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Ray Price, Night Life (1963)

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by ndcaster, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    just wanted to put this here (woodshedding on Buddy Emmons), a quintessential honky tonk album from 1963, you can find it all on YT

    1 Night Life
    69 bpm 4/4 swing ballad in D

    2 Lonely Street
    94 bpm 4/4 shuffle in Bb

    3 The Wild Side Of Life
    115 bpm 4/4 shuffle in G

    4 Sittin' And Thinkin'
    99 bpm 4/4 shuffle in G

    5 The Twenty Fourth Hour
    108 bpm waltz in F

    6 A Girl In The Night
    115 bpm 4/4 shuffle in Bb

    7 Pride
    132 bpm 4/4 shuffle in D

    8 There's No Fool Like A Young Fool
    110 bpm 4/4 shuffle in F

    9 If She Could See Me Now
    124 bpm 4/4 shuffle in G

    10 Bright Lights And Blonde-Haired Women
    118 bpm 4/4 shuffle in Gb

    11 Are You Sure
    100 bpm 4/4 shuffle in Gb

    12 Let Me Talk To You
    90 bpm 4/4 blueberry hill rhythm in Ab

    by the way, if that Gb surprises you, consider that Merle sang Today I Started, Lonesome Fugitive, and The Way I Am in Gb -- good key for baritones
     
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  2. aerhed

    aerhed Tele-Meister

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    Ray Price fan since Buchanan's Live Stock album.
     

  3. Leon Grizzard

    Leon Grizzard Friend of Leo's

    Mar 8, 2006
    Austin, Texas
    The Nightlife intro has been the subject of much discussion. Although the original Ray Price recording only went through the intro chords once, it is so cool that a lot of people play it twice. I learned it as:

    Dmaj7 Fmaj7 Bbmaj7 A7 | Dmaj7 Fmaj7 Bbmaj7 A7

    I knew the last chord should be IIb/I# of some sort but a solid V7 makes it easier for some singers.

    Buddy Emmons gave this as the intro (he oughta know, right?)

    Dmaj7 F9 Bbmaj7 Ebaug11 (Dmaj7)



    Steel Guitarist Greg Cutshaw teaches it like this.

    D F7 Bbmaj7 Eb7#11 | D F7 Bbmaj7 Aaug7
     
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  5. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    there are a zillion slick steel moves in that song

    the whole record sounds fantastic -- great drum sounds, great (Dano?) bass sounds, great steel sounds, incredible singing

    dim lights, thick smoke

    it's all there
     
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  6. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Poster Extraordinaire

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    One of my favorite albums....also one of my first.
     

  7. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Holic

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    Great song. Ray Price was one of the great interpreter of country music.
     
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  8. Leon Grizzard

    Leon Grizzard Friend of Leo's

    Mar 8, 2006
    Austin, Texas
    So what the good grips for Eb7#11 and Eb+#11?

    Or other guitaristic ways to play the intro?
     

  9. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    ok, here's how I hear the Emmons intro

    this ain't "guitaristic" -- I'm throwing this out there for the sounds

    the melody in the soprano is easy to hear

    the bass notes are easy to hear: D > F > Bb > Eb > D

    it's the inner voices that are crazy to replicate in standard tuning guitar, but here goes

    -1-2-3-4
    -
    -
    -
    -
    xx4255 = Dadd9


    -1-2
    -
    -
    -
    -
    xx-10-10-8-5 = Fadd9 this is the craziest stretch


    ---3- (played with index finger)
    -6 (played with middle finger)
    -
    -
    -
    xx8765 = Bbmaj7


    ---3- (played with index finger)
    -6 (played with middle finger)
    -
    -
    -
    x6x663(slide to 5 with index finger, then back down to 3) = Eb9alt


    x54222 = Dmaj7


    and some chords for the verse:

    Dmaj7 x5767x
    Eb9/Bb 6x5666
    D13 xx4557
    Ab7-5 4x453x
    Gmaj7 3x443x and walk the top note D, E, F#, G (all quarter notes)
    C13 xx2335 and walk the top note down and back up: A Gb G A (all quarter notes)

    etc
     
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  10. haggardfan1

    haggardfan1 Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2014
    down every road
    Thank you so much for this thread. Ray Price was perhaps the only vocalist that guys like Hag and Willie looked up to in their sunset years.

    Jimmy Belken, Merle's fiddle player during the Big City era, worked for Ray awhile. I wish someone could tell me if Jimmy played any of those instantly recognizable intros or turnarounds..
     

