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Chicago Shuffle


Performance & Introduction

This time out I've got Rusty Zinn with me playing a Chicago-style shuffle in the all-american key of E. In this performance/introduction-to-the-content lesson video, after Rusty and I play the piece, I outline some of the musical devices and strategies that I'll address in this series of lessons.

Rick Estrin

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Blues
key of E
A Harp
Little Walter
Chicago Blues
Rick Estrin

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

loop 0:00 Performance

loop 2:04 Introduction and Artistic Approach 

 

 

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andre loiselle
andre loiselle Dec 30, 2018

Thanks Rick and Larry !! by the way Larry ... just write English please ... i ll do the work to translate ... because when you put I don t know what to translate ?? It s not really doing the "trick" in French ... and thanks for the explanation !!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Dec 30, 2018
Even the four hole bend is flat...try bending down very slowly to find the full range available. When you hit the "bottom", that is usually a quarter tone too flat.

Même le coude à quatre trous est plat ... essayez de vous pencher très lentement pour trouver toute la plage disponible. Lorsque vous frappez le "fond", vous obtenez généralement un quart de ton trop plat.

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Dec 30, 2018

Hey Rick and Larry !! you re right when I bend on the 2 and 3 hole ... I m Flat !! it s amazing how pros like you can ear things loll ... i ll have to work on these .... but on the other hand .... I ll have more control of the phrasing that you do Rick on a lot of songs in SJ whit the 2 and 3 hole that Really amaze me !! hope you have great holidays ?!! 

André

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 30, 2018

That's important stuff to learn! And don't feel bad - I didn hear all that stuff in my own playing right away either!

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Dec 20, 2018

Thank you Larry !! I appreciate ... sometimes English it s not that easy to find the core of the "story" to me ... and when it s about harp ... I really want to understand !! thanks again !!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Dec 20, 2018

Andre - I will guess that you are French....if so,

 

Très bien, André. Je ne sais pas depuis combien de temps vous êtes là, mais il n’est pas rare que les élèves essaient «juste un peu trop fort» ou utilisent «juste un peu trop de force» dans leur jeu. Au fur et à mesure que le temps passe et que l'on s'y détend, on s'aperçoit que beaucoup peut être accompli avec moins d'effort. Un "dire" est que vous pliez "au sol" toutes vos notes créées par la technique de pliage. (Cela contribue à ce que Rick a dit à propos de la note de 3ème trou créée par votre technique de pliage). De plus, je ne sais pas qui essaie de vous faufiler de votre côté droit, mais s'il s'en va, vous n'aurez pas à regarder aussi vite par-dessus votre épaule droite ...;>)
andre loiselle
andre loiselle Dec 20, 2018

thank you Ivan !! I liked the whole thing that you did ... congratulation !!

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Dec 20, 2018

Thank you Larry !! English is not my first language and i m not sure to really understand the "essence" of your comment ... I understand that I have to play with less effort and I will ... so if it s not too much ?? could you write it in another way because I really want to understand and I really appreciate that you take time to comment ... Have a good day !!

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Dec 20, 2018

Thank you Rick !! I will pay close attention on the 3rd hole 

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Dec 20, 2018

Pretty good, Andre. I don't know how long you've been at this, but it is not unusual for students to try "just a little too hard" or use "just a little bit too much force" in their playing. As time goes on and one relaxes into it, one finds that so much can be accomplished with less effort. One "tell" is that you bend "to the floor" all of your notes created through bending technique. (This contributes to exactly what Rick said in regards to that 3rd hole note created through your bending technique).

Also, I don't know who is trying to sneak up on you from your right side, but if he goes away, you won't have to do that quick look over your right shoulder either... ;>)

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Dec 19, 2018

Hi Rick and others !! any comments ??

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Dec 19, 2018

ivan
ivan Dec 20, 2018

Wow Andre, I really like your tongue switch technique!!

ivan
ivan Dec 14, 2018

Rick! what about ... I'm really honored to receive such a nice appreciation, it encourages me to improve more and more. I hope to have the pleasure one day to listen to you live here in Italy! Thank you so much!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 20, 2018

Hey Andre - Great job overall! You really memorized all those verses, and you're getting a real good tone in general. The only problem is, I think you might be using too much muscle when you're bending that 3rd hole. You end up hitting it and bending it a little flat. Try listening to the pitch more carefully, so you can get those bends right on pitch.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Dec 14, 2018

Hey Ivan....you should teach, too. You got "street cred" and natural body groove movement....

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 14, 2018

Absolutely! - Ivan could teach if he wants - He can also perform if he wants.👍🏽

ivan
ivan Dec 14, 2018

 

Larry! thank you so much for this beautiful compliment, I greatly appreciated!

ivan
ivan Dec 14, 2018

ivan
ivan Dec 14, 2018

I tried to keep the same groove but it's anything but simple eheh! Thank you Mr. Estrin for this wonderful piece! Hope you like it😀

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 14, 2018

Hey Ivan! GREAT job -  in every way! The licks are there, the phrasing, you've got really good tone, you're right in the pocket - Excellent job!

Douglas Avery
Douglas Avery Jan 23, 2018

where do i get the backing track?

 

harvey kail
harvey kail Feb 14, 2015

Wow, I just discovered the backing track for Chicago Shuffle.  For some lame reason, I had assumed that there wasn't one, then I fouind it. What a  thrill to play along with Rusty, and try to end up at the same time and the same place.  Cool.

harvey kail
harvey kail Dec 12, 2014

Hey Rick,

i see that you have a new series of lessons coming to Sonic Junction, Sonny's Groove, so I had better wind up months (yeah, months) of work on Chicago Suffle, and move on. I can now play the tune, more or less, and I learned a ton getting here, from alternating between lip pursing and tongue blocking to keeping that groove animating my playing. It is a real challenge to get even with this piece, but very much worth the effort. Thanks, Rick!

mick soroka
mick soroka Jul 25, 2014

Like the way you come across with you musical philosophy on playing the harmonica in connected bits and peices.

It's giving me some hope.

Sincerely, Mick Soroka

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jul 31, 2014

Thanks Mick - You're right! The components have to be connected or inter-related so that the piece makes musical sense and tells a story - It's also broken down to bits and pieces because I think that's the only way I can explain what I'm doing. Great news about you getting more hopeful about your own playing!

 

 

Daniel James
Daniel James Jun 16, 2014

Wow! What a great tune! Rick you are my new King of Cool.

Will you be talking at all about your amp, mic, and settings?

Daniel James

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jul 31, 2014

Hey Daniel - The mic is an Astatic JT-30 with a 151 crystal element. The amp I used on this piece is an old Fender Champ. It doesn't have any settings - It only has off and on and volume, all on one knob - 

Boyd R
Boyd R May 28, 2014

Can you make a backing track

Mike Caren
Mike Caren May 30, 2014

Hi Boyd --- Yes, we will get a backing track made for this series of lessons.  It's a great tune and I think there is a lot of depth to it.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jul 31, 2014

Yes! Sorry Boyd - I should've thought of that at the time I taped this. I'm glad Mike is thinking along the eame lines. We'll definitely add a backing track to the lesson.

 
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