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    Default Did Mississippi John Hurt really invent alternating bass thumbpicking?

    I read that years ago that Mississippi John Hurt had made the claim that he basically invented the alternating bass thumbpicking he uses in all of his tunes. Could this be true? or was someone doing this long before he came around (he first recorded in 1928 I believe)

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    Blues is folk music; styles & tunes evolved informally across the generations. So it's unlikely any one person invented any one technique.

    You may know this, but many USAmerican Blues musicians are surprised to learn that bottleneck is West African, for example.

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    There's an old tradition to making this kind of claim .
    Muhammed Ali knew it well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie chitlins View Post
    There's an old tradition to making this kind of claim .
    Muhammed Ali knew it well.
    Cassius Clay was truly the first rapper I ever heard. But I'm white and was raised in Jim Crow culture. And the roots of rap are African. Not sure that's what you meant, Charlie...just my own free association

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    Signifying...
    Telling folks you're the greatest or invented this or that.
    It's a way of knocking folks down a peg that used to be more good-natured and less offensive than it is now.
    Being a Bluesman was more competitive then...or perceived to be.
    Dave van Ronk had a story about belting out Hoochie Coochie Man at a festival...giving it his all because he knew Muddy was there.
    When he asked Muddy how he liked it, Mud said something like, "That's supposed to be a FUNNY song, son."
    Now...there's an element of hyperbole and bragging in that song, but I SAW Muddy sing it, and there was nothing funny about his performance!
    He bumped Dave down a peg in that way he was accustomed to doing.
    Listen to Little Richard!
    I AM the architect of Rock and Roll! Jimi Hendrix was MY guitar player...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie chitlins View Post
    Signifying...
    Telling folks you're the greatest or invented this or that.
    It's a way of knocking folks down a peg that used to be more good-natured and less offensive than it is now.
    Being a Bluesman was more competitive then...or perceived to be.
    Dave van Ronk had a story about belting out Hoochie Coochie Man at a festival...giving it his all because he knew Muddy was there.
    When he asked Muddy how he liked it, Mud said something like, "That's supposed to be a FUNNY song, son."
    Now...there's an element of hyperbole and bragging in that song, but I SAW Muddy sing it, and there was nothing funny about his performance!
    He bumped Dave down a peg in that way he was accustomed to doing.
    Listen to Little Richard!
    I AM the architect of Rock and Roll! Jimi Hendrix was MY guitar player...."
    Gotcha, Charlie...And Jelly Roll Morton invented jazz...

 

 

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