andre Loiselle

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" ??

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

I won t make friends but I have to say it ... 3 times Best Modern Blues  Harp Player and only 3 Chorus ... come on ... let Dennis play !! to me it s a shame !! 

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 29, 2019

Hi Andre - Thank you for the kind words!!

The point of these study songs is to provide a particular focal point for learning and practice...sometimes the new shorter songs which we are experimenting with here are more approachable and attainable, while still learning, developing, and fine-tuning new techniques and approaches. But thank you, I do like to cut loose, which I do on some of these, as well as on all of my live performances and some of my jams online.

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Chicago Shuffle Performance & Introduction Nov 25, 2019

Hi Rene !! I m not sure to understand ?? but the backing track  (only guitar) it s at your up right of the screen there 3 symbols ; play , plus, and a printer ... so the first one " play" it s the backing track !! hope it s answering the question ??

Rene
Rene Nov 26, 2019
Alright, now I know how it works. :-)
Thanks Andre
andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Chicago Shuffle Performance & Introduction Nov 25, 2019

Hi Rene !! the backing track is already there !!

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Buffle Off to Shuffalo Intro and Performance Nov 05, 2019

very , very good Gagi !! 

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Buffle Off to Shuffalo Fourth Chorus Breakdown Oct 24, 2019

Now .... I begin to know what it means to be "locked in Rhythm " ... people used to tell that and I didn t know what it meant !! a lot of practice to do !! Thank s a lot Dennis !!

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Mr. Lee's Mambo Performance 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 commented on: Mr. Lee's Mambo Performance Aug 14, 2019

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

André

andre Loiselle
Andre Loiselle commented on: Mr. Lee's Mambo Performance 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?

 
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