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5-Hole Instrumental 3 Download5-Hole Instrumental 3 DownloadThe goal with this LEVEL III instrumental is to continue to build upon the Level I & Level II versions of this song that you have memorized. It’s quite likely that you will need a minimum of a year of experience before attempting this. The new techniques you will use are dirty notes, ornamental bending, vamping and the split-4 block.
Aurora ShuffleAurora ShuffleThis study song is a revised and easier version of “East Aurora Shuffle” which is a revised version of “Buffalo Shuffle-O,” and was named in honor of Rick Nicotra and other friends in the Buffalo area. It has a Big Walter Horton sound to it . . .
Bird Instrumental 3 DownloadBird Instrumental 3 DownloadThe goal with this LEVEL III instrumental is to continue to build upon the Level I & Level II versions of this song that you have memorized. It’s quite likely that you will need a minimum of a year of experience before attempting this. The new techniques you will use are vamping (v) and the rapid vamping (RV) chordal effect heard on tracks 4, 8, 10, 12, 16 & 18. . .
Boogie Instrumental 3 DownloadBoogie Instrumental 3 DownloadThe goal with this LEVEL III instrumental is to continue to build upon the Level I & Level II versions of this song that you have memorized. It’s quite likely that you will need a minimum of a year of experience before attempting this. The new techniques you will use are dirty notes, ornamental bending, vamping and the split-4 block. . .
Chicago Box Shuffle DownloadChicago Box Shuffle DownloadThis is a study of the riff often called the “Box Shuffle” by guitar and bass players.  It can be played decending or like this version, ascending.  The advantage of this is that it is highly recognizable . . .
Did-lee 12-Bar DownloadDid-lee 12-Bar DownloadThis LEVEL III instrumental is a study of the Hambone groove very often associated with many songs by Bo Diddley and early Rock & Roll.  It’s an Afro-Cuban clave rhythm.  Most often you will hear this groove faster and used over a continuous I chord like the song “Bo Diddley.”
E-Z Instrumental 3 DownloadE-Z Instrumental 3 DownloadThe goal with this LEVEL III instrumental is to continue to build upon the Level I & Level II versions of this song that you have memorized. It’s quite likely that you will need a minimum of a year of experience before attempting this. The new techniques you will use are dirty notes, ornamental bending, vamping, rapid vamping and the split-4 block . . .
First Straight Shuffle DownloadFirst Straight Shuffle DownloadThis is a study of how to begin to start and incorporate the skill of first position or, straight harp blues playing.  Up until 1937, about half of the blues playing was in second position and the other half in first.  Currently, blues harp styles are taught starting off with second position.  This is a beginning approach to playing straight harp blues while using all 10 holes.  . 
Inhale Blues DownloadInhale Blues DownloadThis is a study of how inhaling is one of the secrets to where the deepest and darkest blues is to be found on the harp.  The inspiration came from the slow blues recordings of Little Walter and how, after carefully transcribing many of his recordings, I came to realize that frequently more than 90% of all the notes he played were only inhaling notes . . .
John Lee's BluesJohn Lee's BluesThis song is a study of the style of John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson #1 who recorded from 1937 to 1948.  If you already have my study song “Jail W. Blues,” you may not need this as it is easier, but has an accompaniment part behind the guitar solo.  His driving aggressive big sound & tone playing approach is the foundation of the Chicago Blues playing style. . . 
Minor Third Shuffle DownloadMinor Third Shuffle DownloadThis is a study of minor key blues and third position.  Minor keys are more challenging on the harp than standard blues keys.  Third position is one option worthy of study for minor keys.  It was first recorded by Little Walter on the Muddy Waters song Lonesome Day in 1951. . . 
Monday Blues DownloadMonday Blues DownloadThis song is a revised version of an earlier song called B1 Blues.  The riff is based off of the major pentatonic scale and also sequenced over the IV chord. It is tonally very “major” sounding and could be thought of as “blues light.”  
Need More Walter DownloadNeed More Walter DownloadThis LEVEL III instrumental is another in the style of Big Walter “Shakey” Horton.  It’s also a simplified and refined version of an earlier study song called “I Need My Baby Blues.”   . . . 
Rumba Blues DownloadRumba Blues DownloadThis is a study of the commonly heard blues rumba.  One big advantage of knowing a song like this is that it is highly recognizable to any band that is familiar with blues.  This allows you to start the song off and signal the band in at the IV chord if your rhythm and playing are strong . . .
Tramp O-Matic DownloadTramp O-Matic DownloadThis is a study of the Tramp groove, getting its name from the song “Tramp,” popularized by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas.  Remember that this groove is not a shuffle or swing.  It is a straight eighth note groove.  This is a simplified version of the older study song called “Boot Camp Tramp.”  . . . 
Twisted Tongue Swing DownloadTwisted Tongue Swing DownloadThis is a study of working the vamping/slapping into the low range of the harp as much as possible, and gets some inspiration from earlier study song, “Lock Jaw Blues,” and the John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson song, “Mellow Chick Swing.”
Up the Wall DownloadUp the Wall Download
This song is a revised and simplified version of “Pick-Up Boogie” that I released in 2011.  It has ideas from both Little Walter and Big Walter Horton . . . 
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