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Solo, First Chorus

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Sloppy Drunk > Solo, First Chorus

Here's a breakdown of what I play for the first chorus of the solo on Sloppy Drunk. This is a John Lee Williamson song and I use some elements of his playing here. It behooves you to closely study him. His style is the foundation of blues harmonica. I could have replicated his version but just used elements of his playing in our adaptation.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Jerry Portnoy
Sonny Boy I
John Lee Williamson
Rick Russell
Sloppy Drunk

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D Harmonica in the Key of A.  Sloppy Drunk background listening: Sonny Boy I and Jimmy Rodgers

loop @ 0:01 first chorus of solo with Rick (12 bar blues)

loop @ 1:06 first riff from last week (I chord for first 4 bars)

loop @ 1:28 2nd and 3rd riff breakdown (IV chord for next 2 bars)

loop @ 2:40 review first 8 bars (note: bars 7 and 8 are played slowly at the end)

loop @ 3:13 remaining 4 bars (V chord, IV chord, and turnaround)




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