Rick Estrin

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Sonnyboy's Groove

Eighth Verse Breakdown

This is the last verse of "Sonnyboy's Groove" and we're cappin' off the song with what I would call a riff verse - repeating (with one small variation) the same riff through the first 8 bars. It's a little different in that the meat of the verse is the rhythmic chording with backing support from some single notes. This verse also starts on that 2nd beat that we introduced a couple weeks ago.

I know you're gonna have fun when you put this piece all together! Hopefully I'll see you again!

Rick Estrin



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Sonny Boy II
Sonny Boy Williamson
Rick Estrin
Sonnyboy's Groove

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:40 Run-Through of Eighth Verse First 8 Bars

Loop 1:08 Breakdown of Main Riff

Loop 3:56 Slow Practice Loop - Main Riff

Loop 4:40 Vocalizing the Main Riff

Loop 5:24 Breakdown of IV Change to the V

Loop 6:32 Whole Verse Slowly

Loop 7:15 Breakdown of V Chord and Ending

Loop 10:40 Whole Verse At Tempo

Loop 11:20 Whole Verse Slowly

Loop 12:25 Closing Thoughts





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Boyd R
Boyd R May 28, 2015

I'm taking more time on this, and the more Iearn. I'm really enjoying this, just got through  the tune and now I'm just starting to learn this


harvey kail
harvey kail Feb 07, 2015


Wow!  What a series of lessons on Sonny Boy's Groove,  Thanks for generosity of explanation and of spirit. And thanks for the intro to Sonny Boy II's way of playing the harmonica. This tune is a real challenge for me because there are so many moving parts, but I am having serious fun with each new phrase and riff.  I am focused on getting the five-change and the turn around in tongue block position as I move into verses two and three. Thanks to Jerry for long-lasting lessons on tongue blocking, which are available on Sonic Junction, as well, I have also found it very useful to listen to the later lessons on Sonny Boy's Groove  because often I hear or get something from one lesson that I can use on another.

Great harp playing, great teaching, Rick!






Boyd R
Boyd R Feb 06, 2015

this is a great tune. its like learning the harmonica all over again. Thanks for a great tune,

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 06, 2015

Thanks Boyd - I'm glad if I'm helping you  "freshen up" your playing!

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