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Getting Out of Town


In this lesson we complete the piece with an "outro". This section stays on the I - no chord changes - All this section does is build excitement on the I.

Again, it's 100% rhythm & groove at all times, but along the way there're more vocal sounds, more tongued chord backing, some octaves, some tongue flutters and even a little music history thrown in.


Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Sonny Boy II
G Harp
Key of D
Getting Out of Town
Rick Estrin

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G Harp in the Key of D.

Loop 0:20 Run-Through of Outro

Loop 1:45 Breakdown of 1st Section of Outro

Loop 5:05 Slow Practice Loop of 1st Section of Outro

Loop 5:42 Breakdown of 2nd Section of Outro

Loop 8:08 Breakdown of 3rd Section of Outro

Loop 9:23 Breakdown of 4th Section of Outro with Octaves and Tongue Fluttering

Loop 12:38 Closing Thoughts




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andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jun 22, 2020

Hi Rick !! why do you call that the "outro"  instead of the last verse ?? is there any difference that I should know ??... I know that you stay on the "I" .. 


Gordi Brown
Gordi Brown May 02, 2018

Can't tell you how much your lessons are improving my playing Rick. Thanks so much for helping me open my ears. It's the small stuff that counts!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 02, 2018

Absolutely! Thanks for letting me know that  I’m of some help!

lou deluca
lou deluca Apr 12, 2017


What a great lesson!! Met you years ago at the 21st Saloon in Omaha. You gave me a lesson on John Lee Williamson. Still use that to this day.

Thanks, Look foreward to seeing you in the future.


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 12, 2017

Real glad you enjoyed it, Lou. I hope to make it back to Omaha sometime too!

B---K Apr 19, 2014

These were incredible lessons.  Thanks a lot, Rick!

Robert Apr 15, 2014



Daniel James
Daniel James Apr 14, 2014

Rick I've heard others say that at times when you play, you channel Sonny Boy II. I really enjoyed this past lesson because you helped me understand a part of his playing that I've been unable to figure out on my own. If you have a piece that could help with other facets of his sound that would be wonderful.

harvey kail
harvey kail Apr 14, 2014


You asked for suggestions for your next sonic junction gig.  I really enjoy learning stand alone pieces, like Getting Out of Town or Jerry's version of Jug Band Waltz. It's useful and fun to have harmonica tunes to play unaccompanied.

Whatever you decide to do, I'll enjoy it, no doubt.Thanks!

Daniel James
Daniel James Apr 13, 2014

Rick thank you so much! What an awesome lesson that was packed with so much information on technique, making music, and getting soul into playing. Of course your music was amazing, but I also love your style and method. I learned/and will continue to be learning for some time-so much. Thank you!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 14, 2014

Thanks Daniel - I'm really glad to be able to pass along whatever tips I've picked up or developed over the years.

I'll be doing another series here at Sonic Junction real soon - I haven't totally settled on what the content of the next lessons should be - suggestions anyone?


Joan Sabaté Boza
Joan Sabaté Boza Apr 12, 2014

Is nice to see yours lessons so goods

Thanks Rick !!!

Paul Durrant
Paul Durrant Apr 11, 2014

this is just soooooooo good - thanks Rick

tim james
tim james Apr 11, 2014



harvey kail
harvey kail Apr 11, 2014


I'm really enjoying these lessons on Getting out of Town.  Thanks so much.  Breaking down the outro is, as with the verses, very helpful.  Even as my ear gets better, it isn't easy picking up on the nuances that make the thing a real song. I've got the first three verses to the point that I'm mostly focused now on the timing of weaving them together, which can be tricky, not to mention remembering where the heck I am.  Then, when I throw in the lyrics, well, it's a hoot!  Now if I can only get that groove out of my head when I lay be down to sleep.  



Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 14, 2014

Hi Harvey - I'm real glad you're having fun with "Getting Out Of Town". I wish I could help you with the sleep issue, but I have the same problem - The music in my head keeps me awake too!

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