Hey Sonic Junction,
Rick Estrin here, with the first lesson in this series on the James Cotton/Otis Spann piece, "Lightnin". The song is in in the key of E, played in crossed, or 2nd position, on an A harp. This song utilizes almost all of Cotton's signature devices: intentional slop contrasted with very occasional pretty notes, the ominous sounding, slow vibrato, flexible time for additionally nuanced expression, and a couple sections of percussive, aggressive attack. These are all devices that give Cotton's style it's in-your-face ferocity, and maximum emotional impact. All that stuff will be coming your way in subsequent lessons - For right now, let's establish the theme in verse one.
Have fun with it!
PS. As we get further into the piece, if you find you're scaring yourself a little bit - good! That probably means you're doing something right!
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
A Harp in the Key of E.
Loop 0:00 Introduction To Series
Loop 4:00 Run-Through of First Verse
Loop 5:06 Breakdown of First 4 Bars
Loop 8:06 IV Chord Breakdown
Loop 9:12 Turnaround Breakdown
Loop 14:40 Slow Practice Loop of First 8 Bars
Loop 15:09 Review of First 8 Bars
Loop 17:38 Turnaround Review
Loop 21:06 Closing Thoughts