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Fattening Frogs for Snakes

Third Solo Verse, Breakdown of Last 8 Bars

Hey! Rick Estrin back again. This week we’re continuing to build the excitement in the middle solo verses of “Fattening Frogs”. In this lesson we pick it up on the IV with a couple variations on a classic Rice Miller (Sonnyboy II) lick. Then, we basically cut that lick in half. After that, we cut the half in half!

Check it out and let me know what you think.




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Bb Harp in the Key of F.

Loop 0:37 2nd Solo Verse

Loop 1:14 Breakdown of IV Chord (Bars 5 - 8)

Loop 11:10 Breakdown of V Chord and Turnaround (Bars 9 - 12)

Loop 14:07 Closing Thoughts





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Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner May 14, 2018

Andre!  This s--- does the same to me.  It's a f-------- rush!  Play on dude!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle May 14, 2018

Sorry Guys !! it s crystal Clear ... I won t do it again !!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 14, 2018


andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle May 13, 2018

This verse !! Wow "fucking unbelievable " with all the chordals stuff to built the tension and after... the 3 hole draw bent with a little vibrato when i m able to do it right , and then after ... I feel inside my body the urge to release everything on the "V" ??sorry  I m not sure , my understanding of music is not there yet ... but Wow ... what a sensation !!

and Yeah , I touch the way I always wanted to Sound ... and for that , Thank You Rick Estrin

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 14, 2018

Thank YOU Andre! 

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Apr 04, 2018

I wish I had a question you could answer that would help me get all this into my mouth faster, but alas, nothing to do but work it.  The explanations and demonstrations are very clear.  Always some techniques that are either new or just need more work and it's great to have such a cool tune to motivate me to work on them.  Tongue-blocked bends on holes 2 and 3 always need work and this one is giving me a workout.  I've not done a lot of acoustic hand work before so I'm learning a lot about that.  Keeping it in the pocket and going back and forth between harp and voice is challenging but really fun. It's got a ways to go before I can "get house" but it's coming together.  Thanks.

Boyd R
Boyd R Mar 31, 2018

I really enjoyed your lesson's

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Mar 31, 2018

Thanks Boyd. I enjoy trying to help people figure out how to get more out of their harp playing 

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