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1st and 2nd Chorus

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Here are the 1st and 2nd choruses of "Easy". Both choruses have the same melody but different sounds in playing them. The "growls" that I employ are done in two different ways. On the draw the sound is produced from the back of the throat, but on the blow it is produced by rolling the tongue.

A harp in key of E.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
Jerry Portnoy
A Harp
Big Walter Horton
Rick Russell

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A Harmonica in the Key of E.  Background listening: Easy - Big Walter Hornton & I Almost Lost My Mind - Ivory Joe Hunter

loop @ 0:00 Jerry and Rick Playing the First Two Choruses

loop @ 1:28 Breakdown of First Chorus

loop @ 7:14 Run-Through of First Chorus by Jerry

loop @ 8:12 2nd Chorus Warbles and Run-Through 




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Jan Schrama
Jan Schrama Jun 19, 2016

This is realy helpful for me with my notes and technic...i still have to study the other video's also, if i get into some questions by the lesson- video's i put them here for answering...thank you so far Jerry.

Jan.....from Holland, Sassenheim.

Bill Loehr
Bill Loehr Dec 09, 2015

How do you get those growls? I can get a growl (a poor one) on a draw note, but not at all on a blow. It's a great sound.

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Nov 15, 2013


You're making all the right sounds, which is great! Your time is a bit off, however. If you sing the song in your head as you play, you'll naturally play it in time. Also, you may be thinking too much about producing the effects (like the growls) instead of thinking of the music and just letting the technique happen.

Steve Barker
Steve Barker Oct 30, 2013

Portnoy is one cool cat. He not only oozes the blues, but he embodies what was good about beatniks, hippies and jazz cats that didn't OD. I know he's not old enough to have live at least most of that, he just comes by it naturally. I am signing up to learn about the blues harp from this master.

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