Rick Estrin

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2nd and 3rd Verse Breakdown

Hey Sonic Junction!

This week we'll be dissecting verses two and three of the James Cotton/Otis Spann gem, "Lightnin". Verse two is a variation of the verse one theme, with some, different hand effects, some contrast devices, and a couple other small twists.  Verse three is a departure from the theme. It's almost all tongue flutters and trills up to the V change. There're a lot of textural variations coloring this tune. Add as many as you can to your expression pallet and learn to incorporate them as you feel 'em!

Rick Estrin





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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 1:11 Run-Through of 2nd Verse

Loop 1:44 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 3:47 IV Chord Breakdown

Loop 5:32 Turnaround Breakdown

Loop 9:35 3rd Verse - Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 12:30 3rd Verse - IV Chord Breakdown

Loop 14:12 3rd Verse - Turnaround Breakdown

Loop 15:20 3rd Verse Practice Loop





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Boyd R
Boyd R Feb 25, 2019

3rd Verse is a little tricky, I like it

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 25, 2019

Glad you like it, Boyd!

Boyd R
Boyd R Jan 22, 2019

Very fun to play. A lot in here

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 18, 2019

Wow  Rick ... that s the Scariest thing I ve heard lately .... définitely want to play with intentional slop !! love that s stuff !! witch album of Cotton would you recommand with that stuff ?? thanks a lot !!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 19, 2019

There's a CD series called Chicago The Blues Today - Volume 2 of that series has some songs by the Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet. Get that! Get The Blues Never Die, by Otis Spann. Get Johnny Young's Chicago Blues Band on Arhoolie records. Those'll be a great place to start 

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