Larry "The Iceman"

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Nine Below Zero Performance Apr 17, 2019

Hey Rick - contact me offlist about a potential gig in the middle of May...your old email doesn't work for me any longer....

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 17, 2019

Hi Larry - I emailed you at the address I have. Hopefully that'll work.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Nine Below Zero Performance Mar 18, 2019

Mats - it IS work to learn the harmonica and play it better than average!

An alternative to the metronome is to go for a walk while playing/practicing the harmonica. Once you start walking, usually one finds the natural tempo that works for you and it stays consistant (unless you are walking up and down hills, etc). This will become your natural metronome. Just attach playing your harmonica to your walking tempo.

You've got good tone, approach and basic understanding. Next step is to attach this to a steady tempo that even a drummer could lean on.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Mar 18, 2019

Good advice, Larry! 

Mats Boll
Mats Boll Mar 20, 2019

Thx Larry, i will give this a go, too.
I´ve allready started using the metronome and trying to figure out the exact time frame  while learning the song. It offers me an additional perspective in the learning process (next to tone,riffs,feeling,...) And it is allready getting fun.
Thanks to all

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Mar 20, 2019

And Mats, another thing that could be helpful is to remember that the space between the licks is an important part of the music.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Chicago Shuffle Performance & Introduction Dec 30, 2018
Even the four hole bend is flat...try bending down very slowly to find the full range available. When you hit the "bottom", that is usually a quarter tone too flat.

Même le coude à quatre trous est plat ... essayez de vous pencher très lentement pour trouver toute la plage disponible. Lorsque vous frappez le "fond", vous obtenez généralement un quart de ton trop plat.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Chicago Shuffle Performance & Introduction Dec 20, 2018

Andre - I will guess that you are French....if so,

 

Très bien, André. Je ne sais pas depuis combien de temps vous êtes là, mais il n’est pas rare que les élèves essaient «juste un peu trop fort» ou utilisent «juste un peu trop de force» dans leur jeu. Au fur et à mesure que le temps passe et que l'on s'y détend, on s'aperçoit que beaucoup peut être accompli avec moins d'effort. Un "dire" est que vous pliez "au sol" toutes vos notes créées par la technique de pliage. (Cela contribue à ce que Rick a dit à propos de la note de 3ème trou créée par votre technique de pliage). De plus, je ne sais pas qui essaie de vous faufiler de votre côté droit, mais s'il s'en va, vous n'aurez pas à regarder aussi vite par-dessus votre épaule droite ...;>)
Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Chicago Shuffle Performance & Introduction Dec 20, 2018

Pretty good, Andre. I don't know how long you've been at this, but it is not unusual for students to try "just a little too hard" or use "just a little bit too much force" in their playing. As time goes on and one relaxes into it, one finds that so much can be accomplished with less effort. One "tell" is that you bend "to the floor" all of your notes created through bending technique. (This contributes to exactly what Rick said in regards to that 3rd hole note created through your bending technique).

Also, I don't know who is trying to sneak up on you from your right side, but if he goes away, you won't have to do that quick look over your right shoulder either... ;>)

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Chicago Shuffle Performance & Introduction Dec 14, 2018

Hey Ivan....you should teach, too. You got "street cred" and natural body groove movement....

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 14, 2018

Absolutely! - Ivan could teach if he wants - He can also perform if he wants.👍🏽

ivan
ivan Dec 14, 2018

 

Larry! thank you so much for this beautiful compliment, I greatly appreciated!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Boogie on the I Breakdown of 2nd Verse Nov 14, 2018

Dennis is one of the few teachers that understands the concept of moving your internal tongue placement curved towards roof of mouth target spot just a little bit forward as you use a higher pitched harmonica. This is very important in bending to correct pitch on all keys. Lighter touch = breathe the harmonica. It's not force - it's finesse!.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Boogie on the I Breakdown of 2nd Verse Nov 09, 2018

Yesirree...One chord grooves.....easy because one doesn't have to be concerned with chord changes....hard because it's all on YOU to get creative...early on, most run out of ideas pretty quickly, having to depend on a new chord for "inspiration". A great way to gauge your growth is how well you can deal with the one chord groove!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 10, 2018

Exactly! It's a great practice tool!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Fattening Frogs for Snakes Performance Aug 17, 2018

This may just help Andre learn about groove....it worked for me...

