Rick Estrin

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Blue Strollin'

Seventh Chorus Breakdown

I'm not sure why, but this verse might be my favorite verse in this whole piece. I think it has something to do with the "leaning in" feel and phrasing of that recurring main lick. Whatever it is, to me, this is one cool verse! This verse will also give you a chance to utilize some of your leftover trills from Dennis' last series.

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 7th and 8th Chorus of Blue Strollin'

Loop 1:25 Run-Through of Seventh Verse Acoustically

Loop 2:08 Breakdown of Riff on the I Chord

Loop 5:33 Breakdown of IV Chord and Back to I Riff

Loop 8:09 Breakdown of V Chord and Turnaround

Loop 9:42 Slow Practice Loop of Seventh Verse

Loop 10:24 Closing Thoughts 






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Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Jun 22, 2016

I meant to say am I hearing things.  My iPad filled in a word for me.  

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 22, 2016

Hi Bill - I just did it to check out how it's happening, and I think you're correct. More importantly, what you did is the way to learn. Become an aural detective - listen carefully and then make small adjustments in your oral cavity or with your embouchure or with your breathing - trial and error - whatever produces the result you're looking for. 

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Jun 22, 2016


When you hit the four chord with that 1-hole blow the tone changes as that rhythmic kind of pulsing vibrato swells.  Are you sort of moving the sound from back deep more to front of your mouth. I think I can kind of get the tone that way.  Or am iI hearing tungsten?


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 20, 2016

I know that quote from Sonnyboy - pretty great. Seriously though, you're absolutely right - Blues is, at it's core, African music - so unless you're playing an instrument like a piano that's physically restricted to the 12 note European system, you get to make use of all the gradual bends and microtones that can make this music so conversational and so emotionally expressive.

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Jun 20, 2016

I couldn't resist.  It reminded me of a story I read about Sonny Boy Williamson when he played in Europe.  He said something like, these guys over here want to play the blues so bad, and they do.  Seriously though, it's endlessly fascinating how so much of the feel and emotion of this music comes from sounds that don't fall on a tuned piano.

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Jun 18, 2016

My version does indeed sound pitiful :)

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 18, 2016

Aw, Come on Bill - You know what I mean, right?

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