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Sonnyboy's Groove

Seventh Verse Breakdown

In this lesson we'll focus even more on the hand effects that are commonly called "wah, wahs". I'll explain and demonstrate the differences in beginning and ending notes with cupped, closed hands vs beginning or ending with open hands, and doing those hand effects in conjunction with bends.

Hopefully helping you learn to "speechify" the harp so you can make it "say" what you want it to "say". This week it's not only "wah, wah" but "ow" and "wow".

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 0:14 Run-Through of Seventh Verse

Loop 0:35 Breakdown of First Riff Bars (Bars 1 and 2)

Loop 1:46 Practice Loop - First Riff Bars (Bars 1 and 2)

Loop 2:02 Breakdown of Second Riff Bars (Bars 3 and 4)

Loop 3:05 Breakdown of IV Change (Bars 5 and 6)

Loop 3:48 Practice Loop - IV Change Slowly

Loop 4:25 Breakdown of I Chord (Bars 7 and 8)

Loop 5:51 Breakdown of V Chord and IV Chord (Bars 9 and 10)

Loop 8:15 Practice Loop - V and IV Chord

Loop 8:37 Breakdown of Turnaround

Loop 9:09 Closing Thoughts





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harvey kail
harvey kail Jun 28, 2015

Hey Boyd,

I know exactly what you are talking about. Learning Sonny Boy's Groove was my New Year's Resolution, The big challenges have been bending from a tongue block position and being able to recognize what verse comes next.   The tune is still a work in progress for me, but, many months later,I feel like I am far enough along with it that I can turn to something new.   And, lo and behold, a new Rick Estrin tune has appeared in the firmament: Nine Below Zero! Get your groove on, Boyd.  Here we go again!

Boyd R
Boyd R Jun 28, 2015

I hate to say it I'm still working on this tune. This is so much to work on. And I'm having fun

Boyd R
Boyd R May 31, 2015

Every time I work on this, Iearn something more. love it

harvey kail
harvey kail Mar 21, 2015

This is a great Rick Estrin lesson.  Worth the cost of admission!


Eric C Rodenberg
Eric C Rodenberg Feb 04, 2015

Hi Rick:

Some incredible knowledge here. I don't own that 3-draw yet, but I will.

Thanks for all these good vibes - keep them coming.



Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 06, 2015

Thanks Eric - Real glad you're enjoying it. And you're not alone - that 3 draw is a real challenge for almost everyon!

Jim Wood
Jim Wood Feb 04, 2015

Don't worry.  It is fun!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 06, 2015

That's the main thing!

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