Jerry Portnoy

Lesson >

Blues In A Dream

Fourth Chorus Breakdown

Chorus 4 Blues in a Dream. This chorus starts out with a light wistful feeling on the eighth hole draw and ends up with a warble lick that swells in intensity as it leads into the break on the next chorus.

Put some feeling into it!




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 3rd and 4th Verse Performance

Loop 2:08 Breakdown of 1st Riff

Loop 4:06 Practice Loop of 1st Riff

Loop 4:28 Breakdown of 2nd Riff to the Warble

Loop 5:17 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 6:56 Turnaround and Building Intensity Toward the Break

Loop 10:02 Practice Loop of Turnaround

Loop 10:55 Practice Loop of 4th Chorus

Loop 12:07 Closing Thoughts






Log in to leave a comment

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Nov 22, 2015

Hi Jerry,

Some interesting new challenges for me in this chorus.  First, on the opening 8 hole draw, sometimes it sounds like you're catching some of the 8-4 octave.  Am I imagining that?

On the warbles, tongue block all of that including the 4-5 draw?

Any tips on getting the hang of bending that 3-4 warble while tongueing?  The way you hit that 3 hole bend there is so sweet.  Actually as I'm doing this I'm realizing that the eee-ooo-ohhhh technique you taught in the master class helps when tongueing also.  Maybe I just have to do this about a million more times.

After the warbles, is that pretty much tongue blocking all the way out.  Do you lip purse the 2, 3 and 4 draws leading into the final three octaves?

Last thing for now.  It took a while to get the timing all through this piece.  Is there or will there be a backing track for this one?

A gazillion thanks.  I love this piece.



Login popup sm Login popup banner

Member Log In

Forgot your password? Click here

New To Sonic Junction?

See Sign Up Info >

Popup close
Login popup sm

New To Sonic Junction?

Try 2 Lessons Free

Popup close