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6-P Blues DownloadThis song is a study of the 6th position with a nod to Rice Miller's "Help Me" and Booker T's "Green Onions." Please do make note that "Help Me" was NOT played in 6th position nor am I implying that it should be. Just happens to work fairly well. The very first known recording of blues harp in 6th was played by Eddie Mapp in a Curley Weaver song called "No No Blues" on May 26, 1929. There doesn't appear to be any other recordings of 6th until Little Walter took a one-chorus chromatic harp solo in an instrumental called "That's It" on July 23, 1953. 6th position is the most uncommon of the 7 modal positions. I personally have found that there is a fair amount of potential for it is as a blues position and hope to convey that potential in this piece.
Bhumba 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. . . .
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. . .
Buffalo 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 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)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 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 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
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.
Little Boogie DownloadThis song is a study of one of the blues harmonica essentials, playing a boogie riff. In the late 1940’s and early 50’s, this style of piece was recorded by Walter Horton, who appears to have called himself “Little Walter,” Forrest City Joe and Jimmy Rogers with more to follow. If you are able to play the first few bars with confidence and good rhythm, you will be able to start the song without a count-off and signal the band in at the IV chord. This song is also a warm-up for the study song “Shakey’s Boogie,” which is a warm up for the classic instrumental“Walter’s Boogie.”
Q Boogie DownloadThis song is a study in playing FAST and using musical quotes. Playing the quotes will also sharpen your bending skills . . .