Rick Estrin

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Blue Strollin'

Fifth Chorus Breakdown

This fifth verse of Blue Strollin' is almost all about vibrato and double-stops. I'm using the term "double-stop" in an attempt to properly describe the playing of two adjacent notes at once. I actually prefer the term I heard from Paul Oscher way back in the 1960s - "intentional slop". Notice that when I'm employing this "intentional slop", the lower note is generally emphasized a little more than than the higher one. Also worth noting is the way I'm trying to retain the triplet feel of the song in the cadence of my vibrato. When used strategically, these two techniques can create a lot of tension, drama and excitement in your playing.

Rick Estrin




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Rick Estrin
Blue Strollin
Rusty Zinn

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:00 Rick and Rusty Playing the 5th and 6th Chorus of Blue Strollin'

Loop 1:40 Run-Through of Fifth Verse Acoustically

Loop 2:30 Breakdown of Riff on the I Chord

Loop 5:44 Breakdown of IV Chord and Back to I Riff

Loop 6:34 Practice Loop of All 12 Bars

Loop 7:09 Breakdown of V Chord and Turnaround

Loop 9:53 At Tempo Practice Loop of 5th Verse

Loop 10:34 Closing Thoughts




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Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Jun 05, 2016

I was hoping you'd say that!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 05, 2016


Boyd R
Boyd R Jun 04, 2016

A lot of good stuff to learn, love it I'm starting on my forth verse. Loving it

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 05, 2016

Thanks Boyd - Have fun with it!

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Jun 04, 2016

I prefer to think of it as a goal-oriented growth mindset, but it definitely has the look and feel of an affliction at times. 

Do you do those first three draw chords all on one breath?  I think I have to work on my yogic breathing.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 04, 2016

Hi Bill - I had to check, but no, I don't do all that in one breath. I exhale (stealthily) after 2 bars. I move the harp slightly away from my mouth for just long enough to inaudibly expel the air.

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Jun 03, 2016

Hi Rick,

This was the verse I wrote you about back when you first put up the performance.  I've been working, working on those 2 and 3 hole TB bends.  This week is dedicated to the vibrato.  Sometimes when you give something a rest you come back to it in a little while and it's better.  The next verse goes back to worrying the 3-hole  so that's my plan.  I've got the triplet thing on the vibrato but it doesn't have that smooth pulsing sound you do so well.  When I play one hole, especially the 2, I can get a suction in my throat that makes my whole head and ears vibrate.  Not so easy with multiple holes.  I'll be curious to see where I can get in a week. 



Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 03, 2016

Hi Bill - You'll get it - All it takes is focus and repetition....it also helps if you're a little bit  OCD. The main thing is, just stick with it and don't get discouraged. Have a little patience - put in the time and you'll get it.

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jun 03, 2016

Wow !! What a Verse , sound "Big" , really like it !!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 03, 2016

Glad you like it Andre!

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