B. S. Blues Part 1 DownloadThis song is a study in the six not blues scale. This is one of my more difficult songs due to the exacting bends needed on hole three. If your bends here are weak or sloppy, the minor key blues will not likely work as well for you as the standard blues, which is more forgiving of sloppy bends. Being able to confidently and accurately play the blues scale will add many possiblilites to your playing, including playing over minor keys. . . .
B. S. Blues Part 2 DownloadThis song is a study in the six not blues scale. This is one of my more difficult songs due to the exacting bends needed on hole three. If your bends here are weak or sloppy, the minor key blues will not likely work as well for you as the standard blues, which is more forgiving of sloppy bends. Being able to confidently and accurately play the blues scale will add many possiblilites to your playing, including playing over minor keys. . . .
Boot Camp Tramp DownloadThis song is a study of the straight eighth (NOT a shuffle) groove most
commonly known as the "Tramp" groove from the song "Tramp," popularized
by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas. . .
Chasin' Lost Sonny DownloadPlease note that there are two things different about this song, “Chasin' Lost Sonny.”
First, it is twice the price. That is because it was at least twice as hard to prepare as anything else here in the Filisko Store.
The second is that there is not a single defined final arrangement for the song but instead, numerous building blocks that you will need to arrange into your own version of Sonny's stylistic. If you goal is to capture his special style, you will need to do a lot of listening to the numerous versions of this type of piece that he recorded. Some of those are listed in the song notes. You will hear these building blocks and countless variations of them. Please also go back and review the song notes often and continually listen to the sample tracks on the CD.
I. O. U. Blues DownloadThis is a study in slow blues and in developing the EP (exhale push).
IOU Blues stands for Inhale Only Ultimate Blues. Most of the powerful
blues sounds come from inhaling, so it made sense to me to write an
inhaling only study song. This is much in the spirit of the slow blues
by Little Walter, but does not have the advanced bending demands on hole
3. Be sure to read up on the Breathing Guides.
5 pages and 15 tracks.
Key to the High Weigh DownloadThis song is a detailed study in playing over the popular 8 bar blues associated with the song "Key to the Highway." Goals are learning to improvise over the 8 bar form and to improvise around the melody. The biggest challenges will be to "own" the melody, develop the technique necessary to play the bends with precision, and become solid with the 8 bar form. Going to the "V" on bar 2 will be very challenging. You must learn to avoid resolving on the tonic note (2 inhale) in the second bar and fine tune your bend on hole 3. Ten Instruction pages and 24 tracks.
MB-16 Blues DownloadThis song is a study of the melody for Little Walter's song "My Baby" played over 16 bar form similar to "This Train," "When the Saint's go Marching In," "Momma Don't Allow," and "Crawdad Hole." Since the V chord comes in early in the form and is played for two bars, these chord changes can be quite difficult to solo over for harp players who are only used to playing over the 12 bar form.
Pick-Up Boogie DownloadThis song is a study in playing the very common "pick-up" lick starting on hole three. The piece certainly has strong similarities to both of the Walters. The phrase played over the last 4 bars are almost always the same allowing you to become more skilled at playing quarter note triplets. It is also a little unusual that while the band goes to the V at the turnaround, the harmonica does not. This is a trademark of Jerry McCain. 8 pages of instruction sheets and 28 tracks.
Sonny's Shuffle DownloadThis song is a study of the 12 bar blues acoustic shuffle playing of Sonny Terry with most of his characteristic unique sounds, techniques, licks and phrases. It is my opinion that Sonny’s default embouchure is a one-hole tongue block
The Ham-Bo DownloadThis song will help you to gain command and undersanding of the famous 2-bar, straight eight groove, known either as the "Hambone" or "Bo Diddley" groove. Most often this groove is played as 1-chord blues. This piece is in the 12-bar form with a long V (five) and no turnaround is actually not a common blues form. The most important thing is to get the groove going and get the band locked in the 12-bar form. You should not even start playing until you can "mouth" out the groove. Record yourself doing it before you start learning the harp parts. You sould also learn to give the band finger signals as to what the chord changes are and be prepared to play the 1st chorus over again until the bankd is locked into the form and groove with you.