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Just a few comments on "She Moves Me" regarding some of the licks, where I switch between tongue blocking and pursing, the value of repetition, the function of fills in setting up the singer etc. A Harp.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
Muddy Waters
Jerry Portnoy
A Harp
Little Walter

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Background listening: Muddy Waters: She Moves Me

loop @ 0:01 solo

loop @ 1:58 intro breakdown

loop @ 4:02 intro (playing only)

loop @ 7:18 fills and playing with a singer

loop @ 9:04 solo breakdown

loop @ 10:55 ending 




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Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Dec 07, 2012

Hi Steve,

You should definitely go through the "Masterclass" lessons to start. This will give you the basics of solid technique and help you gain control of the instrument so that you will be equipped to then attempt to play the songs with proper attack and phrasing. Some songs are fairly simple; others require a good amount of technique and sophistication to really play them well and have them flow. You can jump around. Pick the ones you like.

Stephen Hansen
Stephen Hansen Dec 07, 2012

Thanks for your response Jerry.  I am planning to sign up for the lessons.  One other question I have is about the order of the lessons.  I see them all laid out along the right hand side of the page.  Looks like the basics are near the bottom of that list.

I have played for many years but am self taught.  I found three or four of the lessons on youtube and went through them last night.  I never realized how much I don't know but have always wanted a better tone.  The tounge slap was totally a new concept to me.

I guess I can figure out that one should start at the bottom and learn the tecniques.  Is there a recomended order for learning the songs?  If not, I would probably move into the ones I recogniize and like the best.

Thanks for any advise you have on this.  I really enjoyed the sample I got yesterday.  Your lessons are great!

Steve Hansen, Seattle

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Dec 07, 2012

Hi Stephen,

Wow! Good catch!! I never even realized it. The original and the performance video were done on a Bb harp, but when I went to do the lesson video I must have inadvertently grabbed an "A" harp (which is my usual default key). When I get a chance I might redo this lesson. Thanks for catching this and bringing it to my attention.

Stephen Hansen
Stephen Hansen Dec 06, 2012


I am thinking of signing up.  One thing I don't get is the clip of the song is played with a bflat harp which is noted in remarks.  The lesson seems to be played in a different key with an A harp.  I am suprised that this is not explained or noted. Aug 26, 2012

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Mr Portnoy for sharing your time and wisdom. Beautiful.


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