  11. Leon Grizzard

    Leon Grizzard Friend of Leo's

    Mar 8, 2006
    Austin, Texas
    Thanks, ND. I'll try those out, and try to post the way I've been playing it.
     

  12. chezdeluxe

    chezdeluxe Poster Extraordinaire

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    Please indulge me a little here. The best track on B B King's best album.

     
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  13. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    some confusion there in his band on the last bar of the bridge -- they're mortals, like us!

    BB smokes the bridge of course

    verse chords I hear in Ray Price 63 are:

    Dmaj7 Eb9/Bb | D13 Ab7-5 | Gmaj7 / G6 Gmaj7 | C13 / %9-5 %9 |

    Dmaj7 Bmmaj7 | E9 A13 | 1. Dmaj7 F9 | Bbmaj7 Eb7+ || 2. Dmaj7 | % ||

    some grips:

    D13 = xx4557
    Bmmaj7 = 7677xx <- this is a very cool color

    to keep the common tone in the soprano in that Bbmaj7 > Eb7+, you could go:

    6xx765 > x6x665

    the bridge, roughly:

    D | % | % | % | G | D | % | A |

    I think it's Grady Martin playing the guitar there? is it heresy to say those aren't his best blues licks? BB King takes the roof off that bridge by comparison
     
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  14. Teleguy61

    Teleguy61 Tele-Afflicted

    Night Life steel part by Buddy Emmons is an all-time classic part that every steel player should learn.
    Played on the C6th neck, with that double-drop low string on the turn-around in the middle of the tune.
    Genius--just plain genius.
     

  15. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    cool intro to There's No Fool Like A Young Fool from the same album

    intro (* = let ring)

    -12*------11
    ----15-13-12--11*
    -----------------14-12
    -----------------------15
    -
    -

    (there are bends to the following notes that are probably too much of a pain on guitar, so play:)

    ------6--5
    4-5----------8--6
    4-5---7--5
    -------------8--7
    -
    -

    -
    -6*------6
    ---------5
    -7-5-7-6
    -
    -

    verse
    F % C % C % F %7
    Bb Bdim F D C % % F %

    chorus
    C % F % C % F %
    Bb Bdim F D C % % F %

    repeat intro with rhythm section
    verse
    chorus
     

  16. Leon Grizzard

    Leon Grizzard Friend of Leo's

    Mar 8, 2006
    Austin, Texas
    Here's how I would play the Night Life intro, two times through, with my newfound understanding to play F7 rather than FM7. I like the DM7 instead of D; I'm keeping that. I can't actually grab the Eb7#11 (same as A7#11, right?), but maybe I'll get it after some practice. Or just stick with A+7 like I show at the end of the second time. We don't have the sustain on guitar so I repeat the top note. I broke the tab up like that to try to avoid it wrapping. Let the chords sustain.

    Code:
    
     DM7                F7
    -----|-5-5-5-5----------------------8-
    -7-8-|-7-------7-8--10-10-10-10-----8-
    -6---|-6------------8------------10---
    -7---|-7------------10----------------
    -5---|-5------------8-----------------
    -----|--------------------------------
    
    
    
     BbM7        Eb7#11 (A7#11)
    -5-5-5-5-----5----
    -6-------6-8-4----
    -7-----------6----
    -8-----------5----
    ------------------
    ------------------
    
    
    
           DM7 F13
    ---5-|---5-10-8-----
    -8---|-6---8--------
    -----|-6---8--------
    -----|-7---10-------
    -----|-5---8--------
    --------------------
    
    
     BbM7        A+7
    -5-5-5-5-8-6-5-----
    -6-----------6-----
    -7-----------6-----
    -8-----------5-----
    -------------------
    -------------------
    
    
    
    
     

  17. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    What's Cindy Cashdollar say about this?
     
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  18. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    nice

    so to make my attempt more guitaristic, try the following chords

    x54255

    x87585 (you could pull off the 8 on string 2 to 6 on the same string)

    xx8765

    x6x665 (you could pull off the 5 on string 1 to 3 on the same string)

    x54222

    play the melody notes to lead into each chord

    cheers
     

  19. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    wouldn't that be a gig ...
     
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  20. Leon Grizzard

    Leon Grizzard Friend of Leo's

    Mar 8, 2006
    Austin, Texas
    Okay. That first grip is hard. Why not a regular D69?

    X54455

    I really like your Eb7#11. Much better and easier to grab than the one I figured out.
     

  21. historicus146

    historicus146 Tele-Holic

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    Thanks Leon!! always good stuff....
     

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