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Rick and I play Little Walter's Mean Old World. Lots of "warbling" in this one, both in the fills and the solo. I play this for the most part with the pursed lips embouchure but will show you the occasional spots where I use tongue blocking. As I constantly remind you, sing the parts so they're fixed in your mind in order that you anticipate the correct notes and sound to come out.

Bb harp in key of F.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Jerry Portnoy
Rick Russell
Little Walter
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 @ 0:12 intro & 1st verse fills

loop @ 1:40 solo

loop @ 2:58 ending

loop @ 0:12 song



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Rich G
Rich G Jan 24, 2013

Hi Jerry,

I noticed that, too, I think it might come from the fact that I am recording on my laptop with the Snooks Eaglin version coming from my IPad. I will certainly try again after you go through the song and create the backing track.

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Jan 24, 2013

Hi Rich,

The sound on your video of "Mean Old World" seemed to cut in and out. I'd like to hear you try this again with Rick's forthcoming backing track after you listen to my breakdowns of the intro, fills, and solo.

Rich G
Rich G Jan 22, 2013

Hi - here is my attempt at Mean Old World.  In this case I am playing along with Snooks Eaglin's version which is in E. I'm playing my new Hohner Crossover (which I really like) in A.

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Jan 18, 2013

Hi Rich,

Glad you like it. Intro, fills, and solo coming up.

Rich G
Rich G Jan 18, 2013

Great song!  I love playing it.  Now maybe I'll learn to play it right.  Thanks Jerry and Rick.

Preston Jan 17, 2013

Great Performance and a Great Song to learn.... 

Jerry I Recorded Big Boss Man your earlier lesson... its in the General Section of the Forum I hope you have a look and let me know what you think... Thanks ;)

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