Hi Everyone -
I am so glad to be back here on Sonic Junction. Today I’m bringing you a little tribute to the sounds and techniques of an artist who is incredibly significant to the history of blues harmonica playing…not to mention one of my favorite artists and biggest influences: George “Harmonica” Smith. My George Smith tribute entitled “Lookin’ Sharp” incorporates all of his trademark sounds and techniques, including octaves, vibrato, effective use of repeated riffs, and lots of tremolo.
This tribute is also unique in that we will be utilizing not only 2nd position, but also 3rd position, which George really helped to evolve for generations to come. This is in the key of A, with a minor feel on the I chord, using a D harmonica for 2nd position, and then a G harmonica for 3rd position in the second portion of the song.
I hope you dig it!
- Dennis Gruenling
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Key of A
George Harmonica Smith
D Harp and G Harp in the Key of A
Loop 0:00 Introduction to George "Harmonica" Smith
Loop 4:23 Lookin' Sharp - Full Song
Loop 4:23 Intro and First Verse
Loop 4:57 Second Verse
Loop 5:23 Third Verse
Loop 5:49 Fourth Verse
Loop 6:15 Fifth Verse
Loop 6:41 Sixth Verse
Loop 7:07 Seventh Verse
Loop 7:33 Eighth Verse
Loop 7:59 Ninth Verse and Ending