Rick Estrin

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Mr. Lee's Mambo

Sixth Chorus Breakdown

Hey Sonic Junction -

This week we've got verse 6 of "Mr. Lee's Mambo". Remember back in verse 4, how it began with a semi-dramatic "shifting gears" by starting on the 2nd beat? This week's verse starts on the 2nd beat too, but with a different feel and attitude. Verse 6 begins kinda casually, by almost slipping in on that 2nd beat. From there it makes a nice transition into the IV where we reference a familiar bass line, then on the V we get slightly casual again and "shift gears" to begin the V lick on that 2nd beat. And as always, the primary objective in the construction of this verse (and the song) is to make apparent sense and tell a story - tone, texture, time, the shape of the notes, and the melody all work together to (hopefully) make that happen.

And remember, the main thing is, have fun with it!

and PS - Let me know what you think!

Rick Estrin




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Rick Estrin
Mr. Lee's Mambo

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 1:38 6th Verse Acoustically 

Loop 2:27 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 5:55 Breakdown of IV Chord

Loop 7:35 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 7:57 Symmetry

Loop 8:39 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 9:19 Breakdown Last 4 Bars

Loop 11:50 Practice Loop of Verse Six

Loop 12:24 Slow Practice Loop of Verse Six

Loop 13:10 Breakdown of Last Riff

Loop 15:14 Closing Thoughts

Loop 17:10 Practice Loop of Verse Six





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andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 18, 2017

thank s Jim !!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 17, 2017

 Hi Rick !! your advices please ....

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 18, 2017

Hey Andre - Great job on th 6th verse! The only thing that needs a little adjustment is the last lick. You're starting it the right spot, but listen more closely to the lick itself. It's different than what you're playing. The rest of the verse, up until that last lick is just about perfect!

joe markey
joe markey Oct 23, 2016

Thanks Guys!  



joe markey
joe markey Oct 23, 2016

Rick,  Thanks for another excellent lesson.  Will you be providing a backing track at some point?  



Mike Caren
Mike Caren Oct 23, 2016

Hi Joe --- thanks for the reminder.  Backing track is now up.  Enjoy.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Oct 23, 2016

Thank you, Joe - Glad you're enjoying the lesson.

Jim Wood
Jim Wood Oct 21, 2016

Thank you, getting good


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Oct 22, 2016

I'm really glad to hear it!

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