Duane Allman – Little Martha – guitar tablature included for instructional purposes. Tune your guitar to open “D” – DADF#AD
Both Duane Allman and Dickey Betts played guitars on the original recording, so I had to take the liberty of combining both parts into a single guitar piece, while trying to retain the essence of each of their respective parts.
Before you download the tab below:
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That sounded beautiful – what my wife calls verandah music
(I don’t suppose you know “Pony Boy”)
Thank you. Still needs some work, but I didn’t want to wait. Patience isn’t my virtue.
Wow, haven’t played slide guitar since I was a late-teen. If I recall, that has two parts, slide dobro in open E, and a regular acoustic in standard tuning. I may pick up a slide and fool around with it, but can’t imagine it would sound half-decent for quite a while.
Do you play any slide?
I have a good Greg Allman story. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
You certainly have my attention. I just stopped back by your blog and did a search for “Greg Allman,” but didn’t find it. Where is it hiding?
LOL It is a long story and was a long time ago. I wish I could recall all the stories he told me on that plane ride to Hawaii. That was just the beginning. LOL
wow…so cool!! I used to play piano …and drums!!!! I wish I have learn how to play guitar cus I found a lot of people can entertain people with a guitar…but you can never bring a piano or drum set with you:P….
Will come back from time to time..and sorry to drop my link in here…cus wordpress.com don’t wordpress.org log in!!!! weird!!!!
Yes I enjoyed it. So did others who reside in the household here. And I will continue to share. THank you!
Thank you kindly!
Hey Richard. Thanks for stopping by my website. Although I don’t play guitar, I do play the piano–got my Gr 8 conservatory years ago but can only play hymns now :). Still, it looks like from comments you have received that many people’s lives are touched by music. I really like the banner you chose!
This is beautiful! One of my biggest regrets: I don’t know how to play the guitar…
Thank you for taking the time to view and comment. It’s never too late to start.
In fact, I’m restarting as therapy following a couple of debilitating strokes. These posts are all made ‘after’ the strokes, so if I can do it, anyone can.
If you wish to start, and have any questions, don’t be shy. I’ll help in whatever way I can, and that would be useful.
I’m very sorry to hear about what’s happened to you! Hope you are doing alright at the moment! You’re right, it’s never too late to start! Thank you and… best wishes to you! Good luck with everything!
Getting better by the day. Thank you. And best to you as well.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I have a guitarist friend who will love your blog so I’m passing the info on to him.My ability in music is in listening or dancing.
Thank you for visiting. My blog will have a very narrow group of interested people, and perhaps your friend will be one, perhaps not.
But again, thank you.
I think in many ways that makes so much more sense. There are so many photographers and I’m trying to narrow my focus( no pun intended, well maybe a little). I think it’s wonderful to explore and share those things you’re most passionate about. Good luck with your blog!
Without anything to gauge it by, I don’t know how well I’m doing vs what the blog should typically do.
Irrespective, I’m happy with the progress as I’ll clear 17,000 views before the end of the day. My first post was the middle of January of this year, and I had no idea what to expect, so this is okay.
During the next week, my Youtube channel will clear 50,000 views, so that is doing quite a bit better, but then again there are many more people on youtube than viewing wordpress blogs.
Great luck going forward!
Thanks, Richard! It sounds like you’re doing well!
Wow! Loved it! I have a piano but I’m just OK at it. Wish I had had lessons to hone my skills!
I too wish that lessons were a part of my past. I am completely self-taught, and it shows. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to make your exceedingly kind comment.
Richard you have a wonderful gift.
My mom always pushed me focus on studies more rather than things that I loved like literature and music. She wanted me to be a doctor. And I couldn’t do that for her, and ended up in a software engineering class.
Afterwards, I thought, what’s the point in doing something that doesn’t make me happy?! So changed my career and took up freelance writing as a career.
