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Chicago Shuffle


Verse 1 - I and IV Chord

In this lesson we begin learning the piece by going over the I and the IV or first and second change of the first verse. Some of the musical devices and components contained and addressed in this lesson are glissandos, rhythm chords, bends and (as always) groove!

Rick

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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:15 Run-Through at Tempo

Loop 1:43 Run-Through Slowly

Loop 2:36 Breakdown of I and IV Chord

Loop 4:50 Bending the 4 Hole Draw on the I Chord

Loop 5:30 Bending the 3 Hole Draw on the IV Chord

Loop 6:37 Review

 

 

 

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Massimo Di Tullio
Massimo Di Tullio Apr 12, 2017

Happy Easter Maestro. Thanks for your music and thank you to share. I am a novice coming from classical music(...yes I read music sheet). I hope in a very far future to play one tenth of the"Chicago Shuffle" you play beautifully. I like to share a memory. I had a very close friend of mine who was a top classical violinist and was impressed by pop and folk  musicians "I  studied music, they only have the talent". I remember  told him "Oscar Peterson cannot read music" and he replied  "Evidently he does not need it".

Massimo Di Tullio
Massimo Di Tullio Apr 08, 2017

Elvis had a black Ventura. Secret agents in "men in black" are equipped with it. A watch for very special people. Greetings from Italy.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 08, 2017

Thanks Massimo - I never saw Men In Black, but I'll have to check it out. Of course I've seen lots of photos of Elvis - He definitely had a lot of style - Especially in the '50s! I'll have to look more closely for a picture that shows his watch.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Apr 07, 2017

Yes. Rick AND Rusty Zinn are real afficianodos of cool vintage wrist watches!

Massimo Di Tullio
Massimo Di Tullio Apr 07, 2017

It is a gold Ventura electric watch. Is' nt? Maestro.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 07, 2017

It's a Hamilton. Maybe the model is Ventura, I don't know. I just liked the look.

Boyd R
Boyd R Mar 09, 2017

I think it might good if i get back in this tune, and work on it

 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Mar 09, 2017

Cool. Let me know how you're digging it!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Oct 30, 2014

Harvey...if you are consistently blowing out 5 hole inhale, you are trying to bend it down "through the floor", or exceeding the force necessary to bend and stressing out the reed.

Revisit your technique and lighten up a bit. It's not force, but finesse.

harvey kail
harvey kail Oct 30, 2014

Thanks, Iceman.  Here's something interesting along these lines.  I realize that of all the A-Harps in my little pile of reed damaged harps--what an embarrassment--it is invariably the five draw that has given it up. I ruined one just a few weeks ago, and so I bought yet another A harp.  On this one, a Hohner Specal 20, I can bend the five draw in a TB position no problem.  It is actually fun to do.  So, I just think my technique is so erratic that it is dangerous to my harmonicas. Goes along with my playing, I suppose, but I also have to say that developing my ability to bend with my tongue on the harp is making a huge difference in the range of what I can play.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Oct 30, 2014

re: bending while TB'ing...Harvey is having trouble with the 5 inhale bend. I have a different perception to what Rick posted in response.

 

I find that bending is instigated by a raising of the tongue - not at the front, but towards the back - in the area near where the tongue arcs up when you phoneticize "K".

 

You can keep the tip of the tongue on the harmonica a la TB and still raise that back portion of the tongue. It's finding the exact spot that takes a minute, but once you lock into it, the bend is easy.

Brian Menke
Brian Menke Oct 30, 2014

So much for the free lesson it says is provided on youtube. The subscription box keeps popping up. I am a member but do not have an active subscription. Feeling a bit mislead here. Not your intention Rick I'm sure its Sonic Junction and not you that is making this happen.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Oct 30, 2014

Hi Brian --- welcome back and sorry for the confusion.  

Yes, what you are experiencing is how we designed Sonic Junction.  The reason why the subscription box pops up is that you have previously taken your two free lessons --- so when you try and take this one, it is being counted as your third lesson --- and that is why we are asking you to join with a paying membership.  I can understand how it could be confusing and apologize for that.

The goal for the two free lessons is to allow people to check out the lessons and see if they are a good match in terms of what the Artist teaches and how they are teaching it. 

I hope the explanation helps and feel free to contact me directly through the Contact Us page if you have further questions.

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Brian Menke
Brian Menke Oct 30, 2014

Thank you for your response Mike. I write code for a living so I understand technically why this happened. What it didn't take into consideration is that I didn't take the two lessons, I may have clicked the link twice, but I had forgotten my password to log in so I ended up resetting it and then clicking again. Not a big deal. I have always found Sonic Junction to be a first class organization with good customer service, as your response shows :-)

harvey kail
harvey kail Jul 05, 2014

Hi Rick,

I'm just getting into Chicago Shuffle.  It took awhile to get the outro to Getting out of Town into my head. Anyway, should I assume that all bends in Chicago Shuflle (including that really tough one on the 5 fdraw) are done from a tongue blocking position?  Man, it is very hard to draw down the 5 with my tongue on the harp.  Any suggestions?

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Sep 09, 2014

I think oral focus is key to bending with your tongue on the harp. One tip I can give you is, when you're bending using lip pursing, the front of your tongue probably drops drops downward in your mouth. When I bend using tongue blocking, the back of my tongue goes down.

joe markey
joe markey Jul 03, 2014

Thanks Mike.  That helps a lot. Joe

joe markey
joe markey Jun 29, 2014

I see that he is playing a harp in the Key of E.  But my E harp sounds much higher.  What kind of harp is Jerry using? 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jun 29, 2014

Hi Joe --- Rick is playing an A Harmonica in the Key of E.  He's playing cross-harp.  The song is in the Key of E --- but the harmonica being used in an A Harmonica.

Hope that helps and enjoy Rick! 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Sep 09, 2014

Mike is correct. From now on, I'll try to remember to specify the position.

tim james
tim james May 09, 2014

ya done it again Rick!!!  cool as!!   cheers mate

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Sep 09, 2014

Thank you Tim!!! Hope you had/are having fun with it!

Boyd R
Boyd R May 09, 2014

this is really good

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Sep 09, 2014

Thanks Boyd! I'm real glad you like it - There're a lot of useful little devices in here!!!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" May 09, 2014

Hardly ever covered in most blues harmonica tutorials is that groove happenin' between the main ideas.

Of course we all want to nail the notes, but without that momentum (as aptly described by Rick), you will miss out on all the fun.

Nice watch, Rick, btw...

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Sep 09, 2014

Thanks Larry! Glad you dig the watch!!! (Great to see you last month BTW)

 
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