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Nine Below Zero


We'll begin this series of lessons by concentrating on just the first half of the first verse. In this portion of the song, I'll help you learn to develop your auto-groove - AKA, your mental metronome. Internalizing this lesson's simple message, can make anything you play come to life! Getting a real good grasp on this one lesson can open the door to a whole new world for you in your harp playing - And, I'm not even exaggerating!

Rick Estrin




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Sonny Boy II
Rick Estrin
Nine Below Zero

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A Harp in the Key of E

Loop 0:00 Intro to Nine Below Zero and Sonny Boy Williamson II

Loop 1:45 Introduction to the Groove 

Loop 2:40 Groove Example

Loop 3:07 Breakdown of Groove (Hip - Lup)

Loop 7:25 Practice Loop of Groove

Loop 8:30 Slow Practice Loop of Groove

Loop 9:07 Closing Thoughts





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Marc Graci
Marc Graci Jul 10, 2018

Cool. Love the focus on the basics. I hope I can get this down. Like Vic Wooten says, it all starts with the groove.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jul 10, 2018

Have fun with it - and, Vic Wooten is absolutely right!

Dave Jun 27, 2015

Do I hear a little pickup note just before the 3-4 draw slide? Sounds like it could be a tongue slap on the three draw or a slight double articulation of the final chord exhale. What are you doing there? 

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jun 30, 2015

Hi Dave - Good ear! I'm often breathing through the harp to keep that groove going and in listening to what I did when I demonstate the lick slowly, I could sometimes hear a little exhale pick-up - Most importantly, the rhythmic feel of that pick-up is always there - whether I play it or not.

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