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Aurora Shuffle DownloadAurora Shuffle DownloadThis 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 . . .
Cubano Cha Cha DownloadCubano Cha Cha DownloadThis is a study of the Cha-cha-cha groove originated in Cuba and used by Muddy Waters in the head of later versions of his song, “Walking Thru The Park.” Slim Harpo’s “Buzzin” and Junior Wells’s “Cha Cha Cha in Blue” are other recorded songs using this type of riff driven groove. . . 
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.”
Down Low Blues DownloadDown Low Blues DownloadThis song is a study in how you can make your playing more bluesy sounding.  It is the result of a talk I give about how you can increase your Blues Horse Power (BHP).
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 . . .
Greazy BluezGreazy BluezThis is a study of two iconic riffs seen in the previous study songs, “Big Jim’s Blues” and “N P Blues.” I believe that both of these blues scale riffs radiate intense, dark, ornery blues. Folks know it within a few seconds of hearing. If you don’t like blues, this is not for you. 
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 . . .
Jerry's Cajun Blues DownloadJerry's Cajun Blues Downloadhis is a study of the Cajun approach to playing the harmonica which seems to have first been recorded by Arteleus Mistric on November 7, 1929 and later by players like Isom Fontenot and my dear brother Mr. Jerry Devillier, for whom this song is named.  Key to the Cajun approach is playing lots of splits that outline the chord changes and keep the rhythm pumping accurately with the breath pulse.  This is exactly what the single row Cajun accordion is doing.  It is basically tuned just like the harmonica.  Check out the Filisko Tongue Block Trainer if you need help developing accuracy with your splits.
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. . . 
Keys to the Highway DownloadKeys to the Highway DownloadThis is a study of the very common blues melody known as “Key To The Highway.” It’s an easier arrangement of the older FiliskoStore study song, “Key To The High Weigh.” The song is associated with Big Bill Broonzy and Jazz Gillum and was first recorded in 1941 . . . 
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.”  . . . 
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 . . . 
Westside Box ShuffleWestside Box ShuffleThis is a study of the riff often called the “Box Shuffle” by guitar and bass players. It can be played ascending, or like this version, descending. The advantage of this is that it is highly recognizable to any band that is familiar with blues . . . 
Zulu BoogalooZulu BoogalooThis is a study of the Boogaloo groove, which got its name from the 1960s dance of the same name. Remember that this groove is not a shuffle or swing. It is a straight-eighth note groove, very similar to the “Tramp” groove. Check out the George Harmonica Smith song, “Avalon Boogaloo.” This is also a study in how to use the blues scale. This song requires solid tongue blocking and breathing skills and moderate bending skills. Everything except the chords should be played using tongue blocking . . . 
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