I love music, and can make up decent compositions in my head, but can’t play them out a well as I want. That brings out the What If thoughts, but I guess, I should try learning the technical side of music too (Can’t read the notes, I just have a sense of them when I’m playing, like I know when a chord sounds right, but I can’t tell you the name!)
And the pleasure is all mine! Will definitely be back for more of your music 🙂
It’s a small world, Ayesha.
All I wanted from a young age was to be a musician (actually, when very young, I wanted to be Roy Rogers, singing/guitar playing cowboy), and was not afforded the opportunity, and ended up designing semi and full-custom IC’s. Eventually, I built a world-wide semiconductor company and was fortunate to travel the world. Not as exciting perhaps as playing on a large stage for an excited crowd, but it’s what I had to work with.
Thank you once again.
What a great idea this is! I can’t wait to show Big D (my husband). He taught guitar for years. I’m sure we’ll visit your site often, and let others know about you as well.
Well thank you, but I doubt the few licks/solos and songs I’m posting would be of much interest to someone who taught guitars. But I do appreciate the visit and kind comment.
I showed him your video of “Little Martha” yesterday. We love your playing. Very beautiful!
You’re very kind, thank you.
I so wish that I NEVER STOPPED PLAYING the guitar, the piano and the tenor saxophone in middle school and high school!!!
Never too late to enjoy making music.
All my efforts to learn the guitar have been run into a block wall. My hands are just too small, fingers too short to reach most chords. Any suggestions besides “the rack?” 🙂
I love music and would like to be able to use it with my poetry.
There are a few relatively decent short-scale guitars available ranging in price from $100 for an inexpensive acoustic to $2000 for a short-scale Rickenbacker electric. They are usually four to five inches shorter in scale, and that makes all the difference. If you have any doubts, watch a video or two of John Lennon playing the Rickenbacker 325 in concert, and understand that they are quite capable guitars.
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Thank you kindly. I’ll work on that over the next couple of days.
Neglected to mention that I was born in Mankato, Mn., and spent my teen years in Lake Crystal, Mn. Have also taken the ride to Sturgis, and loved the area.
hey there! thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my most recent post:)) i’m just a newbie. and great blog that you have going on here! i enjoy watching my friends play, but i’m not good with the music stuff myself. i’m bad at coordination.
I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and respond. Regarding your post, I think most of us can sympathize with the rejection of someone who doesn’t look back. Having been on both sides, I think that a clean break is easiest, as it doesn’t prolong the agony. Either way, there is going to be pain, but it need not be needlessly extended.
Once again, thank you for stopping by.
Great video. You’ve done it again! My solos are getting stronger and stronger with each passing day. Thanks! Keep up the good work!!
Very happy to hear you are experiencing decent progress. Let me know if you have any questions.
The next solo coming out is going to be a blues/jazz influenced piece by Warren Haynes and Dickey Betts – Kind of Bird. Should be challenging.
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Hi Richard, I’ve only scratched the surface here. You have payed attention and liked a few of my poems- I know somebody reads them besides my friends, and the few odd poets I know. I also write verse, I swear it’s true. You write music. I’m looking for collaboration. Not money, not fame, I never sought more than an outlet with this blog to begin with, but it’s a great community, all the same. We both have similar musical tastes. Not everybody digs poetry, but, music is a Universal Language. I feel almost called to duty to draw attention to this crisis, the micro, and the macro, going on in our culture, grassroots here in our families and communities, and on that shining ball of blue we call our home. Contact me back if you are interested in trying out a tune, and seeing if I can find words to match.
That is quite an interesting proposition. Let me give it some thought. I’ve recently begun writing some new music, but I have words for them already, but I haven’t thought about collaboration and all that may entail.
