Los Lobos "Evangeline" intro- where do you play it?

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  1. TelZilla

    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

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    Los Lobos, "Evangeline", off their first record. It's 1-4-5 (ish) in D.

    Where do you play the intro lick? Thne rest all kinda flows from there. I've sort of come to two different spots:
    1. The major pent based on the d barre chord built off of the 5th fret A string root (mostly between 7th and 9th fret
    2. based on the cowboy chord D

    I believe I managed to attach some vids (at about 60% tempo- hey I'm just figuring it out. Kinda makes it sound like T Bone Walker)
    7th-9th fret (with inadvertent double-stop)

    Cowboy Chord


    They both feel a bit awkward to me under the fingees, especially the hammer on to the F#/Gb.

    Is there a more economical way to play it?
     
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    Looks like option 1:

     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    MANY new, different licks feel awkward.....until you've played them a bunch.
    I can remember first learning Every Breath You Take, and I probably played it a hundred times before it became comfortable. (and another hundred times before being able to sing and play the "licks" at the same time)
     
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    Those first couple records are like an encyclopedia of guitar fundamentals. For that genre, anyway.
     
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    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    Hah! Funny you mention this one. I remember trying to learn the riff many years ago, and after a few tries I just thought "Nope, not worth it". And I left it at that. :-D
     
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    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

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    You can tell Andy Summers is a jazzer at heart. Really great parts.
     
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    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

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    True. I remember seeing them at The Vogue in Indianapolis in the 90's (many more times since), and, holy crap, they can play. I mean the songs are the thing, and David Hidalgo has a great voice, but until you see them live, you don't realize how 3 guys (Louie Perez, Cesar, and David) can all melt your face.
     
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    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

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    This is really true, with the exception of many Keith Richards licks. I can remember learning Brown Sugar when I was 15 or whatever in standard tuning, and It was a liuttle weird and never sounded right.

    Then about 3 years later somebody showed me Open G (this was way pre internet, thigs travelled by word of mouth), and I was like, wait, that sounds perfect, and its SO MUCH EASIER.
     
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