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Little Walter's My Babe - his best selling record. I'm playing his solo as close as I can. As always, listen to it repeatedly before you try to play it. Certain things are lipped and others are tongue blocked. Switching back and forth and pronouncing the phonetics are important to phrasing. Getting the right notes is just the starting point. See if you can hear those subtleties. Next week I'll give you some clues about some of the technique I employ.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Jerry Portnoy
Little Walter
Bb Harp
Key of F

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Bb Harp in the Key of F.


loop @ 0:45 whole song

loop @ 0:45 intro

loop @ 1:12 fill #1

loop @ 1:32 fill #2

loop @ 1:55 solo


My Babe . Little Walter


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Brian Brown
Brian Brown Jan 12, 2013

Love it!!! Great lesson Jerry.

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Nov 28, 2012

Hi Tommy,

Yeah, because I'm accompanying the singer, I can sometimes play while he's singing if I think it's appropriate though, for the most part, I usually just try to get in and out between the vocal phrases or weave around the singer's voice. When you're the singer, of course, you do that automatically.

Thomas Nov 17, 2012

Excuse me, I meant Rick....

Thomas Nov 16, 2012

Jerry.......That is one of my favotites for sur...Thanks much!!! My only question is cosidering the Walter version where he is singing the vocals and playing the harp; am I, if I plan to do the vocals, just adjust the timing of the harp response accordingly? I just noticed that on some verses, after Mike sings the line, you sometimes come in early with the harp response.......Thanks again....Wonderful lesson....Tommy Hutch

Joseph M
Joseph M Jul 31, 2012

Hi Jerry,

How about one day a lesson on Shoulda, Coulda &  Woulda. I Downloaded it on ITunes.

Even the Wife likes it!

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