Rick Estrin

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Chicago Shuffle


Verse 2 - I and IV Chord

I cover a lot of stuff this week - We're back focusing on the groove - I talk about tongue blocking vs lipping. I address the use of the 3rd hole blow a little and get sidetracked, ruminating on some my own personal feelings about the harp.

Rick

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Blues
key of E
A Harp
Chicago Shuffle

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:20 Run-Through of First 8 Bars (I, IV and I)

Loop 1:15 Breakdown of 1st 4 Bars (I Chord)

Loop 3:00 I Chord Slowly

Loop 3:28 Keeping Time and Breathing with the Rhythm

Loop 6:22 Slow Practice Loop of Whole Riff

 

 

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Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 16, 2022

Ok! Now it's working! Thanks for your patience! it sounds like you're getting the mechanics of the section memorized - The next thing you need to do is to think of the lick (and really whatever you play) in rhythmic context. When you have the groove as a constant thread running through everything you play, it'll all make sonic sense to the listener.

steve switzer
steve switzer May 16, 2022

The others seem to be working bow its some tech thing at your end it seems

steve switzer
steve switzer May 16, 2022

My go at this one working now !

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 23, 2022

Thank YOU, Steve. I'm glad you like it.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 23, 2022

In that two bar section you're talking about, you're correct about it being primarily on the 2nd hole, draw. I'm also slipping in the first hole draw between the 2 draw notes, mostly for rhythmic definition. And yes, there is a brief, full step bend on the 2 draw to create a sort of "trailing off" effect. And yeah, it was organic ;-)

steve switzer
steve switzer Apr 23, 2022

thx Rick great lesson

steve switzer
steve switzer Apr 23, 2022

on the very last section after the 4  it seems to be all 2 suck but 2 2 2 2double bend then 2 2 2 2 double bens am i right it sorta sound right to me

steve switzer
steve switzer Apr 23, 2022

this is great very 'organic' if thats not a tad new age

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura Mar 02, 2015

Hi Rick, Forget the question about counting in your head , you explained that later in the lesson! 

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura Mar 02, 2015

Hi Rick, on verse 2 chord I and IV are there any articulating sounds that you use? An example would be wa, cwa, gwada. tee,. in other songs. Also do you count out the beat in your head? It seems like you are using your breathe "off the harp" as part of the piece, is that correct?  Thanks for the help... I'm really trying to get the groove.

 

 

 

 

Daniel James
Daniel James Jun 11, 2014

Hello Rick! Thank you for another marvelous series of lessons and for sharing your many gems of how to be a musician and performer. I am not only learning so much from you, but I really enjoy your entire lessons. You have such an engaging AND entertaining style.

I do have a question about this specific lesson. I'm sure you answered it, but I wanted to make sure. This part of the song is all lip pursing isn't it? It has a lot of bounce and punch, so I keep thinking you are tongue blocking. But during part of the lesson you mention you are doing it with your lips for added articulation. Am I hearing you correctly?

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 15, 2014

Hi Daniel - I'm real glad you're enjoying/getting some benefit out of these lessons. I am lip pursing on the first two holes in this section. At one point during the lesson, I demonstrate the section tongue blocking just to show that it can be done and that it can be made to sound nearly identical using either technique. When I'm lipping, I'm "slipping" the 1 draw in for an instant as I'm about to play the 2 draw to simulate the effect of tongue blocking.  Thanks again and feel free to ask me any time you'd like some clarification.

 
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