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 #9249  by phpbb
 Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:48 am
As Bill promised, he's put out a two part video instruction for Stagger Lee - Check it out in hte usual location or the new link on the left hand menu called "Video Instruction"...

or here:

or the What's New Section

Thanks to Bill!!

 #9256  by GratefulFloyd
 Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:43 am
i dont know if its because i'm retarded or something but i'm having a hard part figuring out the best way to have my fingers for that "5 5 5 5" and the "3 3 3 3" part right at the beginning :? , so if you could help me out that that'd be great. but this video is really awesome and sounds great, nice work brotha

 #9257  by Billbbill
 Thu Sep 28, 2006 11:05 am
Yea it's not the greatest look. I barre the B, G, & D strings with my index finger and use my ring finger (next to the pinky) for the A string.

I do some more yakkin about this tune on this thread.

 #9271  by wisedyes
 Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:39 am
As always, excellent job there, Billbill. It's particulary interesting to me because I had always played the first part in the first postion, starting on an F chord, and then walking down through E minor, D minor, C, and then the A#. So it's always cool to have another take on something that you yourself didn't think of, really helps with the whole grokking of the fretboard thing. Thanks again!

 #9272  by Billbbill
 Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:37 am
My pleasure, and thanks for the compliment.

Funny you should say that wisedyes but I also originally played it in the first position as well. What I show is what I saw JG doing on one of the videos, the Buffalo one I believe. While other than that, everything is by ear from the JG solo show I cite in the other SL thread, it sounds the same so I opted for the same positioning.

In the end I don't think it's a big deal either way. The point would be to present a cohesive line that sounds good. You may want to voice the F bass note and to do that you have to be at the first fret. Nothing wrong with playing around with it.


 #9294  by Billbbill
 Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:11 am
To Gratefulfloyd -

I thought about your question and it occurred to me that when you say

<>that "5 5 5 5" and the "3 3 3 3" part<>

you may have been missing where the chords 'begin'.

If that's the case, below I show how the bold
fret number references on tha A string are the first notes of the chords that they line up with.



Thus the notes for the

F chord would be



the C



the Bb




The C and Bb chords are essentially the open G chord form, up the neck, less the bass tonic note.

If my previous fingering explanation continued the confusion, I hope this clears it up.
Last edited by Billbbill on Sat Sep 30, 2006 7:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.

 #9295  by Billbbill
 Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:15 am
If you already had a handle on it and I'm blabering on for no good reason, then in the immortal woods of Saturday Night Live's Emily Latella

Never Mind.