Rick Estrin

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Cotton Blend


6th Chorus Breakdown

This verse begins with a figure I lifted directly from Cotton. Around bar number five, it transitions into a cute little teaser on the 3 draw, probably inspired by Jr Wells. Then the verse gets darker and more ominous sounding as it returns to the I chord and moves toward resolution.

This verse and this set of lessons in general, is going to be particularly useful for learning where and how to apply the tools of textural and tonal contrast.

Next week we'll address this verse from the V chord on out.

Rick

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Blues
key of E
A Harp
Rick Estrin
James Cotton
Cotton Blend

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E. 

Loop 0:47 Run-Through of 6th Verse

Loop 1:27 Mic Technique

Loop 2:07 Breakdown of First Riff

Loop 4:08 Breakdown of 2nd Riff

Loop 6:12 Bringing the First 8 Bars Together

Loop 12:30 Closing Thoughts and Getting the Right Sound

 

 

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Boyd R
Boyd R Feb 17, 2016

This is going to take time,a lot of important stuff in here

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Feb 08, 2016

Thanks for shining a light on some of the things that make James Cotton's playing so powerful and unique.  He's long been one of my heroes.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 09, 2016

Cotton's got his own way of milking the maximum emotion out of the harp. He always gets to me in a big way.

Eng.rodrigues@clix.pt
Eng.rodrigues@clix.pt Feb 05, 2016

Hi Rick you are a fantastic and inspirational person and player , and last week I made 1000 miles to have this Astatic JT 30 / MC 151 . Not so easy in Portugal ! Believe me . Maybe you could  share with us more About mic technic next time . Hug 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 09, 2016

Hi Antonio - Nice mic - It's crazy how rare they've become. When I was first playing, I could buy them in electronics stores for $12.00!

Eng.rodrigues@clix.pt
Eng.rodrigues@clix.pt Feb 05, 2016

 
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