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Birmingham - Clarence with Freddy Weller

 
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Brian



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:47 am    Post subject: Birmingham - Clarence with Freddy Weller Reply with quote

On the White Lightnin CD there's a cool track (Birmingham) with Clarence and Red Rhodes backing up Freddy Weller.... Clarence plays a wicked solo intro that I have figured out..

I recorded a couple of clips here..the first one is about normaal speed and the second I played it slow to hear what's going on.

http://www.clarencewhiteforum.com/mp3/Birmingham_intro.mp3
http://www.clarencewhiteforum.com/mp3/Birmingham_intro_slower.mp3

This quick 12 second intro is chock full of cool licks but is interesting that they are all in the Key of F. The song itself is in F... and during this intro Clarence's licks modulate from minor to major and back to minor scale bender licks. It's neat to break down phrase by phrase and work out which scale the lick is in... More genius stuff from Clarence Cool

I started to TAB this out and realized that some of it may not make any sense at all in TAB....but if anyone really would benefit from it I can give the TAB another shot..
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getbent



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is awesome Brian. like a wild ride that you don't know where it is going next...
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Brian



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Randy, but the kudos go to Clarence for inventing those licks. These are examples are cool since It starts out up above in the high octave (above 12th fret) and works it's way back down the neck in completely connected scale patterns. It goes through just about all possible bender phrases on the way down as well. There's alot to learn from just that intro. The rest of the fills of the song are basically variations on the theme of some of these shapes and patterns. And as always Clarence always plays them just a little bit different.
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Murr



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neat stuff.
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Brian



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a version I recorded with the CW Sig Tele with Hamels...the recording volume was dropped a bit too since I thought the other one was a little too hot...

http://www.clarencewhiteforum.com/mp3/Birmingham_intro_CWsig.mp3
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330rick



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian wrote:
Here's a version I recorded with the CW Sig Tele with Hamels...the recording volume was dropped a bit too since I thought the other one was a little too hot...

http://www.clarencewhiteforum.com/mp3/Birmingham_intro_CWsig.mp3


Very cool Brian! I prefer the tone on the first two versions.I've heard you speak of the amazing slow downer.Did you use it to cop this intro? I have fooled around with this song a couple of times from the vinyl LP but could never quite nail this intro.
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Brian



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely...Amazing Slow Downer is one of the best tools EVER to be invented for a guitarist...
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Murr



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep I think the thinline is soundin' quite good also.
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