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Statesboro Blues

By Willie McTell - Digital Sheet Music (Leadsheet)

Statesboro Blues

By Willie McTell - Digital Sheet Music (Leadsheet)

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Statesboro Blues sheet music by Willie McTell
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Statesboro Blues by Willie McTell - Digital Sheet Music (Leadsheet)
Willie's recording career began in late 1927 with two sessions for Victor records, eight sides including "Statesboro Blues." McTell's earliest sides were superb examples of storytelling in music, coupled with dazzling guitar work. All of McTell's music showed extraordinary power, some of it delightfully raucous ragtime, other examples evoking darker, lonelier sides of the blues, all of it displaying astonishingly rich guitar work. McTell was born in Thomson, Georgia, near Augusta, and raised near Statesboro. Willie was probably born blind, although early in his life he could perceive light in one eye. His blindness never became a major impediment, however, and it was said that his sense of hearing and touch were extraordinary. His first instruments were the harmonica and the accordion, but as soon as he was big enough he took up the guitar and showed immediate aptitude on the new instrument. He played a standard six-string acoustic until the mid-'20s, and never entirely abandoned the instrument, but from the beginning of his recording career, he used a 12-string acoustic in the studio almost exclusively. Willie's technique on the 12-string instrument was unique. Unlike virtually every other bluesman who used one, he relied not on its resonances as a rhythm instrument, but, instead, displayed a nimble, elegant slide and finger-picking style that made it sound like more than one guitar at any given moment. He studied at a number of schools for the blind, in Georgia, New York, and Michigan, during the early '20s, and probably picked up some formal musical knowledge. He worked medicine shows, carnivals, and other outdoor venues, and was a popular attraction, owing to his sheer dexterity and a nasal singing voice that could sound either pleasant or mournful, and incorporated some of the characteristics normally associated with White hillbilly singers.
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Title:

Statesboro Blues

By:

Willie McTell

Instruments:

Guitar Voice, range: A3-A4

Scorings:

Leadsheet

Original Published Key:

F Major

Product Type:

Musicnotes

Product #:

MN0045156

Price:

$3.25
Includes digital copy + 1 print. Each additional print is $1.99

Number of Pages:

3

Lyrics Begin:

Wake up, Mama, turn your lamp down low

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By:

Willie McTell

Additional Performers:

The Allman Brothers Band

Taj Mahal

Number of Pages:

3

Form:

Song

Instruments:

Guitar Voice, range: A3-A4

Scoring:

Leadsheet

Original Published Key:

F Major

Product Type:

Musicnotes

Product #:

MN0045156

Tempo:

Slowly

Metronome:

q = 124

Styles:

Country Blues

East Coast Blues

Piedmont Blues

Prewar Country Blues

Acoustic Blues

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Composer:

Willie McTell

Lyricist:

Willie McTell

Date:

1929

Publisher:

Peer International Corporation

Product Type:

Musicnotes

Product #:

MN0045156

Lyrics Begin:

Wake up, Mama, turn your lamp down low

From the Albums:

Crossroads: Music of the American South

Definitive Blind Willie McTell

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