Vanishing Tutorials – Knock On Wood by Eddie Floyd
This Vanishing Tutorial is Knock On Wood by Eddie Floyd. Also at the bottom of the page you’ll find some notes on Duck’s core vocabulary:
Some Notes On Core Vocabulary
The device this bass line is built around is the R-6-5-3. I filmed this six years ago – i know that because I’m sat down and I only ever filmed tutorials sat down when I injured my leg. Which was 6 years ago.
If I was filming this today on most of these sections I’d slide into the ‘6’ from the ‘5’. This is a core piece of Duck Dunn vocabulary. For instance check out Duck’s line on the verse of 634-57-85:
Have a listen to this section from Duck’s line on Sweet Home Chicago – I’ve annotated this one so you can see the different ways he uses R-6-5-3:
That’s a great illustration of Core Vocabulary….three very different songs, the same device used at different rhythmic levels and in different ways.
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