Rick Estrin

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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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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 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?


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 ...


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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