Rick Estrin

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Chicago Shuffle

Verse 2 - I and IV Chord

I cover a lot of stuff this week - We're back focusing on the groove - I talk about tongue blocking vs lipping. I address the use of the 3rd hole blow a little and get sidetracked, ruminating on some my own personal feelings about the harp.



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Chicago Shuffle

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:20 Run-Through of First 8 Bars (I, IV and I)

Loop 1:15 Breakdown of 1st 4 Bars (I Chord)

Loop 3:00 I Chord Slowly

Loop 3:28 Keeping Time and Breathing with the Rhythm

Loop 6:22 Slow Practice Loop of Whole Riff




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Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura Mar 02, 2015

Hi Rick, Forget the question about counting in your head , you explained that later in the lesson! 

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura Mar 02, 2015

Hi Rick, on verse 2 chord I and IV are there any articulating sounds that you use? An example would be wa, cwa, gwada. tee,. in other songs. Also do you count out the beat in your head? It seems like you are using your breathe "off the harp" as part of the piece, is that correct?  Thanks for the help... I'm really trying to get the groove.





Daniel James
Daniel James Jun 11, 2014

Hello Rick! Thank you for another marvelous series of lessons and for sharing your many gems of how to be a musician and performer. I am not only learning so much from you, but I really enjoy your entire lessons. You have such an engaging AND entertaining style.

I do have a question about this specific lesson. I'm sure you answered it, but I wanted to make sure. This part of the song is all lip pursing isn't it? It has a lot of bounce and punch, so I keep thinking you are tongue blocking. But during part of the lesson you mention you are doing it with your lips for added articulation. Am I hearing you correctly?

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 15, 2014

Hi Daniel - I'm real glad you're enjoying/getting some benefit out of these lessons. I am lip pursing on the first two holes in this section. At one point during the lesson, I demonstrate the section tongue blocking just to show that it can be done and that it can be made to sound nearly identical using either technique. When I'm lipping, I'm "slipping" the 1 draw in for an instant as I'm about to play the 2 draw to simulate the effect of tongue blocking.  Thanks again and feel free to ask me any time you'd like some clarification.

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