Rick Estrin

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Blue Strollin'

First Chorus Breakdown

In this first verse of my piece, Blue Strollin', we cover a lot of ground, but the good news is, it's all stuff you'll have lots of opportunity to work on throughout the song. The "head" has us skipping around on the harp just a little bit and doing small variations on the initial lick. There's some tonguing for texture, some minimal venturing into the third octave on holes 7 and 8. There's also some "trills", bends, note shaping along with some cool use of space - In short, we'll be working with most of the stuff you want to have in your toolbox in order to make your harp playing sound like the blues.

Rick Estrin




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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:00 Rick and Rusty Playing the First Two Choruses of Blue Strollin'

Loop 0:55 Rick's Introduction to Blue Strollin'

Loop 1:50 Run-Through of First Verse Acoustically

Loop 2:22 Groove and Feel of the Tune

Loop 4:02 Breakdown of First Two Riffs on the I Chord

Loop 6:48 Breakdown of IV Chord Riff

Loop 8:07 Breakdown of Back to I Riff 

Loop 8:53 Breakdown of V Chord and Turnaround

Loop 12:42 Closing Thoughts




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harvey kail
harvey kail May 24, 2016

I'm looking forward to learning this bluesy stroll.  Thanks, Rick!


Gagi May 13, 2016

Hi Rick !!  greate song and fantastic performance...mr. rick!!!  i d like to know;in which method are you plaing in First Two Riffs on the I Chord ;tongue-blocking or piursed-lip method? thanks


Jim Wood
Jim Wood May 06, 2016

Fantastic! Thank you.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 07, 2016

Thank you! Glad you like it - Have fun with it.

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle May 06, 2016

Hi Rick !!  i d like to know , do you just feel the groove and sing the base line or you count in your head ?? 

to me it s like you just feel the groove and play the line ?? 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 07, 2016

Hey Andre - I'm just groovin' - If I focused too much on counting, I'd just get confused.

Boyd R
Boyd R May 06, 2016

that's one great song, the melody really sticks in your head. To me it sounds like you're doing some tongue blocking or tongue slaps. Am I right? Thanks for a great lesson.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 07, 2016

Hi Boyd - I'm probably tongue-blocking the whole time.

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