Practicing 12th Street Rag?

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Practicing 12th Street Rag?

Postby Pickin Palmer » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:38 am

Over 20 years ago I met a young (then) gentleman from Dayton, OH online on the old ChetAtkins,com message board (before sons and daughters got involved in their dad's legacy (wink) - and, he said he played Chet style "a little." When we first got together the first tune he played was TWELFTH STREET RAG!! Me being the shy reserved guy I am, I whispered at FFF, "YOU PLAY CHET - A LITTLE?????" Well, we became the best of friends traveling back and forth to each other's homes to pick - (guitar and each other's brains) - and to CAAS, all the Western Kentucky events, and a few Tuck Raisors Fri jams at his garage on Belaire Ave in Louisville together for years - BUT, I never could master that un-syncopated lick in 12th Street no matter how hard I tried.

So, recently I thought I would bone up on a tune Chet and his sister Billy Rose sang in their early days - Confusin' - to see if my singing bass lady and I might be able to pull it off. It's kinda simple - like they have to be for me to get them - but, low and behold doesn't Chet throw that danged F 12th Street lick in his lead take... ARG! I've worked on it, AGAIN, a couple days, now, with no real gains...

Anybody got any ideas on how to more efficiently practice that little devil???

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Re: Practicing 12th Street Rag?

Postby Roger_Pratt » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:32 pm

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Re: Practicing 12th Street Rag?

Postby LMark » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:52 am

Palmer, whereabouts in the video that Roger linked? You've raised my curiosity. LMark
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Re: Practicing 12th Street Rag?

Postby Pickin Palmer » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:54 am

Thanks for that link, Roger. Mark/Roger - I know where the notes are and Phil does an amazing job playing them... It's the syncopation between the 4/4 thumb whacks and the triplet melody I can't get. I'm hoping to find somebody that actually had my problem when they first tried to play it, and somehow figured out how to work their brain into playing it....???

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Re: Practicing 12th Street Rag?

Postby Roger_Pratt » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:46 pm

Pickless Palmer, That lick was written by Rod Serling and is in the Twilight Zone somewhere. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Practicing 12th Street Rag?

Postby LMark » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:16 pm

Omit the pull-offs and play only the first and third notes of the triplets for a while? Add the pull-offs later? LMark
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Re: Practicing 12th Street Rag?

Postby Pickin Palmer » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:11 am

It's still like rubbing my belly and patting my head at the same time... But, worse... ARG! I'll keep trying... Has anybody got tab to this?

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