This, the final lesson of my "Nine Below Zero" series, contains some slightly tricky timing and some breath control transitions that might present a bit of a challenge at first. They may seem a little awkward initially, but once you get the timing down, you'll be adding a whole new emotional feel to your harmonica playing pallet. You'll gain a kind of stutter-step timing device that can be used to convey a real feeling of desperation and near panic.
I'll also introduce the use of the major 7th (or the 2 draw bent a half-step) over the V chord. It's a signature Sonnyboy II treatment of that chord change and he often used it to cue the band when he was about to end a song. We'll finish up with a really cool and rarely heard, ending lick from Sonnyboy's early '50s period on the Trumpet label.
This lesson is packed with new stuff but please - don't let the licks distract you from the prime directive: maintain that groove at all times!
I hope you've enjoyed this series and with any luck, I'll see you somewhere down the road.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
Sonny Boy II
Nine Below Zero
A Harp in the Key of E
Loop 1:12 Outro Run-Through
Loop 2:00 IV Chord Breakdown
Loop 4:11 Syncopated / Stutter Step Riff
Loop 7:18 Reiterating Riff
Loop 9:05 Using the Major 7th on the V Chord
Loop 11:01 Practice Loop
Loop 11:35 Artistic Approach and Ending
Loop 15:34 Closing Thoughts