Being Waylon Jennings...any takers?

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  1. Steely_Ken

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    Just to satisfy you.
    Do not forget Ralph Mooney
    Take it Moon.
    Maxon Phaser here
     
  2. tele salivas

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    Not only is it great that you get to play with Tommy Jennings, but this is the very first I've heard of the out of phase wiring...I used to have my tele wired out of phase with a mini humbucker, and i loved the middle position sound! Only thing was, I missed the classic neck sound for some rythm things. Man, this makes a lot of sense now. I was wondering how that timbre, was had,,,was it the Fender Bassman? His fingers on those super skinny strings?(I now use .08s, thanks Waylon!). Just amp setting?. I could not get that timbre exact....I just tried this out of phase wiring on my tele today, and there it is!...this is a huge revelation to me, and I just had to say thankyou...Thankyou TeleJake89.
     
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    Ok... Waylon has been gone (RIP) for a decade now and people have been chasing his tone for how many decades now?... And this out-of-phase information is just now seeing the light of day on this site? That makes me laugh because I thought the "Waylon tone" topic had been covered as well as it could be. It just goes to show three things:

    1. The quest for tone never ends.

    2. We may never know how Waylon got his MANY MANY different tones... After all, did HE even know?

    3. Even if you do know... you don't have Waylon's hands.

    With that said... this is some good info to have!
     
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    Waylon is my favorite musician of all time.

    I've come close to this but I cant quite guit it right either.



     
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    couple ghost notes in there,stuff that he intentionally does not hit, great style which is what we all are noticing, but damn, his picking hand is fun to watch around 2:40 he starts to let loose on the same session for Cowboy Jack Clement Show. Gives us some hints at his lead style, picking and pulling off
     
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    killer video. thx
     
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    Being a huge Waylon fan I'll make my first post here.

    I'm impressed with all of the above observations!
    Here's my take on Hoss from reading his book and listening to live album.
    When playing his chicken picken rhythm style you have to hear Richie's Albrights bass drum. As said by Waylon it all started there at the bottom and built off of that. I haven't tried it but I almost think if one was to set a metranome to the bass drum when playing it would help alot. Listen to the end of This Time at the end and you will see what I mean.
    Also, a good video that I have found to be good for seeing how he plays his little licks throughout his rhythm playing is the video on you tube of Nashville Wimmen
    I found it interesting in the book that he doubted if he was a good enough guitar player to play on his own albums for a while after he quit drugs.
    Not to mention how much time he spent in the studio trying to get the right sound. I for one would have told him never to record in the studio and record it all live, and I've never liked live albums and still don't but his!
     
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    WGDJ, I agree with you on all counts. Waylon really learned how to play live! That doesn't mean that he didn't spend a fair amount of time on the porch playing as a youngin', but he learned how to pull it all together on the bandstand, and this really reflects in his style. NO other band and I mean NO OTHER BAND, could pull off that classic , boom bomp two step, two note see-saw county beat like the Waylors...Funny that producers would not let his road band('cept Mooney) record for so long, nor push that super low end that was their trademark. Wusses! Ritchie Albright and Mooney are two of the very best stylists to come along on their respective instruments. Not to mention a couple of road hellions. I can listen to ol Waylon any time, anywhere..never tire of his work from late 60's on through the early '70's.
     
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    Honky Tonk Heroes by Billy Joe Shaver-

    (Having trouble lining up the chords over the lyrics right, but they are pretty obvious changes...have fun, it's a good song for stand alone performance
    Intro: D D B7 B7 A7



    e -----------------2--2-------2--2----------2------2--2-------3--3----
    B -----------------3--3-------3--3----------0------0--0-------2--2----
    G -----------------2--2-------2--2----------2------2--2-------2--2----
    D -------------0---0--0---0---0--0---0------1------1--1---2---2--2----
    A --0--2---4----------------------------4--2----2--2--2---------------
    E --------------------------------------------------------------------

    A7 D D D

    Low down ...

    e -------0--0-------2--2---------------------------2--2-------2--------
    B -------2--2-------3--3---------------------------3--3-------3--------
    G -------0--0-------2--2---------------------------2--2-------2--------
    D -------2--2---0---0--0------------0--2--3--4--0---------0---0--------
    A ---0---------------------0--2--4------------------------------------
    E --------------------------------------------------------------------



