andre Loiselle

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake Performance Mar 15, 2020

Hey Man !! playing with the F..." word" metronome !! so hard ... trying to count the beat and play with it ... I think my brain doesn t work well !! the beat it s so the structure and play with the way you do Rick ...Now I know why I love so much what you do !!  it will be and hard road !! like you said in a lesson " If it d be easy , everybody would do it !!" anyway I had to say it !! 

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake Performance Feb 28, 2020

Can t wait to ear it !!!

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake Performance Feb 28, 2020

Hi Rick !! I tried to play and sing at the same speed as you .... It s a real workout , I really need to control my breath !! anyway ... it s really fun and Yeah , like you said everything is on you the groove , the sound , the mastery of the Harp technique etc... it s really complete !! I love it !!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 28, 2020

Great! Glad you're diggin it, Andre! I think you'll really enjoy my next series too! It's more John Lee Williamson style stuff.

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake 2nd Half of First Verse Breakdown Feb 24, 2020

Hi Rick !! thank you and that s what I thought !! exactly what I thought ... what a relief !! thanks Rick !!

next ... you will laugh a lot !! .... because I will sing , Hahaha 

thanks again !!

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake 2nd Half of First Verse Breakdown Feb 24, 2020

That s an attemp of the begining of the song ... I d like to know if the sliding from the 4 blow to the 2 and 3 blow tongue block and back to 2 draw it s Ok ?? and any comments or everything will be appreciated ... Thanks 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 24, 2020

Hey Andre, You're really doing that lick! You have all the parts down pretty well, now if you can relax and just feel the groove a little more, the whole thing will start to sound right! 

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake 2nd Half of First Verse Breakdown Feb 24, 2020

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: B.B. King Style Shuffle Backing Track Feb 23, 2020

I m not a guitar player , but to me it s really good !!

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: B.B. King Style Shuffle Backing Track Feb 23, 2020

where is your solo ??

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake 2nd Half of First Verse Breakdown Feb 18, 2020

to me right now .... slidin' down from the 4 hole blow to the 2 hole draw and up to the 3 hole blow tongue block and back down to the 2 hole draw again ... that s the "real" deal !! and I m not there yet ... but the way I ear you do it and the way it make me feel ...  Rick ... Wow ... that s why I love the Blues !!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 18, 2020

It's great that you're feeling it, Andre!
If you go back and listen to his old recordings, you can hear many examples of the first Sonnyboy, John Lee Williamson, use variations of that same lick. Keep up the good work!!!

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Moan A Chrome Seventh and Eighth Chorus Breakdown Feb 17, 2020

another Chromatic song Please !!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Feb 17, 2020

Working on lots of new ideas, I'll work on that too!

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake Chord Rhythm Feb 14, 2020

First of all ... Thank you !! that means my explanation was Right !! And Yeah I will Relax and play it with less force and attack !! And Yes Another John Lee Williamson Song ... to me it s gonna be Delightful !! 

And Larry Thanks again for the explaination ... you have no idea how much your explanations ,  Rick and Larry ,  help me out to put "Words" of What I feel when I play !! and each time when I go back and read it again help me to go further in comprehension !!

Thanks again Both of you !! 

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake Chord Rhythm Feb 14, 2020

when I want to get down from the 4 hole bend to the 2 hole and make the 3 hole blow with the tongue block and back to the draw chord .

 to make sound the blow chord "right" ... what a challenge ... it s like I m not able to make sound that chord "Big " enough and it feel weak ... lol , i m not sure if my explanation "sound" right ??! but to me it s right !! anyway ... I ll put time ... but the main thing for me it s ; you have to get the right "sound" of the chords and not throw it without sounding "right" !! I think if I m able to make them right , it will help the Bed of Groove !! it s hard to try to explain in English Rick ... but it s the deal !!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 14, 2020

Even though he was the father of the Chicago, post-war, harmonica style, the way John Lee Willimson used chords is pretty unique. One thing is, the chords might sound "big", but they're not usually played with a hard attack or a lot of force. Maybe try backing off a little, relaxing, and feeling the groove more. I think I'm going to do another John Lee type song in my next lesson, so you'll have more chances to work with his style.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Feb 14, 2020

I like to think of the chords used this way as the rhythm guitar part that supports the lead lines (or vocals)....If you have a rhythm guitar player whose chords sound as loud or LOUDER than the vocals or the lead/solo lines, he will probably be looking for another gig pretty quickly.

So, chords are supportive and should always be underneath whatever else is going on - even when you are playing both the lead part and the chord part - one reason that this style of harmonica playing is so cool - you are basically doing 2 jobs at once!

Breathe through the chords - don't try to MAKE them sound anything as that usually means trying too hard/too much force.

Sometimes using the word "blow" for exhale notes on the harmonica works subconsciously to make you think you have to use the same force needed to whistle when it should be closer to the energy used when humming.

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Moan A Chrome Fifth Chorus Breakdown Jan 14, 2020

Thank you Dennis !!

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Moan A Chrome Fifth Chorus Breakdown Jan 14, 2020

Hi Dennis !! I blew to hard and one note is false , hole #5 blow ... I d like to know , is this the same way to "tune" diatonic Harp , sand the top of the read to get sharper ?? i m able to maintenance a diatonic Harp ... let me know ... have a good day !!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jan 14, 2020

Yes, just be very careful with the chromatics. They are not as easy to work with.

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Two Way Boogie Performance and Introduction Jan 06, 2020

Hi Nick !! it might help ?? if you look on a computer at the upright , you ll see a "printer" , an "add" and a "play" sign . the play sign is the backing track !! if you re on a phone , I don t know yet where is the backing track ... hope it help ?!! 

Nick
Nick Jan 06, 2020

Thanks Andre.  You're right, I'm using a phone so maybe that's why I can't see the tracks.   Will try on a computer when I get a chance.

Mike, any chance you could make them accessible.on phone.  I see for some of Jerry's you have separate links under lots of the pieces to the backing tracks.   I can get to those on my phone ok.  And I love Jerry's lessons, but would be great to be able  to go the whole journey on Dennis's too using the phone (I do most of my learning and practice out and about... in the interests of keeping a happy home :-D )

 

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Nine Below Zero Performance Jan 02, 2020

Very Good Kosta !! it s really fun to see and ear your Russian version of "9 below zero" ... Happy New Year and hope to see you again !! André

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Two for One Performance and Introduction Dec 20, 2019

Thank you Mike .... very much !!

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Two for One Performance and Introduction Dec 18, 2019

Hi Mike !! I d like to know if there a backing track for that song ??

thank you !!

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Dec 20, 2019

Hi Andre -- thanks for the reminder!  Backing track is now up.  Enjoy!

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Two for One First Verse Breakdown Dec 12, 2019

Hi !! is there a backing track ??

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Two Way Boogie Performance and Introduction Nov 29, 2019

Hi Dennis !! I understand but to me , you are "taking off" on the third verse for a "wild ride" !! I d have like to see what you d have done on the others verse ?? and what do you mean by "jams online" ??

 
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