Gatemouth Brown - Dollar Got the Blues - slow
Gatemouth Brown - Dollar Got the Blues - full tempo
May 22, 2018
Dollar Got the Blues - Clarence Gatemouth Brown
This week’s lick has some “chickin-pickin’,” often used by Gatemouth Brown. It’s from the intro to Dollar Got the Blues, off of his 1981 Rounder Records album, Alright Again (Rounder 2028). Gatemouth was a great, jazzy and funky blues player, who we lost in Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. He is worth having in your music collection. He could play anything, from Albert Collins’ Frosty to Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train.
When you play the staccato notes (with the dots on top of the noteheads) of the chickin- pickin’, you have to really cut them short, to get the “clucking” sound, and then you briskly jump off of the 1/16th note before the 1⁄4 step micro-bend. Just listen to the audio and you’ll hear it, I’m sure.
It’s all from the Bb minor pentatonic scale, with the exception of the G note (2nd string, 8th fret).