Rick Estrin

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Sonnyboy's Groove

Introduction Breakdown

We're re-issuing one of Rick's most popular lessons with re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Rick: 

This week we'll be focusing on the intro verse. You'll want to get this one dialed in because the intro is going to be your first and best opportunity to grab the listener's attention. It starts out with octaves, makes a rare (for crossed position blues harp) brief excursion up to the 8th hole draw, and when it comes back down we're alternating between single notes and chords with some hand effects. The 5 change uses a 3 draw, bent all the way down to the 2 of the scale (a whole step). It's a little challenging, but we'll keep using it throughout this series, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to work on perfecting it.

As always, the main thing is - Have fun with it!

Rick Estrin



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:00 Rick and Robert Performing the Intro and First Verses

Loop 0:42 Overview and Goals of the Series

Loop 2:37 Rick Playing the Intro At Tempo

Loop 3:00 First Octave Riff

Loop 3:40 Practice Loop of Octave Section with Wah Wah's

Loop 4:23 Breakdown of Wah Wah's

Loop 5:30 Breakdown of Turnaround

Loop 8:00 Practice Loop of Intro

Loop 8:38 Closing Thoughts




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Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Nov 15, 2022

I can do a lot on the harmonica, but the Sonny Boy Groove has excaped me for years. Thanks for the tutorial.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Nov 15, 2022

Well Larry, I'm glad I could help, and yeah, you can absolutely do a lot on the harmonica 😂

Seriously though, Sonnyboy 2's style is pretty unique, so again, I'm glad I could help.

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