Jerry Portnoy

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Hand Effects

Good hand technique is especially important when playing acoustically. When you played amplified, because the microphone is held inside of the cup, the effects are much less dramatic. Nonetheless, there is still some effect when playing with a mic. Amplified or acoustic, you want to have a good seal to begin with.

For further study, among the best players to look at are Big Walter and Sonny Terry.    Big Walter for his ability to go from beautiful muffled notes emanating from deep inside .. to an incredibly live and vibrant sound when he opened his hands up.  Sonny Terry hand effects being highly expressive .. as well as a visual trip.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:36 Breakdown of Hand Effects

Loop 3:58 Dust My Broom Example for Practice 





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Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Dec 17, 2013

Hi Julian,

Glad you're enjoying these lessons. The de-mystification element saves a lot of time and fumbling around but even when you know how to do something, you still have to pratice, practice, practice. As long as it's fun though, practice shouldn't be a chore.

Julian Easten
Julian Easten Dec 17, 2013

Like every lesson you give Jerry, always shows the way to achieve the sounds that have been so elusive for so long!

Great stuff!!

Julian Easten


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