Jump blues boot­camp with Chris Cor­co­ran

Con­tin­u­ing our jour­ney back to the 1940s and 50s, we look at where jazz and blues col­lide to pro­duce one of mu­sic’s most ex­cit­ing for­mu­lae! The Tenor Of Tiny Grimes

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Tu­tor: Chris Cor­co­ran Gear used: Fra­mus Broad­way arch­top (with flat­wound strings) through a Honey­boy 5 amp

LLoyd ‘Tiny’ Grimes was an im­por­tant fig­ure in the jazz and R&B worlds. Born in Vir­ginia in 1916, he be­gan play­ing dur­ing the 1930s, adopt­ing the four-stringed tenor guitar as his main in­stru­ment af­ter an ini­tial foray into the world of mu­sic play­ing drums and piano. His ca­reer in jazz saw him play­ing with Art Ta­tum, Bil­lie Hol­i­day, Char­lie Parker and Cole­man Hawkins, to name but a few. In fact, we rec­om­mend that you rum­mage through YouTube to find the rare footage of Tiny duet­ting with Art Ta­tum in or­der to give you more of an in­sight into his style. Grimes re­mained mu­si­cally ac­tive up to the time of his death in 1989 and is re­garded as one of the true un­sung heroes of the jazz age.

As Chris men­tions here in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing video, Tiny’s choice of tenor guitar means that we reg­u­lar sixstringers might need to keep a care­ful eye on the po­si­tions in which Tiny plays on the fingerboard, ow­ing to the two bass strings – the E and A – not be­ing avail­able in the mix. Nat­u­rally, this won’t af­fect the ac­tual pitches so much, but the tim­bre could be dif­fer­ent if you’re aim­ing for 100 per cent ac­cu­racy.

Chris Cor­co­ran chan­nels four-string tenor guitar player Tiny Grimes this is­sue

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