Bob Piscura

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Fundamentals of Acoustic Blues Bass and First Two Riffs Dec 29, 2015

Great job Jano, I wish you were around here in Floida so I could jam with you on harp!

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Lookin' Sharp Introduction and Performance Oct 03, 2015

Mike is there a backing track for this lesson?

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Oct 09, 2015

Hi Bob --- yes --- there's a play button in the upper right corner of the page just under the webcam recorder.  If you click it --- the backing track will start.  

We put it here so you can control the track while looking at any part of the page.

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Kindhearted Woman Blues Intro & Chords Oct 01, 2015

Hi , I have a guitarist that has never played acoustic blues but wants to accompany me ( I play harp and sing) on c.c.. rider, kind hearted woman, and and other blues songs . I need a simple lesson I can turn him on to so he can succeed right away. Do you have any recommendations. If it gets to complex I'm afraid he will give up . Thanks 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Oct 01, 2015

Hi Bob --- you may want to try Corey's lesson on Running and Hiding.  Great simple groove and catchy vocals.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Dec 07, 2016

Try Catfish blues or Running and HIding...

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Chicago Shuffle Verse 2 - I and IV Chord Mar 02, 2015

Hi Rick, Forget the question about counting in your head , you explained that later in the lesson! 

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Chicago Shuffle Verse 2 - I and IV Chord Mar 02, 2015

Hi Rick, on verse 2 chord I and IV are there any articulating sounds that you use? An example would be wa, cwa, gwada. tee,. in other songs. Also do you count out the beat in your head? It seems like you are using your breathe "off the harp" as part of the piece, is that correct?  Thanks for the help... I'm really trying to get the groove.

 

 

 

 

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Key to the Highway Main Riff and Breakdown Feb 28, 2015

Hi Corey, I live down here in the new river valley south of roanoke Virginia. I'm looking for an acoustic guitarist and singer that would like to collaborate with me. I play electric bass and harmonica and six strong. I would like to play some blues and especially presuming blues like that of John d.holeman. any ideas on who I can contact?

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Mar 05, 2015

Greetings Bob.  Unfortunately I don't know anyone in the area.  Good luck.  I am sure they are out there!

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Muddy Waters Basics Chicago Blues Riffs and Backing Track Dec 30, 2014

Frank Nice job on Hoochie coochie Man!  As A harp player it would be cool to trade off on the signature riff with a guitarist!  Again ... Great job

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: I'm Confessin' Performance Examples Dec 21, 2014

Nive job Bruce, This old Harp player (learning bass guitar now) was impressed with the performance!  Keep on practicing!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Dec 21, 2014

Thank you, Bob! To me, it's not practicing, it's having fun! 

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Juke Lesson 1 Dec 19, 2014

Thank Jerry, I'm not used to getting up that high on the hapr but will be sure to get the 6-9 chord. Here is the tab for the turnaround does it look close? As I get the notes correct on a new song then I speed up and get the rhythm right, I hope that is a good way of doing it! -3 -2, 1-4 draw chord to 3blow to 1-4 draw chord to 2blow, -1,-1 Thanks again and happy holidays!

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Juke Lesson 1 Dec 17, 2014

Hi Jerry, I'm off on the juke lesson and wanted to send you the sloooow version that I just recorded. I appreciate you critique. Have agreat holiday.

 

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Dec 18, 2014

Hi Bob,

Not a bad beginning effort but a couple of things to note: when you go high on the 5th and 6th repetitions of the opening riff, you're playing 10 blow instead of 9 blow (or more correctly the 6/9 octave. The other thing is the turnaround at the end of the chorus. You're close but listen carefully to the rhythm and notes I'm playing in the last bar.

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Keep it to Yourself Lesson 2 Dec 06, 2014

Thanks Jerry, I appreciate the reply, I want to get it right! I was playing it -2 -3bent and sliding to -3. Not the way you just explained it. -2 half step bend  sliding to -2 then -3 bend . I heard 3 notes just had the wrong ones!

By the way My band is going to do" Little queen of spades" by Eric Clapton with you on Harp! I'll probably have a question or two. The performance of Can't get no grindin was great (thanks for your help on that one) I changed the way I was playing it in the afternoon before the gig. We had it set to video it so I could send it to you but the sound guy forgot to turn on the camera!

One last thing.... would you consider doing a lesson on effects and articulation? I would like to know how you were getting the raspy/sax sound on the intro of Can't get no grindin on the iv and the v. I can get it on the I (1-4 chord to the -2 to the -2 bend but it was pretty clean on the 3 blow and the 3 draw. I went back thru the masterclass cd and couldn't find a lesson on that.

I appreciate your input it's great to have the original artist tell how to do it!  Hope you are recovering from the long trip.

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Keep it to Yourself Lesson 2 Nov 30, 2014

Hi Jerry, Im working on lesson #2 of keep it to yourself and when I get to 3:57 in the lesson where you say play 2 draw the 3 draw bend. mine doesn't sound correct. I grabbed a tuner and slowed the recording down and the tuner showed your notes for those  notes as d and f going to f#. my notes for those notes are A going to c going to  c# . Did you change harps to get those notes? On a d harp isnt 2 draw an A note and 3 draw bend a C note ?

 

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Nature of the Blues Nov 14, 2014

Good morning Jerry, did you see the video and question that I sent you about can't get no grindin a few days ago?  If that's too muck of an "off lesson" question  I understand. Just am stuck on the riff. Thanks for the help I really appreciate you opinion and like sonic junction. 

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Nature of the Blues Nov 12, 2014

Thanks for the time with such a complete answer. This had been some journey that I'm on. I believe in surrounding myself with people who are better than I am at whatever I want to do, then listen to what they tell me to do and then act on the advice. One last thing  I have given up tv so I can practice enough .  Be specific and direct with critique and advice and I'll practice as long as it takes to learn it. Thanks allot,Bob

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura commented on: Nature of the Blues Nov 12, 2014

Jerry ,That is what I call the blues!  Slow and soulfull! Have you found it hard to get lead guitar players to enjoy the space that you leave? My lead guitarist is always telling me to keep playing when I leave space during my lead breaks. I think I'm going to have him listen to this video and the nature of the blues lesson. He is a real Kim Wilson lover which is a style that I don't appreciate as much as yours.  Have you thought about a lesson on... blues in a dream ?

 
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