Rick Estrin

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Mr. Lee's Mambo


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Hey Sonic Junction -

I'm back again and this time I put together a piece of music with a latin, afro/cuban type flavor. If you've been with me at Sonic Junction before, you know that "feel" and "groove" are always a big part of the focus. Developing a deeper groove continues to be a lifetime quest for me and this lesson is all about the groove. I'm not really sure this piece is technically a legitimate, official mambo, but in various bands I've played with over the years, that's what these type of rhythms have always been called. With this series of lessons we're going to sharpen up your inner metronome and get you feeling comfortable with a latin type groove.

Rick Estrin

 

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Groove
key of E
A Harp
Rick Estrin
Mr. Lee's Mambo
Mambo

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:00 Whole Performance

Loop 0:00 First Chorus

Loop 0:24 Second Chorus

Loop 0:47 Third Chorus

Loop 1:11 Fourth Chorus

Loop 1:35 Fifth Chorus

Loop 1:58 Sixth Chorus

Loop 2:21 Seventh Chorus

Loop 2:45 Eighth Chorus

 

 

 

 

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Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Aug 20, 2019

I always appreciate your advice and insight Larry.  If I'm working on a solo I usually start with some approximation of the vocal melody and see where that takes me.  Thinking about how you would play it if the backing was low and quiet, or if it's building up to a big splash, or maybe one chorus stays down on the first three holes and another moves up.  Then use the groove to experiment. Sometimes a lick you've learned or heard somewhere just suggests itself.  The repetition, elaboration and then departure that Rick talked about in one of these series is a helpful framework for me also.  After a while, you start doing things without thinking about it, but at this stage trying to doing things deliberately when they don't happen naturally or automatically is helping me make them part of my blues vocabulary.  It helps me to have frameworks and devices, as Rick calls them, rather than licks, as a way to "create them yourself from within."   Rick always says he doesn't know much theory but I think he's got the theory that matters for playing this kind of music.  Hey Rick!  Didn't mean to be talking about you like you're not in the room :)-

Bill

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Aug 20, 2019

From what you describe, Bill, I think you need "Miles Davis".....everything you need to learn about music and soloing you can learn by listening to how he deals with melodies/soloing. Believe it or not, Miles was totally a blues player in his orientation.

When asked how is it that he solos so imaginatively and wondering how he starts this process, he responded by saying "I think of a (starting) note, and then don't play it".

If you can understand this "Zen" statement after meditating on it, it may open a few doors in your imagination!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 20, 2019

🤣

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Aug 20, 2019

"Rick you kind of always start at the last beat of each chorus for the next 4 bars and not always on the first beat ,"

Musically, starting ideas on the first beat is not a good idea. It is good to end an idea on the first beat, though.

"playing "licks" after a period of time gets boring"

Lick based playing is like being addicted to heroin.....you learn a few new licks, get all excited and high. After a while, that high wears off and you are not happy, so you go looking for more licks. This repeats endlessly. Best to start to understand how to create your own ideas, or take those licks and change a few notes here and there and make them sound new. Don't look outside yourself for others to feed you ideas - begin to create them yourself from within!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Aug 20, 2019

Hi Larry !! I really appreciated your comments like usual and thank you !!  for the moments only counting  the beats while i m playing and trying to not miss a beat and know where I am in the 12 Bars  ... my "plate" is full !! but I want to thank you because I don t know when you gave me that advice to walk at a pace that I needed to keep a beat while I m playing ... I started to do it yesterday and guess what ?!! It worked Man !! thanks 

André

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Aug 14, 2019

thanks Rick !! yes for trois Rivieres ... and maybe before , 

André

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Aug 13, 2019

HI Rick , Larry and others !! Am I wrong ?!! I don t think so . Right now , I m trying to sing the song that I learned by heart and count the beat with my feet with the Backing track ... man , What an exercise , I miss alot of beat and sometime start in the wrong place ... and loose myself !!   Rick you kind of always start at the last beat of each chorus for the next 4 bars and not always on the first beat ,

 I think I will improve my Groove with that ?!! because I was always trying to play "licks" on kind of "nothing" ... I remember once Rick you said in I don t remember the lesson ;  that playing "licks" after a period of time gets boring , and I think that you said to add chords and ghost notes gonna make the bed of Groove ... i m not sure if my explaination  is right ?!! but ... In the end I m sure it will help !!

Thanks André

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 14, 2019

Hey Andre - Getting it in your head is an important key. See you at Trois-Rivières?

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 31, 2017

Hi Rick !! thank you for the gratulation , I m I wright ?? English is like music " Details everywhere !! 

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 30, 2017

Hi Rick !! I m I wrong ?? I don t think so , on the backing track there s  missing the Sixth Chorus ??  say Hi to Ronnie , Have a good one !!

Thank s again for everything !!

André

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 31, 2017

Hey Andre - If it's missing, it's my fault. I must've been counting wrong. Sorry. Regardless, you've done a great job learning this piece! I keep hearing you get better and better all the time!

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Sep 04, 2016

Thanks for taking us along on your quest for the deeper groove.  Putting the "Last Night" base line to a Latin beat is ingenious.  I'm psyched and totally intimIdated by my first ten listens.  Here we go....

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Sep 02, 2016

ronnie james webber 

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Sep 02, 2016

The Groove Meister is back!

 

(who's the bass player?)

 
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