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Crawlin' Kingsnake


2nd Half of First Verse Breakdown

Hey, Sonic Junction -

This week I'm back with the second half of verse one of "Crawlin' Kingsnake". In this lesson, we'll pick it up with a little conjunctive Sonnyboy 1 lick that makes good use of the 2 draw/3 blow push/pull effect. After that, on the IV change, there's some "intentional slop" or double-stops, and some nice, dramatic sounding "ugly" bends on 3 draw. On the V change and on out, we're doing a very vocal sounding Sonnyboy 1, hand effects lick on the 4th hole draw that features some gradual bending. All this will make more sense once you hear it and start groovin' with it - when you're feelin' it and having fun with it yourself!

Rick Estrin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

G Harp in the Key of D.

Loop 0:30 Run-Through of First Verse

Loop 1:07 Breakdown of 2nd Half of First Verse

Loop 11:02 V Change Breakdown

Loop 14:28 Whole First Verse Together

Loop 15:33 Slow Practice Loop of 2nd Half of First Verse

Loop 16:24 Closing Thoughts

 

 

 

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andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jun 25, 2020

Yesss Man !! you re so logical when you play ... Now it make sense to me ... easier to be in the "Groove" ... Thanks Again Rick !!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jun 25, 2020

Hi Rick !! I m I right ?? after the wha wha at 13:25 rather than 2D3B2D ... you just do 2D and Blow Chord and 3 Blow tongue block .

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 25, 2020

Exactly right! Good ear, Andre!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jun 25, 2020

to me ... the 2 draw 3 tongue block blow ans 2 draw is the "slingshot " to the "Slops " just after and if I m not able to do it right ?!! the Slops is without caracter !! will take a lot of time to do it Right !!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 25, 2020

That's right - and when the SBW1 style, 2 draw/3 blow push/pull combo is used properly, it'll help keep the groove "in the pocket".

Nick Fermi
Nick Fermi Apr 17, 2020

Thanks very much for the encouraging feedback Rick.

Will work on my relaxing!  😄

Hope you're managing to find silver linings amongst the virus lockdown clouds.  🙂

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 17, 2020

Thanks Nick - The silver lining hasn't quite revealed itself yet, but I'm fine and having no problem staying busy. I'm fortunate to have a comfortable situation where "sheltering in place" isn't too stressful. Take care. Stay safe and healthy!

Nick Fermi
Nick Fermi Apr 08, 2020

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 17, 2020

Hi Nick! Great job of absolutely nailing the breathing mechanics. Once you relax into the groove a little more, it'll be just about perfect! Keep up the excellent work!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 24, 2020

Coo!!!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Feb 24, 2020

Hi Rick !! thank you and that s what I thought !! exactly what I thought ... what a relief !! thanks Rick !!

next ... you will laugh a lot !! .... because I will sing , Hahaha 

thanks again !!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Feb 24, 2020

That s an attemp of the begining of the song ... I d like to know if the sliding from the 4 blow to the 2 and 3 blow tongue block and back to 2 draw it s Ok ?? and any comments or everything will be appreciated ... Thanks 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 24, 2020

Hey Andre, You're really doing that lick! You have all the parts down pretty well, now if you can relax and just feel the groove a little more, the whole thing will start to sound right! 

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Feb 24, 2020

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Feb 18, 2020

to me right now .... slidin' down from the 4 hole blow to the 2 hole draw and up to the 3 hole blow tongue block and back down to the 2 hole draw again ... that s the "real" deal !! and I m not there yet ... but the way I ear you do it and the way it make me feel ...  Rick ... Wow ... that s why I love the Blues !!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 18, 2020

It's great that you're feeling it, Andre!
If you go back and listen to his old recordings, you can hear many examples of the first Sonnyboy, John Lee Williamson, use variations of that same lick. Keep up the good work!!!

Gordi Brown
Gordi Brown Oct 24, 2018

the real stuff. thanks a million Rick!

 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Oct 24, 2018

Glad you're diggin it, Gordi!

Dave
Dave Sep 28, 2018

 I can only hold the harp with one hand because of a disability.  Any hints on how to most effectively attack the wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah on the V chord change without being able to cup? Or modify the lick?

Thanks. 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Sep 29, 2018

Hi Dave - If you look up some of my other acoustic lessons (Sonnyboy's Groove would be one example) you should be able to find spots where I demonstrate the way many of the the hand effects are actually a combination of hand and mouth effects. You should definitely be able to shape notes to a certain extent using only your mouth. Also (I think I may have suggested this before) check out Big John Wrencher - He was a great, one-armed harp player with an awesome tone. Keep at it and let me know how it's coming along!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Aug 28, 2018

it make sense !! But you do it so subtle that I thought at some place it was pursed lip ...

thank you Rick!!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Aug 28, 2018

Hi Rick !! I d like to know ?? when you do the "ghost" note on the 3 hole blow at 1 min 7 sec is it tongue block or purse lips ?? I think at different place in the lesson you do it tongue block and some time purse lips ?? does it matter ?? I d like to know for the "effect" is it better to do it tongue block ?? i d like to have your tought on this ...

André

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 28, 2018

I'm tongue blocking it. I can't think of anywhere in the song where I would lip that 3 hole blow. It wouldn't make sense to switch.

Boyd R
Boyd R Aug 24, 2018

This is really a fun tune to learn  I like it

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 24, 2018

Cool! Glad it's got you excited about playing!

 
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