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These are the oldest study songs in the store.  They all have been updated with newer versions that include an accompaniment chorus behind a guitar solo and much clearer notes on the correct breathing that is necessary.  Some folks still use them when teaching so we keep them here.

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B1 Blues DownloadB1 Blues DownloadThis study song uses a common riff based off the notes in the Major 6 chord of the chord change. Many other commom blues licks are used in the body of the piece. It is named after the famous "B1" blues room at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
Bhumba Rhumba DownloadBhumba Rhumba DownloadThis song is a study in the straight eighth rumba groove which is NOT a shuffle or swing type of groove. The rumba groove is most commonly characterized by the riff played on page 1 and 8. This is a groove that should be in every blues harp players repertoire. . . .
Buffalo Shuffle-O DownloadBuffalo Shuffle-O DownloadThis song is a Chicago style song that uses a very common blues type of melodic head on the 1st & 6th chorus. You will hear influences by Big Walter and Little Walter. . .
Bye Bye Byrd DownloadBye Bye Byrd DownloadThis is a beginning-intermediate, 6 chorus instrumental that focuses on the style of harp legend Rice Miller and designed to help develop techniques and abilities that can put the player on a path to better understand the blues harmonica sound.
Lesson includes the song played acoustically and played amplified in it's complete form. . .
E-Z BlueZ Download (not to be confused with L II E-Z BlueS with an s)E-Z BlueZ Download (not to be confused with L II E-Z BlueS with an s)Level III Beginning-Intermediate 5-chorus melodic blues instrumental to help develop techniques and abilities that can put the player on a path to better understand the blues harmonica sound. Also a light study in the style of Walter Horton.
Lesson includes the song played acoustically and played amplified in it's complete form......
East Aurora Shuffle DownloadEast Aurora Shuffle DownloadNew 12-18-2013 Level III - Medium Tempo 12 Bar Blues Shuffle - This song is intended to be one of the easier Level III songs. It is actually a revised version of "Buffalo Shuffle-O" which is named after Rick Nicotra and numerous other friends in the Buffalo, New York areas. After using it for a few years, I decided to make some upgrades to it. This song very much has a Big Walter type of sound to it. The head hints of T.D.'s Boogie Woogie and is very recognizable as classic Chicago Blues that I think every blues harp player should know.
I Need My Baby Blues DownloadI Need My Baby Blues DownloadThis song is a study of the style of Walter Horton and how we would likely play a melodic type of blues. Please pay careful attention to the anticipated / swung notes & chords, the quarter note triplets in the solo page and on page 7, and the consistent use of throat tremolo. As a long term goal, please work towards incorporating the use of bright head tones. ALWAYS be listening to Walter's recordings!!!
8 pages of instruction notations and 26 instruction tracks
Out of the Box DownloadOut of the Box DownloadThis song is a study in the "Box Shuffle." It is an instantly recognizable classic blues riff that is the same groove as the "Jimmy Reed" shuffle but tends to sound a little more modern. It should be an essential part of all harp players repertoire. While this version of the song is "bending light," it does exploit the strengths of the harmonica and is full of thythmical challenges and mainly uses notes from the blues scale. When you can perform the entire piece with attitude, you can move on to the more difficult version called "In the Box", which has more advanced bending in it.
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