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How to Play Give Me a Grandma Every Time by Hawkeye Herman (Guitar Lesson)


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Hawkeye Herman

Give Me a Grandma Every Time

Hawkeye introduces one of his original songs entitled "Give Me a Grandma Every Time." This song features many techniques taught in the Phase 2 Blues Series.

Taught by Hawkeye Herman in Songs with Hawkeye Herman seriesLength: 14:22Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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dougholderdougholder replied on March 6th, 2015

Hawkeye, you rock!! Great tune, which reflects the fact that as we age our concepts of what is attractive also change (nice that it happens that way). I am happy to say that I am still married to my first wife (we were childhood sweethearts actually), we have 5 wonderful grandchildren and my grandma knows what drives me wild. Definitely adding this to my repertoire but will give you credit each time I sing it (don't worry, no money changes hands when I sing I can tell you). I have followed your lessons in sequence and it has added immensely to my knowledge of the fretboard, the use of the slide and the pure enjoyment I get out of playing. Thanks so much. Doug Holder MD

pedlpedl replied on March 23rd, 2012

Dear Hawkeye, I like very much the idea of this song. I also listened to your song Im itching`. I think both songs make people feel good and smile. I think the grandma song is a good message to men over 50, dreaming of young women. I am still practicing elements from the lessons up to where You start with the botttleneck, and I am having a good guitar time. I have problems with the muting technique to use the heal of the hand properly. But most of all I think it is difficult to gain independence between singing and guitar. I wonder wether it would be good exercise just to read a text loudly and playing different patterns on the guitar at the same time. What would You recommend to do? Many regards, Peter

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on March 23rd, 2012

Thanks for your comments, Peter. I'm glad you're enjoying these lessons ... and appreciate the 'good feelings' of the songs ... as well as my 'tribute' to honor and appreciate older women, "Give Me A Grandma Every Time." ;-) Yes, it is difficult, in the beginning, to learn to sing and play the guitar at the same time. One should have the lyrics/text totally/completely committed to memory ... and have the guitar aspect also committed completely to memory ... in order for facilitation of doing both things at once. I suggest you memorize the lyrics faultlessly ... so that the lyrics/words come to you quickly and easily without error ... and you must do the same for the guitar playing/chords, etc. ... practice the guitar only until you can play it smoothly/evenly from memory. Only after you can sing the lyrics faultlessly and play the guitar aspect from memory ... can you then start to put the song together as a whole. It's is not easy doing two things at once; singing and playing the guitar ... and so the best way to learn how to d so is to break down the learning process into it's separate components ... learn the two aspects faultlessly ... separately ... and on then practice putting the two components together. Repetition is the key. It is very frustrating and difficult to learn to sing and play a song if you try to do both things at once from the beginning. You must be patient and learn each task separately. Once you can sing the lyrics without hesitation by themselves ... and you can play the guitar chords/aspect without hesitation by itself ... THEN you can practice putting the two aspects together. People who try to learn to sing and play songs without learning the separate components of each song first ... are setting themselves up for failure. Be patient, and practice each aspect of a song, lyrics and chords, so that they can stand alone ... before you try to put the two together into a whole. That's my advice and opinion. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

ronn60ronn60 replied on March 21st, 2012

Hi Hawkeye...I am trying to learn "give me a grandma every time" I am having trouble with the bar chord you are playing toward the end of the song.. looks like you are barring the 5th fret. What chord is that and is there something else instead of the bar chord that I could use? Thx, Ron..fellow hawykeye fan too

ronn60ronn60 replied on March 21st, 2012

ok....its an A7 barr chord...thx

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on March 21st, 2012

You've got it! I think you may find the tune at youtube.com, as well. Thanks for enjoying these lessons.

dannycdannyc replied on January 30th, 2011

Great! I have made it to lesson 30, (3 times into those lessons), it's coming together. This song spurs me to forge ahead. I also am starting to play chords in other ways, it's amazing what a difference that makes.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on January 30th, 2011

So glad to hear than you're progressing well and enjoying these lessons. Yes, playing different 'inversions' of the same chord(s) adds interest to the music for the listener and the musician ;-) Keep up the good workl!

cccbluescccblues replied on January 29th, 2011

I Love this song. I'm trying to learn the lead in the break part on your album any chance for some tabs on that? Still hope to see you on East Coast.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on January 29th, 2011

Thanks for the comments, Craig. Much appreciated. So glad you like the song. It's a 12 bar blues in the key of A ... are tabs needed for that? ... just play standard blues changes; A/D/A/A7/D/D/A/A/E/D/A/A ... and see if you can figure our the signature lick I'm playing ... which should be quite easy by using the video controls to stop/replay. I hope you'll be adventurous and try to figure it out ... ;-) Thanks again for enjoying these lessons and this original Hawkeye blues song.

skaterstuskaterstu replied on January 26th, 2011

Great stuff Hawkeye, please can you do more phase 3 stuff so that I can learn in tandem with your phase 2 stuff. To solo over this I know I can use A minor pentatonic scale, but I have heard that it is better to use scales for A, D and E when the chords change. Would I therefore just use A, D and E minor pentatonic scales to play over the appropriate chord... I really want to start combining rhythm and lead, and these lessons are perfect for that. Thanks!!

