Trouble In Mind (Guitar Lesson)


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Orville Johnson

Trouble In Mind

Orville Johnson teaches the classic blues song "Trouble In Mind" using a slide.

Taught by Orville Johnson in Blues Bottleneck Slide seriesLength: 21:37Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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StevefrikStevefrik replied on October 17th, 2016

Thank you! Fantastic teaching style looking forward to progressing more.

robertm90robertm90 replied on August 15th, 2013

I just wanted to say thanks Mr Johnson; your teaching style is the most effective I've found on this site. And you play fantastic tunes!

guitar grammaguitar gramma replied on October 2nd, 2010

Hi Orville, I just recently joined Jam Play. I was thrilled to see some bottleneck blues. Your lessons have been very helpful, you do a great job teaching. Thank you so much! Pat

hx31551hx31551 replied on April 26th, 2010

Greetings from Ireland, only just heard of Jamplay through Acoustic Guitar magazine. Orville you are the man! I am looking forward to spending some time on your tunes, keep up the great work. Regards CB

rarsenrarsen replied on March 12th, 2010

Holy Shit!!!! Your Performance was assume! Thanks, Uncle Joe

jaybirdjaybird replied on March 10th, 2010

Sweet lesson. I hope you continue. Thanks!!!!

seasonedcitizenseasonedcitizen replied on March 10th, 2010

Orville, you got me hook line and sinker. Whats the difference's between the glass slide and the steel slide. More songs! thanks, Bob.

sanctumzerosanctumzero replied on March 10th, 2010

Wow, I felt the blues there! This must be the chillest thing on JamPlay

dallendouglasdallendouglas replied on March 10th, 2010

Orville, I love this style,But useing the slide is trouble for me.any suggestions. I tend to push down too hard??

Orville.JohnsonOrville.Johnson replied on March 10th, 2010

You may be pushing down too hard, as you say. Your touch is very important in getting a good slide tone and you should play with just enough downward pressure to make a rattle-free sound but no more. Work with relaxing your left hand and see if that's helpful.

kenbkenb replied on March 10th, 2010

Brilliant! Thank you so much - I love your teaching style as well as the content. More please! Best wishes, Ken.

axisaxis replied on March 9th, 2010

Thanks Orville, another fantastic blues tune and great lesson. :)

Blues Bottleneck Slide

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Bottleneck slide guitar is a method of playing the guitar using a slide to mimic the sound of the human voice. The term slide is describes the sliding motion of the slide against the strings, while bottleneck refers to the original material of choice for such slides, which were originally chopped off necks of glass bottles. Using a slide can expand the aural diversity of the guitar and give another avenue for expressiveness.



Lesson 1

Bottleneck Slide Basics

Orville Johnson covers the basics of the bottleneck slide. He talks about the history of slide guitar, choosing a slide, and proper technique.

Length: 26:49 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 2

You've Got to Move

Orville Johnson uses his version of the traditional blues song, "You've Got to Move," to demonstrate proper slide guitar technique.

Length: 18:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Trouble In Mind

Orville Johnson teaches the classic blues song "Trouble In Mind" using a slide.

Length: 21:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Soul of a Man

Orville teaches a beautiful slide guitar arrangement of "Soul of a Man."

Length: 8:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Country Blues

Orville Johnson teaches the catchy tune "Country Blues" in a slide guitar style.

Length: 22:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

John Henry

Orville teaches the song "John Henry" using a slide.

Length: 22:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Sitting on Top of the World

Orville Johnson teaches a slide guitar version of the classic blues tune "Sitting on Top of the World."

Length: 23:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Guitar Rag

"Guitar Rag" was one of the first blues songs ever recorded. Orville Johnson teaches a slide guitar version of this masterpiece.

Length: 15:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Tampa Red Style

Orville Johnson explores the slide guitar style of Tampa Red.

Length: 18:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Mississippi Hill Country Style Part 1

Orville Johnson takes a look at Mississippi Hill Country style in open G tuning.

Length: 18:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Mississippi Hill Country Style Part 2

Orville Johnson takes another look at Mississippi Hill Country style, this time in open F tuning.

Length: 19:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Bottleneck Slide Techniques

Orville breaks down some of the more advanced bottleneck slide techniques such as string dampening and playing fretted notes behind the slide.

Length: 37:33 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Orville Johnson View Full Biography Orville Johnson was born in 1953 in Edwardsville, Illinois and came up on the St. Louis, Missouri music scene, where he was exposed to and participated in a variety of blues, bluegrass and American roots music. He began singing in his Pentecostal church as a young boy, in rock bands in middle school, then took up the guitar at 17,with early influences from Doc Watson, Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Chuck Berry. In the early 1970's, Orville spent several seasons playing bluegrass on the SS Julia Belle Swain, a period-piece Mississippi river steamboat plying the inland waterways, with his group the Steamboat Ramblers.

Orville moved to Seattle, Washington in 1978, where he was a founding member of the much-loved and well-remembered folk/rock group, the Dynamic Logs. Other musical associates include Laura Love, Ranch Romance, File' Gumbo Zydeco Band, Scott Law, and the Twirling Mickeys. Johnson, known for his dobro and slide guitar stylings and vocal acrobatics, has played on over 100 albums. He has appeared on Garrison Keilor's Prairie Home Companion, Jay Leno's Tonight Show and was featured in the 1997 film Georgia with Mare Winningham. His musical expertise can also be heard on the Microsoft CD-ROMs, Musical Instruments of the World and the Complete Encyclopedia of Baseball. He teaches as well at the International Guitar Seminar, Pt. Townsend Country Blues Week and Puget Sound Guitar Workshop.

Orville released 4 recordings in the 1990's: The World According to Orville (1990) Blueprint for the Blues (1998) Slide & Joy (1999) an all-instrumental dobro tour de force and Kings of Mongrel Folk (1997) with Mark Graham. He also appeared on 4 discs with the File' Gumbo Zydeco Band and produced Whose World Is This (1997) for Jim Page and Inner Life (1999) for Mark Graham. In the 21st century, he has released Freehand, a new Kings of Mongrel Folk disc, Still Goin' Strong, and been featured in the soundtracks of PBS' Frontier House and the Peter Fonda flick The Wooly Boys as well as the compilation cd Legends of the Incredible Lap Steel Guitar.

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