Jerry Portnoy

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Blues In A Dream


Here's my signature tune - "Blues in a Dream." This is played over the same bass line as Little Walter's "Last Night." Not a lot of notes and plenty of ambient space - just the way I like it. It should convey mood and emotion, so tone, phrasing and timing are paramount. Concentrate on putting yourself into each note and playing with feeling. The song builds to a peak at the break and finishes with a driving ending, but has a certain tender quality on the choruses played in the mid-upper range of the harp. This variance in volume and dynamics are important for the contrast that gives the song it's emotional impact.

Jerry Portnoy



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
Jerry Portnoy
A Harp
Rick Russell
Blues In A Dream

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E. 

Loop 0:00 Whole Song

Loop 0:00 Intro & First Verse

Loop 0:59 2nd Verse

Loop 1:53 3rd Verse

Loop 2:48 4th Verse

Loop 3:44 5th Verse

Loop 4:39 6th Verse and Ending





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Now that's the low down dirty rotten blues!! When u got the blues u don't won't to hear no Damm happy music. U ain't happy and don't want to b. The man don let u go yo woman done jumped in a Cadillac with another man and left yo ass and the repo man is looking for your ride. That's the blues.  That's the whining blues slow v and easy. Great job!

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Oct 23, 2015

At last. The Ultimate training song for blues harmonica.


Have been using this one for students for at least 14 years!


Great for ALL levels, beginner on up.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Oct 23, 2015

Wow.  I love the architecture and flow of this tune.

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