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Shake That Thing tab

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  • Transcribed from live performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-DcmRhT-Fk.

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Shake That Thing - Mississippi John Hurt 

 
e|-----------------|----------------|-------------0---|-1---0-----0h1---|-0-------------|
B|--0---0-3--------|-0---0-3--------|-0---0-3---3---3-|---3---3-------3-|-----0---------|
G|----3------------|---3------------|---3-------------|-----------------|---3---0-------|
D|------0------0---|-----0------0---|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0-|
A|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------|
E|--3-------3------|-3-------3------|-3-------3-------|-3-------3-------|-3-------3-----|

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


e|---3-----3-3---3--|
B|-------0----------|
G|------------------|
D|-----0-------0----|
A|------------------|
E|-3-------3--------|  


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greggerz 108 Aug 08, 2017 12:55 AM

Variation on the 2nd to last bar of the 3rd guitar break:

e|-3---0-----0-----|---3-----3-3---3--|
B|---------3-------|-------0----------|
G|-----------------|------------------|
D|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0----|
A|-----------------|------------------|
E|-3-------3-------|-3-------3--------|

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greggerz 108 Aug 08, 2017 01:33 AM

[First verse]

I bought my baby a diamond ring, Come right back home
Caught her shakin' that thing.
Baby shake that thing. Won't you shake that thing.
Well I'm gettin' sick and tired of tellin' you to shake that thing

[Second Verse]

One two three. Four five six.
Please don't leave me in this fix.
Baby shake that thing. Won't you shake that thing.
Well I'm gettin' sick and tired of...[Hurt drops rest of verse]

[Third verse]

Yes I got 'some call a wobble and whip
I got the elegant movement in my hip
Baby shake that thing. Won't you shake that thing.
Well I'm gettin' sick and tired of...[Hurt drops rest of verse again]

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greggerz 108 Aug 09, 2017 08:26 PM, edited on August 10 2017, 11:54 pm

This song is the first lesson in Stefan Grossman's book/recording "Shake That Thing: The Guitar of Mississippi John Hurt," and frankly, there are some issues in how the book presents it. Not only is the tab in conflict with most recordings by Mississippi John Hurt, but it doesn’t even match how Grossman plays it. A tab website called "Guitar Cats" offered corrected Grossman version, and that was the genesis of this version.This tab was created from what Mississippi John Hurt himself actually plays, and from what I think is the most common version. A clear YouTube copy of it is available as of the publishing of this tab at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-DcmRhT-Fk I believe the tab on Ultimate Guitar preceding this one is based on the same version, but I think mine is more precisely accurate to that recording. Of course, John Hurt probably played it differently at any given performance, so no version is absolutely definitive. This is one of the faster tempo John Hurt songs I've come across, and John's tempo increases slightly as the song goes on. (So understand, if you’re following him as he’s playing, it doesn’t get any easier than it does in the intro.) The 3rd, 4th, and 5th bars are the trickiest; I think the natural tendency play them in a swinging rhythm, but Hurt barrels right through them pretty fast and direct. Hurt also seems to hit the B string really hard.

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