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on January 26th, 2011

Hi Stu. Thanks so much for sticking with my blues ‘program’ here ...and for enjoying these lessons. The JamPLay.com studios are in Colorado and I live on the West Coast ... I can only get to the JamPlay.com studios two or three times a year to tape lessons ... usually from 9 am to 5 PM with a break for lunch, for three days straight ... grinding out the lessons, without notes, one after the other. So, I apprecaite your request for more of my Phase Three lessons, and more are on the way ... but please keep in mind that I was last in the ‘studio’ taping lessons in late October, some of them Phase Three, and that JamPlay.com should have plenty of my lessons ‘in the can’ and backlogged for a few months to come ... when they start to reach the ‘bottom of the barrel’ ... they let me know and we set up a tim for me to fly out to Colorado to film more lessons. Okay ... so yes, you can play along with me on this song using the Am pentatonic blues scale ... and you should be using that scale to play along and express yourself the entire length of the fingerboard, not just at the fifth fret ... if you can do this in a facile manner ... then you might try ‘moving’ the pentatonic blues scale as the chords change ... ;-) ... let me know how it works out for you. Again, thanks so much for your kind comments and good questions.

stephenjstephenj replied on January 26th, 2011

how much I'd like to play for living and not also in my spare time...

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on January 26th, 2011

"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" a tourist asked a man on the street in New York CIty ... and the man answered, "Practice, that's how you get to Carnegie Hall!" Just keep enjoying the learning process and practicing ... you might find yourself fulfilling your dream of being a blues musician/performer. Have faith in your ability, don't get frustrated, be patient with yourself, progress at your own speed ... and enjoy the journey ... the music makes it all worthwhile, whether you only play for yourself/friends/family, or for thousands of blues fans ... the joy is in the process of learning more and playing the blues. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

barry12barry12 replied on January 26th, 2011

again hawkeye another fantastic lesson am really gettin into this. also i got a guild gadf20na with fishman pikup in it great small body guitar plays like a dream and great sound in it . plugged or unplugged. have a great day

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on January 26th, 2011

Yes, enjoy your Guild guitar and it's 'blues voice.' The more your learn/practice/play ... the better it will sound. ;-)

Songs with Hawkeye Herman

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Hawkeye Herman teaches classic blues songs.



Lesson 1

Death Don't Have No Mercy

Hawkeye teaches the classic song "Death Don't Have No Mercy" by Reverend Gary Davis.

Length: 23:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Baby What You Want Me To Do

Hawkeye teaches his interpretation of the classic Jimmy Reed blues song, "Baby What You Want Me To Do."

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Lesson 3

Give Me a Grandma Every Time

Hawkeye introduces one of his original songs entitled "Give Me a Grandma Every Time." This song features many techniques taught in the Phase 2 Blues Series.

Length: 14:22 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Length: 33:24 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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About Hawkeye Herman View Full Biography ""One of America's finest acoustic guitarists and blues educators."
Cascade Blues Association

"Herman plays with a sensitive, reflective touch that continually draws attention to his vocals, which are effectively understated and free of affectation... Herman can rock with the best of them. A solid choice for fans of traditional acoustic blues."
Living Blues Magazine

" ...plays haunting music on a mournful guitar."
Los Angeles Times

"The only thing better than hearing this live album is seeing Hawkeye Herman in the flesh. Whether adding his own spin to blues classics or offering his own songs, Herman is a one-man history of blues, noteworthy guitar player and inimitable communicator. Miss him at your peril."
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With over 40 years of performing experience, Michael "Hawkeye" Herman personifies the range of possibilities in blues and folk music. His dynamic blues guitar playing and vocal abilities have won him a faithful following and he leads a very active touring schedule of performances at festivals, concerts, school programs and educational workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His original music has been included in video dramas and documentaries and in four hit theatrical productions.

In 2000, Hawkeye was awarded Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for best original music in a theatrical production. "Everyday Living," Hawkeye's first nationally released album from 1987, now reissued on CD, features the late blues giants Charles Brown and "Cool Papa" Sadler, and established the demand for his now long-standing festival and concert touring. His latest CDs and DVD, "Blues Alive!" (CD), "It's All Blues To Me" (CD), and "Hawkeye Live In Concert" (DVD) have been greeted with rave reviews. Hawkeye's journalistic efforts have been published in numerous national and regional blues and music-related periodicals.

In 1998 he was the recipient of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for achievement in education. He served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation for six years. Hawkeye was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of fame in 2004. In September of 2005, Hawkeye composed, at the request of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), "Katrina, Oh Katrina (Hurricane Blues)," detailing the hurricane disaster on the Gulf Coast. The song was aired to over 7 million listeners on the popular "BBC Today" program. He is the cofounder of the Rogue Valley Blues Festival, Ashland, OR.

This musician has definitely carved out a spot for himself in the contemporary acoustic blues/folk field, and has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished artists in the genre, and audiences throughout the US/Canada/Europe have come to know and appreciate Hawkeye's talent, dedication, and captivating performances.

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