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First Position Abberition


Hey Sonic Junction -

It’s Rick Estrin, and I’m back with something I named, “First Position Abberition”. Then, just this morning, I checked and found out abberition isn’t even a word! I meant aberration! I guess the songwriter in me just liked the rhyme, so I’m claiming poetic license ;-) Spelling issues aside, I put this piece together to introduce a few atypical, yet really cool possibilities when playing blues in first position. There’s nothing musically revolutionary about anything I’m playing here, but I’m showing how it’s possible to break out of the monotony box, and while still playing blues, make some departures from the typical patterns commonly used in first position.

Get ready to have fun while simultaneously opening up your mind!




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 1st Chorus

Loop 0:27 2nd Chorus

Loop 0:54 3rd Chorus

Loop 1:19 4th Chorus

Loop 1:45 5th Chorus

Loop 2:11 6th Chorus

Loop 2:37 7th Chorus




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Boyd R
Boyd R Feb 18, 2022

getting it my head sounds great, it will be a fun one to play


Boyd R
Boyd R Feb 06, 2022

Great song. I'm going to learn  the song in my head before start playing notes

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 06, 2022

That's the way to do it! I'm real glad you like the tune, and beginning by getting it in your head is the best way to get it!

Rene Jan 24, 2022

Hi Rick. This is a great piece, i love it ! What's about the Backing Track (also very cool).

Best regards and stay healthy

This year, hope to see you and your Band at "Atlantis" in Basel :-)


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 24, 2022

Thanks Rene! I'm real glad you like it! We recorded a backing track. I'm not sure why you can't access it, but I'll look into it and make sure you can get it.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 24, 2022

Hi Guys -- thanks for the reminder!  The backing track is now up.  Enjoy.

Rene Jan 25, 2022

Great. Thanks 2 Rick and Mike :-)

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Dec 31, 2021

Hello to my old friend....apologize for using this format, but you know I love to talk music. OMG - totally advanced ideas and not the same ol' same ol'! Even "messin" with the time a little. Most unique to your approach is using notes created through bending technique (on 2 and 4 hole inhale) to not only create the flat 7th, but also that major 7th when appropriate. It was the most unique aspect I noticed about your playing from way back in the day, and you do it in this lesson, too! Happy New Year and all the best!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 31, 2021

Hey Larry - Happy New Year! I'm real glad you like the piece - To me, all the notes and licks are real normal for blues, they're just a little atypical for the usual approach to first position blues harmonica.

Mats Boll
Mats Boll Dec 18, 2021

It's always exciting to get something new from Rick. Can't wait to hear him talking about his intentions around this new piece.

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