Twisted 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.”
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 . . .
USB Blueshis is a study of the horn riff used in the Gary US Bonds song, Down In New Orleans. This groove is not a shuffle or swing. It is a straight eighth note Rock type of groove. The overall tonality is very blues “lite,” actually using the major scale. The solo is very accordion like . . .
Westside 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 . . .
Wishing BluesThis is a study of the Jungle groove, blues scale and the riff used in the Billy Boy Arnold song “I Wish You Would,” but sequenced into a 12-bar form similar to the Ray Charles song, “What’d I Say?”. This groove is not a shuffle or swing. It is a straight 8th-note groove with a heavy use of the tom drums. The overall tonality is very dark blues and is also a study in tongue block switching . . .
Zulu 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 . . .