Sounds Great! I have put the open call out to some local musician friends of mine. My daughter, in high school, sings like a songbird, she’s in Chamber Choir, and will compete in All State this year, if she makes it. I’m tone deaf, so they tell me, but it doesn’t stop me from singing. When you have a moment, please take a look at my post from April 2012, House of Cards. I’m not looking to put those words to music, however, it sparked the idea, and I embedded John Mellencamp’s performance for FarmAid 2008 of ‘Rain on the Scarecrow’. Our house was foreclosed in April by the banks too big to fail. I tried to renegotiate for four years. I am an almost 12 year civil servant, supporting three children on my income alone, and I paid that mortgage for 11 years- it was a modest house. The banks played roulette with our homes, with our shelter, with our lives, and walked away, without a blink or even a slap on the wrist. Virginia, my former state, has no judicial process. They just swooped in and took it.
Anyhow, I have many other ideas for much lighter subjects, too. I wish you well, you seem dedicated to your craft. I am passionate about mine. I hope you and I can start a correspondence.
All the Best,
really beautiful playing! i use open tunings, but not as creatively as you do. here’s a link you might enjoy, a friend of mine gives blues guitar lessons to a 6-yr-old — this is a cute and sweet video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvPiArjpsZk
That was cute. About the same age that Santana and Joe Bonamassa started.
really? so cool!
really? i like the guitar teacher, rob abate, he and i are an “item” i guess you’d say!
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Richard, first I would like to thank you for stopping by and perusing my site. Much appreciated. Secondly, I think you site is great for new guitarist and old alike. I don’t play, however, I do play the piano and and trumpet and flugel horn. But as you can tell my passion is the pen and paper is my canvass. I enjoy painting an illusion or an allusion of metaphors into my poetry. I find it cathartic as I am sure you find playing the guitar. They take us away from the mundane and everyday happenings of life and hopefully elevate us to a higher plane. Stop by and visit anytime post a comment and by all means share my page with your friends. I have once again found a voice and medium to share my poetry.
Thank you, I enjoyed your post, and look forward to more.
Soothing, like iced tea on a hot summer’s night in the South. Beautiful.
Thank you Stacy.
Sipping coffee at a harbor-side coffee shop – this was just the thing to make me smile!
That sounds delightful. I’m happy to have been brought along! B ^ )
Thank you for stopping by.
Absolutely – my pleasure!
I could listen to that all day long, beautiful.
Well thank you. Most people are unaware that this is the only song written by the phenom guitarist before his untimely death at age 24. We can only wonder about the kind of beautiful music he may have written had he lived.
Being from Georgia, of course I love the Allman Brothers music… 😀
Wanted to thank you also for stopping by my blog… I appreciate your time so much!
I enjoyed your blog. I realize my licks and solos will have limited interest beyond those trying to learn them, but appreciate the time you spent stopping by and commenting.
Have a great evening.
Thank you for your kind comment! B^)
great! you are very talented. have you recorded any music before? thanks for liking my posts by the way. i see you are a seasoned blogger. all the best with this!
Your comment is overly generous, but I thank you all the same.
Not sure I was all that talented before I experienced the strokes that made me want to rededicate myself to overcoming the crippling effects of the strokes, but I am quite sure that I don’t play as well now, as prior to them.
But again, thank you for your visit and very kind comment.
it sounds great to me 🙂 i once started learning and realized it takes time to become good at it. perhaps should try again. do you have any recommendations for a newbie?
Recommendations could only be made in the context of your goals.
What kind of music you want to play. The amount of time you are willing to dedicate to learning and practice. The level of ability you wish to achieve, such as: strumming basic chords to sing along, finger picking, chord melody, advanced soloing, jazz style, etc.
Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoyed your performance and am amazed that these are post stroke performances. How does music help in your recuperative therapy?
The pleasure was certainly mine.
Thank you for your visit and kind comment. Initially, I was told I had perhaps three months to live, they expected a final, large stroke. There was loss of control in my left arm and hand, as well as significant memory loss.
As I was regaining physical and mental abilities, I knew that I wanted to play guitar, but thought it unlikely.
Music helped me have the drive to practice playing guitar, which in turn, was great therapy for my body and mind.
