Rick Estrin

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First Position Abberition

First Verse Breakdown

Hey Sonic Junction, it’s Rick Estrin.

I’m back, and this week we’re beginning the lesson portion of my new first position series. The verse starts out with a simple statement. As the idea unfolds, we’ll expound a little bit on that statement, introducing a small variation just to break things up. We’ll depart from the established theme with a couple bouncy little licks on the V, and the IV, and finish up the verse with a concise little resolving phrase that’s going to come up a few more times throughout the song. As always, it’s very important to pay close attention to staying in the pocket. Keep the groove in your head - even during the spaces between the notes. That consistent mental groove is always applicable, and it’s so crucial, I’m going to suggest making it a general rule. It could turn out to be the best Christmas present you ever gave yourself!

Happy holidays, and I’ll see you next week!




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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harmonica in the Key of A.

Loop 0:00 Playing in First Position

Loop 2:45 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 4:30 1st Chorus Acoustically

Loop 8:07 Breakdown of Middle 4 Bars

Loop 10:00 V Chord Breakdown

Loop 12:38 Slow Practice Loop

Loop 13:14 Review and Closing Thoughts





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Boyd R
Boyd R Jun 27, 2022

Great lesson. New lesson needed thanks

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