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Mississippi John Hurt’s “Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me”

This lesson is part of the course Blues Guitar with Orville Johnson.
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Become a complete blues player through these lessons in country blues fingerpicking, blues lead guitar, and bottleneck slide, with great technique lessons and blues songs from Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and more.
 
 
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In this lesson you’ll learn a fingerstyle arrangement of the folk-blues classic “Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor” inspired by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt. Orville plays the song through and then explains the guitar part phrase by phrase. He also explains how you can alter the lengths of some of the chords, depending on how you hear the song, something that John Hurt and other great blues singers and guitarists did all the time.
 
 
 
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Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me  
 
Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me  
 
Mississippi John Hurt’s “Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me”
Mississippi John Hurt’s “Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me”
 
Mississippi John Hurt’s “Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me” is a classic of fingerstyle blues guitar. It’s played in the key of C, although Orville plays it with a capo at the second fret, so it sounds in the key of D. He starts by playing and singing it all the way through and then summarizes what he’s playing: alternating bass on simple C, G7, and F chords, with the melody played on the treble strings. Then Orville walks you through the entire arrangement of the melody, showing you how the bass notes fit with the melody, even when the melody takes you slightly out of position. He also talks about how he abbreviates the arrangement when he’s singing, putting in some melody notes and leaving some out, and muting some of the strings to keep the guitar from ringing too much and create a more percussive sound under his vocal.  

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