I've read this post and thinking about this while playing a slotted headstock guitar I discovered that is really easy to raise the pitch of the B string to C pressing hard middle way between the peg and the nut. This because there is more space that allow my finger to push down .The guitar is a Lakewood M32. Maybe Blind Blake played a slotted headstock guitar ??
: I think the line is "You caused me to be
: blue." In any case, I think he's
: pressing hard on the second string between
: the nut and the peg that the string is wound
: around, raising the pitch from B to C. This
: hurts alot on any guitar I've used and yet
: doesn't raise the pitch sufficiently, so I
: don't recommend doing this. (Perhaps his
: setup allowed this, or maybe he had stronger
: and more calloused fingers than I do.) You
: may be able to achieve a sufficiently
: similar effect by using vibrato on the first
: fret of the second string, or by sliding up
: to the fifth fret on the third string.
: --Previous Message--
: Hello Ari,
: You guessed it: this is again a question
: about the playing of Blind Blake.
: Apart from the mystery how he can play like
: that in the first place, here's my specific
: question: somtimes BB seems to use a slide
: (maybe a ring he wears? You will hear this
: slided C-note for instance in Black Dog
: Blues: Black Dog, Black Dog, you caused me
: to weep and moan... and there it comes.
: Have you any idea how he does that??
: Peer van der Burgh.