Learn to Play "Lonesome Weary Blues"
This pretty tune was recorded, sans slide, in 1929 by the West Virginia guitar duet of Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland. Iâ€™ve simplified the piece for solo slide guitar in Vastopol, retaining elements of Copelandâ€™s delicate melody line and Harveyâ€™s fingerpicked chord/bass-run accompaniment. Use your slide where indicated to play the notes on the first strings, punctuating these notes with hammer-ons. The thumbpicked alternating bass line and connecting runs on the lower strings combine with the chords to create a rolling, almost banjolike sound.
Although itâ€™s a structurally complex song, â€śLonesome Weary Bluesâ€ť isnâ€™t hard to play, and it affords an opportunity to practice making clean, in-tune notes with your slide. The songâ€™s first eight measures are shown below.
Excerpted from Fingerstyle Blues Songbook
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