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Blue Strollin'


We're calling this tune "Blue Strollin'". The beat is what's commonly referred to as a stroll, so it has a triplet feel. Even though the groove is a little different from anything I've done previously on Sonic Junction, we'll be employing many of the same techniques and stategic devices we've already worked on in previous lessons. There are full step and half step bends, some time flexing, judicious use of 3 blow vs 2 draw and vice versa, some volume swells and, you'll have an opportunity to use some of the "trills" you've been working on with Dennis. One more time, the rhythmic feel or groove is of utmost importance - In constructing this piece, I left plenty of space where there's nothing for you to really do but feel that groove.

Have fun Blue Strollin' and I look forward to getting your comments and questions.

Rick Estrin




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Rick Estrin
Blue Strollin
Rusty Zinn

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:00 Whole Song

Loop 0:00 First Chorus

Loop 0:27 Second Chorus

Loop 0:53 Third Chorus

Loop 1:18 Fourth Chorus

Loop 1:43 Fifth Chorus

Loop 2:09 Sixth Chorus

Loop 2:34 Seventh Chorus

Loop 2:58 Eighth Chorus





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Kosta Jun 04, 2020

Hello guys! Hello Rick! 
I think it's time to make the first student result video for this Blue Strolllin' lessons at last. Resently got a looper pedal, so it's the first loop thing I recorded.
It's nice strolling thing and easy lisening and I think it is kind different from 'So Long'. Not only by tempo. (+2 additional section) but other aspects too. Thank you Rick for lesson. I tryed hard to be close to the original )  Would be glad to hear from you how far am I;)
Come on guys, make your videos. It's cool Blue strollin' thing!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 04, 2020

Great job of learning the song Kosta! Excellent. There're only two suggestions that came to mind as I was listening. Try relaxing a little more. Rhythmically it feels a little stiff. If you could relax into the groove more, it would improve the overall effect. The other thing I would ask you to do is to go back and listen to the way I use small bends to swoop and shape when drawing on the 3rd hole. Overall though, you're doing great! I'm impressed!

Kosta Jun 06, 2020

Rick, thank you for the fast and pleasant feedback! As for your suggestions
1. Relaxing . So it's a hard thing, when  you in front of people perfoming or record video. Coud you give advises how you fight the nervousnes and try to relax when you intertain?  Some tips? This theme is very important (Willy Dixon got a hole song about it;) but I am seriously. 

2. I think you mean such moments like the ends of similar phrases in second section (chorus) . On your perfoming video it is 00:29 , 00:44 on timing. You play the ends of phrases like you say "Hey" (or "Hi")   (is it ''swoop and shape'' you meant ?


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 11, 2020

1) The only method I know for dealing with nerves is to practice. When I know for sure that I'm thoroughly prepared, I'm not as nervous.

2) The "swoops" and "scoops" and "shaping" I'm talking about inthis case, mainly have to do with the 3 hole, draw and the way I use the bends on that hole. You have a really good ear - Go back and listen. Pay close attention to the way I'm using those bends.

Again, great job overall, AND, great job singing the bass line!

Stefan Harpsalot
Stefan Harpsalot Feb 17, 2019

Hi Rick! Great lesson, thanks very much.

What would you call this groove? It's not a shuffle, is it?


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 17, 2019

Glad you like it Stefan. I'd call this groove a stroll. I'm not formally schooled in music, so I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the "triplet" rhythm that goes with a stroll is formally known as a 12/8 time signature.

Stefan Harpsalot
Stefan Harpsalot Feb 17, 2019

Nice one! Just played it over some 12/8s and yes, that's the one! Thanks Rick!!

Gagi Aug 30, 2018

joe markey
joe markey Jun 19, 2016

Thanks Mike!

joe markey
joe markey Jun 19, 2016

Thanks for a great lesson.  Will you be posting the backing track? 




Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jun 19, 2016

Hi Joe --- thanks for the reminder.  Backing track is up.  That's Rick grooving with the snaps and slaps.  

It's the groove.

Boyd R
Boyd R May 05, 2016

This tune really gets in your head,love it

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner May 04, 2016

Thanks for the feedback.  It's the 5th chorus I was mostly referring to.  It's happening pretty much the way you describe it.  I'm getting it, only on certain holes and I can't completely sustain it, but enough for me to feel that it's possible. 

joe markey
joe markey May 01, 2016

I look forward to working on this lesson  Quick question:  What to you call the bass backing - is it a 6 bar (1-4-5) format?   Thanks.  Joe

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 03, 2016

It's a 12 bar 1-4-5 - It's normal blues changes, but with a slightly atypical rhythmic feel.

Eric C Rodenberg
Eric C Rodenberg Apr 29, 2016

I'm fired up for this lesson!!!!! Thanks Rick

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 03, 2016

I'm glad to hear you're excited about it. I think it's a cool groove,

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Apr 29, 2016

Yay Rick!  Another Beaut!  There's one chorus, (maybe 5 or 6) where there is some very pronounced vibrato.  I hope you'll speak to how you developed such a clear, strong, beautiful one.  I've been doing nothing else for a week and could use some tips, or at least encouragement :)




Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 03, 2016

I'll have to listen to see which verse it is, but in general, my vibrato is generated from my throat. It's hard to describe how it occurs, but Jerry Portnoy says it's similar to a shallow, voluntary cough. This is probably falls under the category of encouragement more than help, but what happened with me when I developed my vibrato was, I just kept trying to produce that effect with my throat - practicing and practicing until finally, one morning I woke up and I could do it - and it was just automati. Good luck. If you're like me, there'll be some frustration along the way, but if you focus and don't give up, I promise you'll get it.

Paul W
Paul W Apr 29, 2016

It's Friday evening, I just walked in the door from work, saw the email & you two gentlemen just put a big smile on my face!  Really enjoyed it, thank you...& looking forward to the lesson...how many takes did it take?

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 03, 2016

I can't remember exactly - I think there were a couple aborted takes before this one.

Boyd R
Boyd R Apr 29, 2016

That's really  great lesson's coming up. Sounds great

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 03, 2016

Thanks Boyd - I think you're gonna dig it.

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