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Mean Old World

Intro Breakdown

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Here's the breakdown of the intro for Little Walter's "Mean Old World". This starts on the five chord and involves warbling while tongue blocking (something we haven't done before) and a slide from 3 draw to 1 draw that requires precise bent notes as you go from the third hole to the second hole. Be sure to click on the link to Little Walter's original version.

Bb harp in key of F.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Jerry Portnoy
Rick Russell
Bb Harp
Key of F
Mean Old World

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

loop @ 0:01 Jerry and Rick playing the Intro

loop @ 2:10 tongue blocking section

loop @ 2:36 lip pursing section, bend and slide

loop @ 5:38 turnaround and finishing warble

loop @ 6:55 whole intro slowly

loop @ 7:29 whole intro at tempo



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Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Jun 28, 2014

Yes, I'm playing with my tongue at the start.

Daniel James
Daniel James Jun 28, 2014

Jerry at the very beginning, you sound very percussive. Are you toungue slapping those first few notes?

Biscuit Mike
Biscuit Mike Jan 26, 2013

I'll work on those

Thanks for All your feedback


Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Jan 26, 2013

Nicely done! The last three notes before the final warble are a bit staccato but, really, a very good job.

Biscuit Mike
Biscuit Mike Jan 26, 2013

My attempt at "Mean Old World" Intro slowly


I tongue block everything except the 1 hole

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