Alan

Alan
Alan commented on: Lightnin' Performance Mar 26, 2019

Is there a backing track for this lesson ?

Alan
Alan commented on: Lightnin' 9th Verse and Ending Mar 04, 2019

Hi Rick,

Many thanks for this great series of lessons on "Lightnin'". I've been a Cotton fan since getting the "Best of the Verve years" cd.

Looking forward to hearing what you have for us when you return in July.

Again, many thanks.

Alan.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Mar 04, 2019

Thank you, Alan - Cotton was a real original. I think he got overlooked and forgotten to an extent after he lost his voice, but in his prime, he was a force of nature. His style built a bridge between the city and the country, the old and the new, between the traditional blues and the more modern funk and rock styles - Look out for the upcoming documentary on James.

Alan
Alan commented on: Lightnin' First Verse Breakdown Jan 12, 2019

Great lesson. Many thanks Rick.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 12, 2019

Thank you, Alan

Alan
Alan commented on: Boogie on the I Performance Nov 08, 2018

Is there a backing track ?

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 09, 2018

There is!! It is coming...thanks for the reminder!

Alan
Alan commented on: Fattening Frogs for Snakes Second Verse Breakdown Mar 03, 2018

Hi again Rick,

Many thanks for the quick reply.

Alan.

Alan
Alan commented on: Fattening Frogs for Snakes Second Verse Breakdown Mar 03, 2018

Hi Rick,

What a great lesson this is. I love the importance you place on the "little stuff".

May I ask which vocalists influenced your singing style ?

Alan.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Mar 03, 2018

Hi Alan - I wish I had an answer for you - Vocally, I’m just trying to work with what I’ve got. I am glad you’re enjoying the lesson.

Alan
Alan commented on: First Class Performance and Introduction Feb 03, 2018

is there a backing trace for this lesson ?

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Feb 10, 2018

Hi Alan - thanks for the reminder.  The backing track is up.

Alan
Alan commented on: So Long Performance Jul 19, 2017

Many thanks Rick and Mike for the quick response.

Alan.

Alan
Alan commented on: So Long Performance Jul 19, 2017

Is there a backing track for this lesson ?

Alan

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jul 19, 2017

There should be. We recorded one.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jul 19, 2017

Thanks Alan and Rick.  My mistake -- track is now up.  

FYI it should always come out with the first breakdown lesson -- so if you don't see it -- let me know -- thanks.

Alan
Alan commented on: So Long First Verse Breakdown May 27, 2017

Hi Rick,

Thanks for the quick reply !!!!

Alan.

Alan
Alan commented on: So Long First Verse Breakdown May 26, 2017

Hi Rick,

Great lesson, so much going on in there !!  My question is would a tongue vamp on the 5 draw be an acceptable substitute for the 5/2 tongue flutter ?  I am working on the tongue flutter but the vamp is more reliable at this moment in time. Many thanks,

Alan.

 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 27, 2017

Hi Alan - Real glad you like the lesson. Regarding the 5/2 flutter, do whatever works for you. I think playing the 2/5 with a trill, by moving either your hands or your head from side to side sounds really good too. Either way, vamp, trill, flutter, if it sounds effective, that's what matters.

Alan
Alan commented on: Blue Strollin' Third Chorus Breakdown May 23, 2016

Hi Rick,

Just writing to agree with Boyd R. Keep the changelling material coming !! When I first heard this song this third chorus low end playing reminded me of the low end work you did on Marion's Mood.

Thanks for your time and detailed explanations.

Alan.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 24, 2016

Thanks Alan - I naturally seem to come up with simple-on-the-surface stuff that contains lots of small, character creating details. I'm glad you're diggin' it!

 

Alan
Alan commented on: Trill Seeker Second Chorus Breakdown Mar 30, 2016

Hi Dennis, Thanks for the quick reply. Really enjoying the lessons and appreciate the time you take to explain the details and subleties in your chorus breakdowns.

Alan
Alan commented on: Trill Seeker Second Chorus Breakdown Mar 29, 2016

Hi Dennis,  When you scoop up from the slight bend on the 5 draw am I hearing a tiny piece of the 6 draw to get the distorted note ?

 

 

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Mar 29, 2016

Yes, but just slightly.

Alan
Alan Mar 30, 2016

Hi Dennis, Thanks for the quick reply. Really enjoying the lessons and appreciate the time you take to explain the details and subleties in your chorus breakdowns.

 
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