Go for a walk around the block with your harmonica. Once you get into your walk "groove" (steady walk - no slowing down and speeding up), play a simple harmonica groove pattern as you walk, like - inhale holes 1 and 2 while softly phoneticizing "Ut - tah" and then exhale holes 2 and 3 while phoneticizing "Ut - tah"...so, left foot (inhale), right foot (exhale). Breathe the harmonica in and out.

The "Ut - tah" is attached to the triplet beat of "1 and a", where the "Ut" is on 1, the "and" is a pause and the "tah" is on the "a" of the beat. The "feel" is exactly the same one you feel when you skip....remember skipping as a kid? Attach what you are playing to that "feeling".

(This worked great until I had a student who was from Germany. He told me "We German boy children did NOT skip. That was only for girls").

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake Chord Rhythm Aug 10, 2018

I've got big musical ears, but this stuff always eluded me.

Thanks for revealing a bit o' the inner secrets of this style of playing. Your teaching approach is easy to absorb.

Too many students are "show me a lick" when they should be more invested in learning how to groove.

 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 10, 2018

For sure, this style is a pretty radical departure from your more modern, clean approach. I'm real glad you can find something interesting in this type of lowdown stuff.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Half Steppin' Performance Aug 03, 2018

Boyd.....everyone learns at different speeds and starts at different points. I suggest you set metronome to where you can easily play along, and then start to increase it slowly until you get to the point where you struggle a bit. Leave it there until it becomes easy and then repeat!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 03, 2018

Great advice, Larry!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Horton Shuffle Performance & Introduction Apr 08, 2018

You've got some pretty cool tone goin' there, and that sometimes is most of the battle! Crunchy

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Fattening Frogs for Snakes Performance Feb 17, 2018

"We don need no stinkin' amplifiers!"

IMO, acoustic tone doesn't get any more "no doubt" than this. Solid!

Can't wait for the breakdown....Miller's breathing patterns between the single notes has always befuddled me...

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 17, 2018

Well Larry, if there ends up being anything in here you‘re curious about, and I somehow overlooked breaking it down in the lessons, all you have to do is ask.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Nine Below Zero Performance Feb 06, 2018

Nice cupped "wah" sound! Good groove. good job.

and the father isn't too bad, either!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Nine Below Zero Performance Jan 31, 2018

Sez Blair "Seems I still need to keep my face muscles as loose as possible"

ALWAYS relax EVERY MUSCLE not necessary when playing harmonica - including back and shoulder muscles, neck muscles, and even your lips should be loose, soft and relaxed while playing.

You certainly understand "groove", based on this example!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Nine Below Zero Performance Dec 31, 2017

RELAX THAT TONGUE! Make it feel like a big ol' lump with absolutely no tension in it at all. The only muscle you need to engage is further back in the tongue - the one that pushes it forwards and brings it back.

In bending while TB'ing, you will also engage the muscle that arcs that tongue in it's back 2/3rds to aim at that "sweet spot" that engages the bend.

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Chicago Shuffle Verse 1 - I and IV Chord Apr 07, 2017

Yes. Rick AND Rusty Zinn are real afficianodos of cool vintage wrist watches!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Half Steppin' Performance Jan 15, 2017

Stanley Turrenting with Shirley Scott Organ Trio is another example of fat greasy groove. Jimmy Forrest is also one of my fav's - check out The Honeydripper recording with Jack McDuff.

I like these sax players for ideas that translate real well to diatonic harmonica.

https://youtu.be/7iYKyCLxxWA

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Half Steppin' Performance Jan 14, 2017

This is the "magic" of the groove. It sounds like two harps, but is really one harmonica playing both "rhythm guitar" as well as "lead guitar".

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" commented on: Half Steppin' Performance Jan 13, 2017

Total honey drippin' groove. As a matter of fact, I developed my own basic "groove" sound, but apparently I have been insiduously influenced by Mr. Estrin (having listened to his music for over 20 years), as what I thought of as my own basic groove is sure evident in the opening measures of this great learning song. Since Rick is OLDER than me, I guess it was his personal groove sound first and I stole, uh, borrowed it (unbeknownst to me, that is).

Anyways, it sure is infectuous!

 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 13, 2017

Hey Larry - I stole it from somewhere myself. I'm just too old to remember where I got it.

 
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