    Verse 1:
    D
    Low down leaving sun, i've done
    G
    Did everything that needs done
    D B7
    Woe is me,why can't i see
    E7 A
    I best be leaving well enough alone
    D
    Them neon black nights, couldn't stay out of fights
    G
    Them keep a-huanting my memories
    D B7
    There is one in every crowd, for crying out loud
    E7 A
    Why was it always turning out be me


    Chorus:
    D
    Where does it go, the good Lord only knows
    G
    It seems like it was just the other day
    D B7
    I was down at Green Gables, hawking them tables
    E7 A
    And generally blowing all my hard earned pay
    D
    Piano rolled blues, danced holes in my shoes
    G
    There weren't another other way to be
    D B7
    For loveable losers, no account boozers
    E7 A
    And honky tonk heroes like me

     
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    Thanks for that, that track is a killer, the sound, the solo, the groove, the look, jessi...I bumped into it a month ago while looking at the Johnny Cash Special DVD and I can't get over it!

    Anyway, anyone know who was in his band at the time? Jessi of course, Richie Albright presumably, but who were the other Waylors ? Amazingly I couldn't find a line-up of the Waylors through the years.
     
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    9 yrs ago today. RIP Waylon.

    Some more of my thoughts on Waylon's leads.
    When Buddy Holly sent Waylon a bass guitar to learn before that tour Waylon had never played bass before and new nothing about it, and learned all Buddy's songs by ear. Later he stated after learning that the first 4 strings of a bass were the same as a guitar it all made sence.
    With that being said, if you listen or watch Waylon playing a lead he's basically playing base lines on the lower strings with a pick and plucking alot of the times in tandum with his middle and ring fingers filling out the chord he's playing the base line over.
     
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    Just picked up Waylon Live at JD's from amazon. This is really early Waylon stuff from the early 60's. This was made before the record deal and all the Nashville stuff. It has 27 songs on it, but it is a live recording and very raw. At one point you even hear a band member ask for a fly swatter. It's good to hear Waylon playing those twangy leads. Lot's of black and white pictures in the cd cover. Waylon had his Leather covered tele in most of them, but they're are a few where he is playing a sunburst strat with a rosewood neck. It's not the best live album in the world, but it's fun for a Waylon fan.
     
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    I certainly like his music. No matter who wrote the song, when Waylon played it,
    then it became his. My current favourite, and it isn't coming out of the rotation
    soon, is "Whatever Happened to the Blues."
     
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    Need to play that one again.

    Was in Mesa yesterday so I had top stop by and pay my respects on his grave, not the only who went there recently it seems :

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    And today I drove down the Apache Trail listening to "Dreaming my Dreams"...can't get much better than that can it!
     
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    I can't say I've captured his sound. I have done a few things on Waylon songs over the years, like tuning my high and low E down to a D on one song to get the extra strong D chord. Also tried bending the 2nd string behind the nut on a Key of A lick. It kind of fit one of his songs.
    Back in around 1968, a friend's dad drove us a couple hours to a Waylon concert. He played his tele through a Pro Reverb. His rhythm player used a Fender 12-string electric at least part of the time, if I remember right. Jack Greene opened for him. I sure wish I had that show on video. I remember Waylon joking about his drummer's long hair!
     
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    Seams fitting ten years later today,

    Capo 3rd fret
    Chords shapes

    C------------------F
    A vagabond dreamer, a rhymer and singer of songs

    c---------- ---F
    Singing to no one and nowhere to really belong

    C-------------- --F---------------- C
    I met a beautiful lady, a pure Southern belle of the ball

    c---------------- F
    Like Scarlet O'Hara loved no one and wanted them all

    Chorus:
    C------------------F
    I'll never forget you and love you inspite of your faults
    C----------------F
    The good and the bad I want to remember it all
    C--------------F-----------------C
    I did a new dance and you did your Tennessee Waltz
    C---------------------F
    The party's all over I came uninvited
    C-------------------G-------F
    I'm leaving and taking the belle of the ball

    There will always be someone I guess that's the way it should be
    I guess i should know that someone used to be me
    They'll gather around her soon they'll all look the same
    At the feet of the lady are lover's without any names

    Chorus.
     
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    This is not me. Just a video I found on Youtube.

    Waylon Jennings Guitar Lesson - Part One: Introduction

    This is the first part of a series of lessons on the unique guitar style of Waylon Jennings. Stay tuned for many more lessons. Requests are welcome and strongly encouraged!

    Sounds interesting if he ever puts up more lessons.


     
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    LONG LIVE WAYLON! We miss you hoss.
     
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