Here’s links to a few of my favorite MM tunes. I’ve noted where I think she’s playing-what position and what key. In conjunction with the tunes I show on my homespun DVD The Blues Guitar Styles of Memphis Minnie, you should be able to figure these out with a little study.Never figured a tune out? Watch this for some tips:
9 Killer Diller From The South Feb 26, 1946 (I’m not sure if this take is from that date-there’s another more acoustic take- but this one is rocking! Also note the youtube pix are of Josephine Baker not MM)
G6 tuning (DGDGBE)
Spanish or open G tuning (DGDGBD)
14 Crazy Crying Blues January 30, 1931 This is also one of the most expressive vocals in recorded blues. Notice how the vocal vibrato (an effect Minnie seldom used) is in sync with the guitar part-perfect!
19I Don’t Want That Junk Jan 30, 1931Playing out of A but capoed to D. Both of ’em!
21 Use Good Judgement Feb 6, 1939
22 Bumblebee Feb 17, 1930 There are a bunch of different recordings of this one-her biggest hit. It was so popular they wore out the masters.
23 Don’t Bother It Feb 9, 1931 (top guitar is in E, bottom guitar is capoed at the 2nd fret and playing out of D)
27 Dirty Mother For You January 10, 1935 They’re in Eflat-guitar is tuned down a step playing out of D