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The head to "Chicken Shack", originally done by Jimmy Smith on the Hammond B-3 organ. Key of F on a Bb harp. Another head that lays well for the harp. This tune was a staple in the repertoire of almost every blues band in Chicago and it should be in yours as well. Though it sounds perfectly fine when played as ordinary amplified harp, there are pedals available that can give you an organ sound that's really cool too.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Jerry Portnoy
Bb Harp
Key of F
Jimmy Smith
Chicken Shack

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Bb Harp in the Key of F.


loop @ 2:37 chicken shack head version 1


loop @ 3:22 chicken shack head version 2


loop @ 4:25 slow down of the head ending


Jimmy Smith playing Back at the Chicken Shack.


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daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Jun 04, 2012

that is a great reply Jerry..Thanks!

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Jun 04, 2012

I don't know if I'll do a video about playing amplified but I can tell you a few things. I'm not a gearhead. I like a clear sound. I'm not enamored of set-ups (whether it be the mic or amp or both) that give their own distorted or crunchy sound to everything. I like simple controls on the amp - volume, bass, maybe mids, treble and perhaps presence. I do like a touch of reverb on most things and sometimes a drop of echo, especially on slow blues instrumentals, so I use a pedal that offers me reverb and echo - either separately or in combination. I've heard people talk about mic technique and how it takes a while to learn about holding it properly and cup technique etc. My main advivce about that is to just hold it in a way that feels comfortable and just don't drop the damn thing. That's my mic technique. While I'm not completely dismissive of the difference in sound from various signal chains, remember that it's you who makes the sound and tone. Hope this helps. 

daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Jun 01, 2012

I would love to see a lesson in which you discuss amplied harp.....the whole siganl chaina nd how you cup the mic and harp. 

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