Hank Hamilton

Hank Hamilton
Hank Hamilton commented on: Jug Band Waltz Jun 17, 2022

Hello Jerry and Rick, I love listening to the two of you play these songs as you teach them; so clean and clear and tasteful in every way. This kind of quality is the exception rather than the rule.

Now to my question: I am learning the Jugband Waltz. It is simple enough but there is one problem area for me and that lies in producing the "roll" sound on a draw note. I can do it on the blow notes, not perfectly as yet,  but am unable to get it to work on the draw notes. I heard what you said, that it was produced by a gutteral sound in the back of the throat and you made the sound for us. I will continue to try to get that sound, but no luck so far. I wonder if you might have some further ideas on this topic. It may be just something one can do or not do and that is the way it is.

I just now noticed that Harvey Kail made a similar inquiry back on Aug 25, 2012, my gosh, almost 10 years ago; I don't see a reply though.

I am also curious about Rick's guitar playing and I wonder whether he has done any instructional work. I play guitar but have laid it aside as I have gotten older (I am 84 yrs); I dragged it out a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I love Rick's approach to his accompaniment, fairly simple (deceptively so), always appropriate and rock-solid rhythm, yay Rick; oh, and I like Rick's singing too.

It reminds me of the playing of Mississippi John Hurt. His playing was so deceptively simple sounding. but I have never heard anyone, not anyone, who could get the sound and the feel of the songs like John could.

Thanks Jerry, and Rick too, for any input at all.

Hank Hamilton

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Jun 25, 2022

Hi Hank,

I'm not sure I can explain the sound you're referring to any better than I did in the video. It's kind of like a snoring sound on the In breath from the back of your throat. Hope that helps!

Hank Hamilton
Hank Hamilton commented on: Careless Love Performance Jun 17, 2021

I love what you and Rick do on this tune. I have the intro, but not up to speed, well ... not up to quality either, but it'll get there.

I notice that when you are playing in back of Rick's singing that it's pretty busy. I am not criticizing at all; I think it sounds great. But how much is too much. Maybe you have some suggestions on what to do to accompany a singer. (I just noticed you have a lesson on accompanying a vocalist, so I'll watch that before I ask any questions.)  Hank Hamilton

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