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Harmonica Lessons: "Walking Blues"

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[MUSIC]
That is the beginning
of the Walking Blues,
as I heard it on one of the early
Paul Butterfield records.
It's kind of like a march,
and a little bit of
a tango [SOUND] That's
kind of like walking.
Which is why it's called
the walking blues.
Lyrics go something like this.
Woke up this morning.
Look around for my shoes.
You know I have those
mean old walking blues.
Woke up this morning,
looked around for my shoes.
Here's the turnaround to the five chord.
You know I have those
mean old walking blues.
[SOUND] Now you notice there's
something different about
this from the more standard
blues lyrics that I've sung for
you on this website is that
usually the 12 bar blues,
the most common form of the 12
bar blues as a line like,
I woke up this morning and
looked around for my shoes and
maybe they'd repeat that line.
And they go, I woke up this and
looked around for my shoes.
Then the next line,
what the turn around is,
would be I had those
mean old walking blues.
But this one goes.
[MUSIC]
Woke up this morning, looked around for
my shoes, you know,
I had those mean old walking blues.
Woke up this morning
[MUSIC]
,looked around for my shoes
[MUSIC]
you know I have those mean
old walking blues.
[MUSIC]
So the line is woke up this morning,
looked around for my shoes, you know
I have those mean old walking blues.
There's no other words, it's not like
you're proposing like a question and
answering it, the usual way that 12 bar
blues does and this is just a reiteration.
It's just a repetition,
it's something that, you got the blues so
bad that there's no way out of it.
It's just the kind of blues
that just possess' you.
It's almost
like a trance.
[MUSIC]
Some people
tell you
[MUSIC]
walking
blues ain't
bad
[MUSIC]
It's
the worst
darn feeling.
[MUSIC]
I ever had.
[MUSIC]
It's a kind
of sad story and
there's more verses,
you can look them up.
But this is just
a different kind of blues.
I'm using just a stock D a special
20 straight out of the box.
I've never opened it, never adjusted
it to action, reeds nothing like that.
I happen to like this harmonica.
[MUSIC]