I credit music, along with family, friends and my dog, with creating the quality of life necessary to want to go on when I had no reason to believe I would survive.
In the end though, surviving was truly a result of amazing doctors and willing pharmaceutical companies. I was allowed access to drugs that were in trials for which I didn’t qualify due to my terrible prognosis. My doctors fought to gain the right to use the drug combinations that have kept me alive.
edit: Something is oddly wrong with the word-wrap here in my comment…
Good morning Richard. I interview people with varying professional and personal experiences for my blog. Would you be willing to write a post about your life before and after. It can be in multiplepmultipleparts if you like? If you prefer, I could provide interview questions.
I cannot post directly to your query, so I am doing it here. I notice that word-wrap is failing here in our last two comments, not certain the problems are connected.
Regarding your question, I’m not sure. It’s one thing to briefly explain my situation in comments, quite another to do as you are asking.
How far back, and how detailed would you be considering?
I’ve been out of business for a decade, but built several companies, one of them was an international semiconductor design/mfg company with 3.5K people, so the story, in that regard, is crazy.
I was able to do that in part, because I was severely bipolar, and capable of working 2-3 days stretches without tiring. So, you can imagine the difficulties inherent growing up as a child who rarely slept, and was out of step with family/friends.
The reason I mention all this, is like most people, my life was complicated, and I’m not sure I want to relive it. A few years ago, I rejected an offer to do a book.
Somewhere in my late 20’s, I was doing a deal in the Philippines with members of the new government following a coup, the deal wasn’t going well, and they told me they could have me shot before I could make it to the airport. It was that kind of experience, related to others, that made the book deal come about.
I’m also not certain I want my life picked apart. I was one of the youngest people to ever be president of a major semi company, and that was also pushed at me for a while to get me to sign a deal.
So, what is your background in this regard? Do you have examples of interviews you’ve done so I can see the kinds of approaches you’ve taken in the past?
What kinds of questions, how much detail etc.?
Because I’m bipolar, and we tend to have grandiose thoughts, people sometimes, and quite naturally, question the veracity of some of my claims.
A few of my old cards: http://i.imgur.com/9SNXt.jpg
After the fall of the wall in Berlin, I was asked to help the Russians in their attempts to raise dollars. http://i.imgur.com/NXdL9.jpg
That should be sufficient to move our dialogue along. Although I am posting it here, I would prefer that you not use my information without permission.
Irrespective of the outcome, I appreciate your interest.
P.S. I don’t define myself by my bipolar disability, nor my strokes. Just parts of my life experience.
We probably had message formatting issues because I was replying from my mobile.
Your journey is what I am interested in sharing, so you the portion of your story that you are most comfortable sharing. The fact that you have built so many companies, may help us to focus on entrepreneurship. What in your life prepared you for it? What were the challenges? Why did you keep building? etc.
Just give it some thought. In the meantime, some interviews I’ve done have been primarily professional as you will see on the executive interview page. Others are based on life experiences as you will find on the Interests->Travel and Adventure pages. For instance, one interview I have coming up is with a marathoner. I’ve already interviewed a skydiver.
I’ll check into those a bit later this weekend, and get back to you.
Wow! where is a good website to get sheet music? do u know?
I transcribe everything I do, by ear, so I am sorry to have to disappoint you. But thank you for stopping by!
your very welcome! you must have excellent trained ears then
I wish I had stuck with my guitar lesson when I was 11.
There is nothing wrong starting at any age. Would you be a bit down the road with it by now? Sure. But imagine how well you could play ten years from now, if you started today.
I have a sister named Martha. This song is so beautiful, like her loving spirit.
How very cool for you, and her.
Hi Richard I am an admirer from Scotland, very impressed with your lesson ” little Martha”.
Could I ask, is it possible to do a lesson on Chris Smither’s version of ” killin the blues”. It is a tune in open D similar to “little Martha”. I have been trying for a year and struggling to progress. After watching your lessons, you give me hope.