In this first verse of my piece, Blue Strollin', we cover a lot of ground, but the good news is, it's all stuff you'll have lots of opportunity to work on throughout the song. The "head" has us skipping around on the harp just a little bit and doing small variations on the initial lick. There's some tonguing for texture, some minimal venturing into the third octave on holes 7 and 8. There's also some "trills", bends, note shaping along with some cool use of space - In short, we'll be working with most of the stuff you want to have in your toolbox in order to make your harp playing sound like the blues.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp in the Key of E.
Loop 0:00 Rick and Rusty Playing the First Two Choruses of Blue Strollin'
Loop 0:55 Rick's Introduction to Blue Strollin'
Loop 1:50 Run-Through of First Verse Acoustically
Loop 2:22 Groove and Feel of the Tune
Loop 4:02 Breakdown of First Two Riffs on the I Chord
Loop 6:48 Breakdown of IV Chord Riff
Loop 8:07 Breakdown of Back to I Riff
Loop 8:53 Breakdown of V Chord and Turnaround
Loop 12:42 Closing Thoughts