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Hi Sonic Junction -

Rick Estrin back again. This time we'll be working on a slightly uptempo piece I called "Bo Dee's Bounce". It features amplified Chicago style harp and it's played on an A harp in the key of E. This tune is actually a version of an instrumental I put together for our brand new Alligator CD. The album won't be officially released until mid-September, but here on Sonic Junction, you're getting a general preview of how this tune goes. I'm employing lots of devices we've worked with before - vibrato, swells, split chords, burrs or growls, octaves, and intentional slop - all served up with a whole lotta groove.

Learning this piece can also be instructive for understanding how to construct an effective instrumental. Notice the way I'm fitting the successive verses together - It's what I call making apparent sense, or what's more commonly known as, telling a story - musically speaking. I hope you enjoy the performance, and next week we'll begin to really get into it!






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:00 First Verse

Loop 0:21 2nd Verse

Loop 0:37 3rd Verse

Loop 0:54 4rd Verse

Loop 1:10 5th Verse

Loop 1:26 6th Verse

Loop 1:41 7th Verse

Loop 1:57 8th Verse

Loop 2:13 9th Verse





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Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Aug 11, 2019

Hey, how about a close up of the watch you are wearing here?

(Some of us besides Rusty are into vintage watches, ya know!)

Aside from that, if anyone learns this complete song, they will totally understand how to use 3 hole inhale in all of its possibilities (except for 3 hole inhale third bend), how to solo off the 2 hole inhale alone, how to break that feel of 4/4 ocasionally into a triplet instead, as well as repetitive shorter linear ideas over different chords and how this works merely by changing one note slightly within that line.

I'd call this a Master Class lesson in everything int/adv!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 11, 2019

🤣 - There's also some good conjunctive  use of 2 draw with 3 blow. 

Douglas Avery
Douglas Avery Aug 11, 2019

Seems to be in the beginning a lot of 1 draw 2draw 3drawnotes would that be correct? And is the whole piece Tb or is there any puckering in the piece? Great Music 🎙🙏👌🛸

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 11, 2019

I'll be trying to break down exactly what I'm doing as we get into the lessons. I'm pretty sure I'm tongue blocking the whole thing, but there may be a time or two when I lip on the 2nd hole - I honestly can't say for sure. I do know that the whole piece can absolutely be played with your tongue on the harp and that it would be very difficult to replicate most of it lipping.

Douglas Avery
Douglas Avery Aug 11, 2019

Thx it’s all about the groove 🔥🔥🛸🛸🙌

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Aug 10, 2019

Will do. 

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Aug 10, 2019

Awesome tune Rick!  Thanks again or sharing.  I'm planning to see you next Friday night at the Chenango Blues Fest - glad you made it out east!


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 10, 2019

Glad you like the piece, Bill - Be sure to come up and say hi in Chenango.

joe markey
joe markey Aug 10, 2019

Rick, Thanks for another great lesson and performance.  What mic are you using? 

Thanks.  Joe.  New York

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 10, 2019

Hi Joe, it's an Astatic JT-30. I got it from Mark Overman. He's one of the top harp mic customizers in the world. You can look him up on fb  

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