Shake That Thing and G Review

Posted by Michael M. on 27th July 2010 in General

In addition to covering “Creole Belle” in the last class, we went back to the key of G to review “Spike Driver Blues” and to add “Shake That Thing.”

Gary hunted down a couple of resources for “Spike Driver Blues” from GuitarNick. The site has this tablature of “Spike Driver Blues” and this video on YouTube. While I do have a prejudice against tab, the video looks good although the version is a little different.

“Shake That Thing” has some big similarities to “Spike Driver Blues.” Both are in G. Both make use of the E note in the bass played on the 4th string at the second fret, but they otherwise do not stray from the G chord. First, here is a short version.

“Shake That Thing” (mp3)

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A standard alternating G bass will work for the verses. Underlying the refrain, though, the bass line has a run. I played it in a loop for practicing.

“Shake That Thing” bass run (mp3)

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Finally, here is a version of the melody alone. I did throw in one bass note in the refrain section for continuity.

“Shake That Thing” melody (mp3)

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As you can hear, “Spike Driver Blues” and “Shake That Thing” share many elements even though the overall songs are quite different. Developing a library of the small elements eventually allows new songs to fall into place more quickly.

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