Robert Fox

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Two for One Third Verse Breakdown May 27, 2019

Hi Dennis - On the slide up to the 6-10 draw octave near the end of the verse are you running single notes all the way up and then hitting the octave, or sliding the octave position from low to high? When I listen it sometimes it sounds like one and sometimes like the other. Thanks!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling May 27, 2019

Hi Robert - Good question. Sliding single notes up, which is my usual way. You CAN slide octaves, but it is almost always cleaner and smoother using single notes for this type of move.

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Two for One First Verse Breakdown May 12, 2019

I think this is the second verse.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling May 14, 2019

Yes, thanks for the head's up. Working on fiixng this...thanks!

Mike Caren
Mike Caren May 15, 2019

Thanks Robert.  You're right.  All fixed.

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Split The Difference Third Verse Breakdown Apr 28, 2019

I like the shorter format - makes it easier to focus on technique. Thanks, Dennis!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Apr 28, 2019

Thanks - I think so too! Hope you're enjoying this.

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

HI Rick - Thanks for the great insights into Cotton's style. Looking forward

to your next series of lessons!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Mar 04, 2019

Thanks Robert - Really glad you enjoyed the series!

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake Outro Breakdown Sep 30, 2018

Thanks, Rick! Great to get away from "licks" and start

building a foundation. Hope there'll be more like this.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Sep 30, 2018

Thank YOU Robert!

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Crawlin' Kingsnake Chord Rhythm Aug 11, 2018

This is just what the doctor ordered. Thanks, Rick!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Aug 11, 2018

Thanks Robert. Glad you like it. Keep me posted on your progress, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me anything.

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Moan A Chrome Seventh and Eighth Chorus Breakdown Jun 24, 2018

Thanks for the great chromatic primer, Dennis - looking forward to more in the future (octaves, major key, etc)!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jun 26, 2018

Thank you! Hopefully there will be more, depending on demand. Maybe not so much "major" (as "regular blues" isn't truly major anyway), but if I do more chromaic, it will be diffrenet of course! Thanks

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Fattening Frogs for Snakes Final Solo Verse and Ending Apr 15, 2018

Rick - Thanks for the Sonny Boy "gold," especially the cool chordal stuff -- looking forward to your next series of lessons!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 20, 2018

Thanks Robert, I’m glad if you acquired some new tools. Often the small things can make a big difference. Thanks for getting in touch. I hope to hear from you again next time I‘m on Sonic Junction.

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: So Long Sixth Verse, Second Part Jul 15, 2017

Thanks for another great series, Rick. Very sorry to hear your good friend passed away. 

 

 

 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jul 16, 2017

Thanks Robert. I'm glad you enjoyed the series. Regarding Jay's passing, it's a sad deal. He was a great guy.

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Third Is The Word 11th and 12th Chorus Breakdown May 13, 2017

Thanks, Dennis! Great series, as always. Will the next one be on straight harp? "First is the Worst"? (i.e., the hardest to learn)

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling May 22, 2017

Great title! It is not neccesarily the worst, but not my favorite either. We will see what happens...!

 

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Half Steppin' Eighth Chorus Breakdown Mar 11, 2017

Musical majesty and sartorial splendor!

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Scaled Down 8th and 9th Chorus Breakdown Dec 31, 2016

Thanks, Dennis! Happy New Year!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jan 07, 2017

Happy New Year!!

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Scaled Down 8th and 9th Chorus Breakdown Dec 31, 2016

Hi Dennis - Great series of lessons (as usual)! I'm curious - as a 99.9% tongue-blocker, how do you handle the 1 hole blow and draw? Tongue-switching? Thanks!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Dec 31, 2016

Hi Robert - good question - thanks!

On hole #1, I use any of three options, depending on where I'm coming from, where I'm going, and the desired effect I want...

1) Tongue-block to the left (as normal) with my tongue on the end of the comb of the harp. Nothing to block there, but still keeping my mouth and my embouchure in normal position to play as I normally would.

2) Tongue-switch and tongue-block to the right, just in case I may want some TB effect, or if I want to utilize the little quick "jump" that tongue-switching allows you. Although with TS'ing, you may not have all the articulation as you normally would with your more "normal" embouchure, which is TB'ing to the lower note side.

3) Pucker and just use it for that hole with a specific attack, if I want.

 

Have a great New Year's!!

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Mr. Lee's Mambo Seventh Chorus Breakdown Nov 04, 2016

That helps! Thanks, Rick.

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Mr. Lee's Mambo Seventh Chorus Breakdown Nov 04, 2016

Hi Rick - Any tips on how to fill the harp up with air? Seems like it would be easier to do while tongue-blocking. Thanks!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Nov 04, 2016

Hi Robert - Good question! Obviously I can't know exactly what Little Walter meant when he said "Fill the harp up with air, and then you just navigate" but what I gleaned from it is something like this - Once you've created a nice, tight seal, devoid of unintentional air leaks, then you can find a balance in your playing - a space that allows you to relax while still maintaining intensity.This enables you to obtain a good tone with a more effortless, smooth flow. After that, when you want to really punch it, you can and it'll jump out - providing some good, effective contrast. I hope that helps. For me, that Little Walter statement is both a concept to ponder and a goal to strive for.

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Blue Strollin' Eighth Chorus Breakdown Jun 24, 2016

A "cool stroll" and a great series of lessons - thanks, Rick!

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Trill Seeker Eighth and Ninth Chorus Breakdown Apr 25, 2016

A truly trilling series! Thanks, Dennis!

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Trill Seeker Performance and Introduction to Series Feb 27, 2016

Who says the trill is gone?

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Feb 27, 2016

Right on! 

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Cotton Blend 7th Chorus Breakdown Feb 19, 2016

Thanks for another great series of lessons, Rick - I learned a lot!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 23, 2016

Thanks Robert! I'm real happy to hear that!

Robert Fox
Robert Fox commented on: Cotton Blend 4th Chorus Breakdown Jan 26, 2016

Thanks, Rick!

 
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