Hey Sonic Junction -
This week we'll be wrapping up the lessons on my version of James Cotton's classic piece, "Lightnin", tackling the last two verses. Verse eight begins with another triplet "build" in the first four bars. After that we'll really be milking a couple of real quintessential Cotton devices - One is what I call "flexible time" and the other is our old friend, "intentional slop". We'll utilize those, together with some long bends on the forth hole to really emphasize the effect of that "flexible time". Right after that, there's a little "stutter" phrase for contrast. In the last verse, we're restating the theme with some slight variations of your choice. Describing this stuff sounds way more complicated than it actually is. As I say in the lesson, the best way to approach it is to learn the phrasing first. Once you have the phrasing in your head, you can then go ahead and work on the techniques you need to reproduce it. I hope you've enjoyed this series. Sonic Junction tells me I'll be back in the beginning of July, so I'll see you then with something new!
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
A Harp in the Key of E.
Loop 0:35 Run-Through of 8 Verse
Loop 1:17 Breakdown of First 4 Bars
Loop 1:53 IV Chord and Back to I Chord
Loop 12:05 Practice Loop of 8th and 9th Verse
Loop 13:06 Breakdown of 9th Verse
Loop 14:30 Review
Loop 19:27 Ending Breakdown
Loop 21:30 Closing Thoughts