Jerry Portnoy

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Blues In A Dream

First Chorus Breakdown

Here's the first chorus of my slow blues - "Blues in a Dream." Starting with a tongue roll. it incorporates almost all the basic blues techniques: tongue blocking, lip pursing, precision bends, octaves etc. Tone, timing and phrasing are paramount in slow blues; there's lots of space around what you play, so there's nowhere to hide. Put yourself into those notes and play it with feeling.

A harp in key of E.

Good luck!




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
Jerry Portnoy
A Harp
Rick Russell
Blues In A Dream

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E. 

Loop 0:00 Intro & First Verse Performance

Loop 1:57 Breakdown of 1st Riff

Loop 3:56 Breakdown of 2nd Riff

Loop 4:44 Repeated Variation of the First Two Riffs

Loop 5:38 Practice Loop of First Four Bars

Loop 6:05 Breakdown of IV Chord Riff and Back to the I

Loop 8:04 Practice Loop of First Eight Bars

Loop 9:38 Turnaround Breakdown

Loop 10:53 Practice Loop of First Verse




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Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Nov 03, 2015

That's why slow blues is the real test.

Tominou Nov 02, 2015

Happy to see you again, really.

Since you said "there's nowhere to hide in this song", a big smile is fixed on my face, cause I was thinking at the same time "Wow, I'm gone a feel a bit naked playing such a song!".

Thank you.


Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Oct 30, 2015

Glad you guys are digging it!

tim james
tim james Oct 30, 2015

welcome back and thanks heaps Jerry!!!!!

Boyd R
Boyd R Oct 30, 2015

I love this lesson

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