Rick Estrin

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Nine Below Zero

First Vocal Verse

This week we'll deal with the first vocal verse of Sonnyboy's "Nine Below Zero". This lesson is a good example of the classic "call and response" that you've probably heard referenced when people talk about the structure of blues. We'll work on the call and response between the voice and the harmonica, but there's also an internal call and response in a couple spots with the juxtaposed harp fills. It's really just two simple licks and a tag lick, but getting the timing and the nuances down will take some practice.

And, as always, keep it in the groove.

Rick Estrin



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Sonny Boy II
Nine Below Zero
Rick Estrin

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E

Loop 0:55 Run-Through of First Vocal Verse

Loop 1:42 Breakdown of I Chord

Loop 4:00 IV, I and Turnaround Overview

Loop 4:35 Practice Loop of First Vocal Verse

Loop 5:08 The Importance of Singing 

Loop 6:26 Slow Practice Loop of First Vocal Verse

Loop 8:00 Breakdown of 2nd Lick

Loop 11:09 Slow Practice Loop of 2nd Lick

Loop 11:27 Going to the IV Chord

Loop 12:56 Review and Closing Thoughts





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