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Cotton Blend


Main Riff, Tone and Groove

This week, first I explain a little bit about the piece and then we get right into feeling that groove - We'll be using an A harp in croossed or 2nd position. We're only working with drawing on the 2nd and 3rd holes in this lesson so it's really all about tone and groove - and remember, the spaces in between the notes are every bit as important as the notes themselves - in this week's lesson, they may be even more important!

Rick Estrin

 

 

 

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 0:00 Introduction to Cotton Blend and James Cotton

Loop 2:23 Keeping the Groove

Loop 3:38 First Verse Run-Through

Loop 4:52 Breakdown of 2nd and 3rd Hole Draw Riff

Loop 6:08 Slow Practice Loop

Loop 6:45 Playing it Dirty with Double Stops

Loop 8:12 What to Practice and Closing Thoughts

 

 

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Boyd R
Boyd R Dec 28, 2015

It's great to have you  back

joe markey
joe markey Dec 27, 2015

Rick,  The rounded silver mic you are holding does not look like a JT-30.  Is it customized?  Thanks.   Joe

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 01, 2016

It's a customized JT-30. Dennis Gruenling chromed it and added a volume pot.

Boyd R
Boyd R Dec 26, 2015

This is really some good stuff thanks

 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 26, 2015

Thanks Boyd - Good to see you back on SJ!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 01, 2016

Thanks Boyd - Hope you're having fun with it!

garf
garf Dec 26, 2015

Thanks Rick, I've caught you in Sioux City a couple times in the last 15 years. You blew me away! This is great fun, what an opportunity to learn from a master!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 26, 2015

Thanks Garf! Have fun with it!

joe markey
joe markey Dec 25, 2015

Rick,  Thanks for another terrific and fun lesson.  Your not only a great harp player but a very good teacher.  Can you tell us what mic and amp/speaker you are using in this lesson?

Thanks.  Joe in White Plains, NY

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 26, 2015

Hi Joe - The mic is an Astatic JT-30 with a crystal element. The amp is a Fender Bassman. It was a little too big for the situation, but the smaller, more suitable amps I have were both being repaired.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Dec 25, 2015

Intentional slop - great descriptive term.

It helped me to think in %. For instance, when playing both holes 3 and 4 inhale together, the formula I use is 75% hole 3 and

25% hole 4.

It is not the sound of both holes played together equally.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 26, 2015

Good point, Iceman.

dino
dino Dec 25, 2015

Would be so nice to have a tab to go by!!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 26, 2015

Actually Dino, You're better off without tab. There's a lot of important nuance that would be impossible to communicate in tab. Listening closely and taking advantage of Sonic Junction's "slow down" feature will help train your ear and in the end turn out to be far more beneficial. I guarantee it!

 
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