Rick Estrin

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Cotton Blend


In previous lessons I've done here on Sonic Junction, we've worked with a couple different kinds of shuffle beats and a sort of backbeat, boogie woogie type groove. This time out we're doing another kind of rhythmic feel that's based on the Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" lick.

My playing approach through most of the song is really influenced a great deal by James Cotton. Cotton has always had a fierce tone and groove that just won't quit. Parts of his style always seem to surface any time I'm playing over a funk or rock type beat.

Rick Estrin




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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E. 

Loop 0:00 Whole Song

Loop 0:00 First Verse

Loop 0:24 2nd Verse

Loop 0:49 3rd Verse

Loop 1:13 4th Verse

Loop 1:38 5th Verse

Loop 2:03 6th Verse 

Loop 2:28 7th Verse and Ending





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Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant May 05, 2018

Wow, Rick! This is a great song.


Kobe Bryant

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 05, 2018

Thank you, Mamba!

Boyd R
Boyd R Dec 28, 2015

This tune really gets in your head

tim james
tim james Dec 18, 2015

TOP TUNE  RICK !!!!!!!!!!!  but what harp mic ya  using mate?

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 20, 2015

Thanks Tim - The mic is an Astatic JT-30 with a standard Astatic model # 151crystal element. The shell was chromed by the legendary Dennis Gruenling and either Dennis or maybe Skip Simmons added the distinctive, sharpie-cap-lookin' volume control knob

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Dec 18, 2015

Good God, y'all. My computer speakers are wailin' with dirty harp residue.

Cool, cause Rick isn't playing loud. Just knows about "that sound".

Thanks for tackling this particular groove, which I've always had a bit of trouble with live (if you can believe that The Iceman actually has weak spots in performance).

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 20, 2015

Hey Larry - You're right! I absolutely find it difficult to believe you have trouble with that (or any) groove.

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