

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