A Download-Only Single Song Lesson
Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor can be traced back to the 19th Century, but it has been a standard of the folk and blues revival for over 50 years. It has been recorded by numerous artists through the years, including Mississippi John Hurt’s famous version (called Ain’t No Tellin’) from 1927, as well as renditions by Big Bill Broonzy, Jelly Roll Morton, Brownie McGhee, Odetta, Doc Watson, David Bromberg, and dozens more. It is one of the standards in the repertoire of fingerpickers and is a wonderful song to learn.
John Hurt’s seminal version is played it out of the C position, but Happy’s arrangement is in E (capoed to G). In this first lesson, he methodically breaks down the basics with a crash course in alternate-bass fingerpicking and adding hammer-ons, a bass walk, a flat 4 chord and some great runs that can be applied to other songs out of the E position. He teaches a syncopated E chord lick that can be used in many songs and will add to any player’s bag of tricks.