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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 Jun 05, 2019

Hi Rick !! thank you !! appreciate the advice as usual and i will tare of the chords !!

André

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Jun 05, 2019

Hi Aalt !! thank you ... but my problem was that my bends were" to the floor "out of tune , too much flat if you know what I mean , but thank you for your advice ... it s cool to me that people care !! 

Andre

Aalt
Aalt Jun 04, 2019

Hi Andre,

I'm not a teacher and not a very good player but in the past i had the same problems with the bends.

I think when you put the harp deeper in your mouth,  the bends (especially the bends on the 3 draw) are easyer to play, sound stronger and

have a better, richer tone. Give it a try, hopefully it helps, that was my problem with the bends and i solved it this way.

Aalt

halve zool
halve zool Jun 04, 2019

Hi Rick, awesome tune! What kind of amp are you using on this one?

Thanks, 

Joe

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 04, 2019

I'm not entirely sure, but I think it was a tweed, Fender Champ.

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Jun 03, 2019

Thank you Larry !! as usual , I appreciate your comments !! 

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Jun 03, 2019

Better!

I am jealous of your tongue flutters - like the one at the very end. I've been playing for 45 years and can not do it as well as you!

My only suggestion is to think of the chords you play in between the lead lines as rhythm guitar - in other words, it is supportive and should not be played as loud as those lead lines, bringing a more three dimensional sound to your playing....

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Jun 02, 2019

Hi Rick !! I think it s better with the bends then the other time .... any comments ??

André

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 04, 2019

Hey Andre! Great job on improving those bends, and memorizing the licks! And, just like Larry said - REALLY nice tongue flutter! Larry's also correct in suggesting that you play the rhythm chords mo softly. Overal, great job!

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Jun 02, 2019

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.

 
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