In case you're interested, Ernie Hawkins does a detailed breakdown of the Reverend's "Can't Be Satisfied" on the Guitar Workshop DVD called The Blues Guitar of Rev Gary Davis. This has the same structure as the Reverend's "I'm Throwin' Up My Hand" song. Reverend plays it in standard A.
: Ari, I saw you warm up for Doc Watson in
: Philly, back in '86 or '87, I guess it was.
: That was the first time I saw you play. I
: didn't want to go out that night, I was in a
: very dark and gloomy place. But my friends
: made me come out, and I am so very glad they
: See, the wife had just taken the kids and
: run off with the best friend, and I was
: having a very hard time with that. If you've
: ever been there, then you probably know
: exactly what "I'm goin away; wear you
: off my mind" and "wringin' my
: hands and cryin'" is all about.
: No performance of any song had ever moved me
: so deeply, then or since.
: Needless to say I bought the album. And I've
: been, uhhh... well, 'studying' is probably
: not the best word to use, but I have been
: working from time to time on "What's
: The Matter With The Mill" and
: "Racketeer's Blues" and I've
: snitched a lick or two from "Hard Road
: Blues", but I've decided I might be
: ready to *really* study the one song that
: ever reached out and grabbed me when I
: wasn't lookin'...
: So let me start with confirming the basics:
: Is "I'm Throwin' Up My Hand" in
: Standard Tuning, Key of B (A position, capo
: 2nd fret)?
: Is there a TAB of your arrangement in
: existence, and is there any way I can lay my
: hands on it? That song moves so fast, and an
: Ari-authored TAB would be a thing of great
: Anyway, thank you for the inspiration. And
: if you're wondering how the whole
: ex-wife/ex-bestfriend/ex-kids thing worked
: out, my daughter looked me up as soon as she
: got old enough to escape her mother's
: clutches and I now have a 3 yr old grandson
: who likes to sit in my guitar case...
: But I will never forget how your rendition
: of "I'm Throwin' Up My Hand" made
: me *understand* what the Ragtime Blues are
: made of. Thank you.
: --Charles Henderson