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Here's the backing track for "Mean Old World". Follow Rick's count to play the intro on time. These backing tracks are very helpful for you to play the original parts or how I break down those original parts in context. Walter rarely played the same thing twice, though, and alternate takes of his songs demonstrate this. After you have mastered enough technique and knowledge of the instruments layout so that you can improvise on your own, you can come back to any of these backing tracks and put your own spin on things. It's also good for you to record yourself playing against them. That will give you a clear idea of how you sound and also what sections might need attention. Have fun.

Bb harp in key of F.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Blues
Jerry Portnoy
Rick Russell
Little Walter
Mean Old World

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Bb Harp in the Key of F. Background listening: Little Walter: Mean Old World 

loop @ 0:24 intro & 1st verse fills

loop @ 1:47 solo

loop @ 2:51 ending

loop @ 0:24 song

 

 

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Daniel James
Daniel James Jun 28, 2014

Oops. Re-read your comment, and seems I mis-read it before. You're saying I'm still engaged in the bad habit. Well thank you for the feedback and refocusing me!

Daniel James
Daniel James Jun 28, 2014

Thank you Jerry. In the past, I've been told I was lifting the harp off my mouth completely. So I've made some progress with the issue, but still need to work on it. 

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Jun 23, 2014

It seems to me that you remove the harp from your mouth, however briefly, between certain licks or phrases instesd of just sliding between the holes.This makes it sound choppier. If you correct this it should help improve the fluidity.

Daniel James
Daniel James Jun 19, 2014

It seems like the warbles could be a little longer?

Daniel James
Daniel James Jun 19, 2014

 Ok, a little more fluidity. Wow is it helpful to watch video of myself. I can't really hear myself while I'm playing. I can a little, but I catch a lot of errors when I listen to the play back. Thank you for the pointer on shaking my head. That really seemed to help with speed and smoothness, but my neck has to get used to it;)

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy May 26, 2014

Hi Daniel,

You're pretty close on the notes you're playing but, as you recognize yourself, there is a lack of fluidity. It should mprove with repetition and the resulting deepening of the muscle memory for those riffs. One thing: in doing the warble, try shaking your head instead of moving the harp. This tends to result in a smoother warble and it should be done considerably faster than the speed at which you're doing it. Good luck!

 

Daniel James
Daniel James May 21, 2014

 An attempt at the intro and first fills. Watching it, I notice I lack fluidity. But it is so much fun!

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Mar 28, 2014

Hi Boyd,

A little better on the timing- getting in and out between the vocal phrases. Still, the fills and solo need to be more precise. Persistence pays off. Glad you're sticking with it!

Boyd R
Boyd R Mar 23, 2014

Mean Old World

Boyd R
Boyd R Mar 23, 2014

Boyd R
Boyd R Mar 28, 2014

Thanks Jerry when you coming back

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Mar 11, 2013

Rich,

You have to listen closly to the breakdown and try, as best you can, to replicate what I'm playing. Your ability to do so will demonstrate that you are hearing it correctly and that you have the technical control to play what you hear - whether it be a song, solo, or riff that someone else has recorded or the music you hear in your head.

Tom Gilbertson
Tom Gilbertson Mar 10, 2013

Mike, thanks.  Yeah, I agree, of course, in a lesson its important to see the face.  I just got really frustrated trying to see what he was doing in these vids....( I may have actually reached out and shoved my laptop to the right trying to see his other hand......)

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Mar 09, 2013

Hi Tom .. you're right.  In future videos Rick is going to be framed just like Duke and Corey so you can see both hands.  

I do think seeing each other (the face) is important too. 

 

Hi Rich .. love it!   Especially the solo and ending riff.  

Tom Gilbertson
Tom Gilbertson Mar 09, 2013

How about showing Rick actually playing his guitar?  It would be really nice to see what he's doing with both hands.... no offense, but it doesn't help to watch his face.

Rich G
Rich G Feb 20, 2013

 
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