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Crawlin' Kingsnake


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Hey, Rick Estrin, back here at Sonic Junction with the first lesson of this Crawlin' Kingsnake. This week I'm gonna help get you prepared for the meat of the song by showing you a couple of the recurring chordal and rhythmic devices that keep coming up in various ways throughout the song. There'll be tongue slapping, some "dirty" or distorted notes, and some probably new, breathing and rhythmic patterns. This will probably turn out to be the most important lesson in the series because we'll be using these patterns and devices throughout the song.

So relax, have fun and feel that groove!

Rick

 

 

 

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

Print Print Chords & Tab

G Harp in the Key of D.

Loop 0:00 Intro Verse

Loop 0:37 First Vocal Verse

Loop 1:10 Second Vocal Verse

Loop 1:41 Solo Verse

Loop 2:14 Third Vocal Verse

Loop 2:46 Solo Outro and Ending

 

 

 

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Mats Boll
Mats Boll Jan 17, 2019

alex
alex Sep 09, 2018

This lesson has been transformative for me. Please play in New York soon. 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Sep 10, 2018

Wow - Thanks Alex! I'm glad it's helping you. No telling when we'll be in NY again. We did a couple NY dates last month. You can always check rickestrin.com to see where we are. 

Tominou
Tominou Aug 08, 2018

Hello Rick,

Are your hands smaller than before or is it a bigger harp than you usually use?  ;) Some tears are coming when I listen to your harp calling mama... very nice one, Tks. 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 08, 2018

Good eye, Tomi! It's a bigger harp. It's just like a regular Marine Band, but a little bigger. Next week I'll switch to a normal size, key of G, Marine Band.

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Aug 07, 2018

Nice!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 07, 2018

1952 was Tony Hollins' second recording of the song. He cut it on Okeh in '41.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hollins

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Aug 07, 2018

Your version sounds a lot like the Tony Hollins version from 1952. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJZt4qIFFF8

Big Joe Williams recorded a version, different but sounds to me like the same song, in 1941. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDoeZa50Z8g

For what it's worth, some sources site Joe Williams as the composer, others just as the first to record it.  I've been taught to learn as much as possible about the origins of my repertoire and I like to see whatever it is I'm doing as part of a tradition.  You are a strong link in the chain for me!

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Aug 05, 2018

composer. 😉

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 05, 2018

I think maybe the first recorded version was by Tony Hollins, so maybe it originated with him - but, maybe not

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Aug 05, 2018

So much to love: the groove is so strong. I love all the space and how you keep the groove going. I love that you're singing and playing in that groove (because I'm a singer and the blues is so much about the poetry.) I love that this is a much recorded tune but it's origin is unclear - it's a bit like a spiritual in that way: no known

Boyd R
Boyd R Aug 05, 2018

Love it

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 05, 2018

Thanks Boyd! once you really get into it, it'll be a lot of fun!

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Aug 03, 2018

I'm hearing some Sonny Boy I licks! I haven't thought about him in quite a while. When I first started I didn't listen to almost anything else. I'm looking forward to revisiting that and all the other stuff you've packed into this tune. Thanks.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 03, 2018

If one wants to play blues, SBW1 is THE best place to get a foundation!

andre loiselle
andre loiselle Aug 03, 2018

Yeahhhhhhh !!! looking forward to play it !!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 03, 2018

Cool! I predict a good time!

Gordi Brown
Gordi Brown Aug 03, 2018

looking forward to honing this one Rick .. thanks a million!

 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 03, 2018

Thank you, Gordi - Let m know how you're liking it as the series goes along.

Boyd R
Boyd R Aug 03, 2018

Very good. I like it but my singing sucks. Maybe I should give it a try on singing

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 03, 2018

Give it a shot, Boyd. Just get into it and relax! Even if you end up focusing mainly on the harp, there's a ton of real good stuff to work with - Relax and have fun!

 
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