Jerry Portnoy

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How Long

Performance with Rick

We're re-issuing one of Jerry's most popular lessons with re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Jerry: 

Here are Rick and I playing How Long Blues, a song originally done by the duo of Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell back in 1928. It has since been done by many, many artists in a wide variety of genres. It's got a pretty, wistful melody that, like Careless Love, doesn't require a lot of bends, acrobatics or difficult technique in the accompaniment. As always, listen to it a bunch before trying to play along so that you have it in your head and can anticipate notes that will sound good against the guitar chords.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:00 Intro

Loop 0:30 First Two Choruses

Loop 1:50 Solo First Chorus

Loop 2:25 Solo Second Chorus

Loop 1:50 Whole Solo (i.e. Loop Both First and Second Chorus)

Loop 3:00 Last Two Choruses with Ending

Loop 3:50 Ending Only




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Rene Feb 20, 2020

Mike's feedback: backing track will  be released this Friday! Cool! :-) 

Rene Feb 17, 2020

I try again: do you have Rick's backing track of this beautiful song?

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Feb 17, 2020

Email mike @ He will be able to tell you. 

don Jan 27, 2020

Same for me. Would love to get the chord progression Rick is using.

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