Jerry Portnoy

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Blues In A Dream

Second Chorus Breakdown

Here's the second chorus of "Blues in a Dream". This chorus contains strong tongue slaps, octaves, bends and embouchure switches. This helps set up the next chorus which will be played with a lighter touch to create contrast in tone and mood.

A harp in key of E.




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 First and Second Chorus Performance

Loop 1:55 Breakdown of 1st Riff

Loop 3:26 Breakdown of 1st Riff Variation with Crying

Loop 4:40 Answer to the Crying Lick

Loop 5:30 Practice Loop of First Two Riffs and Crying Lick

Loop 6:03 Breakdown of IV Chord Riff and Back to the I

Loop 8:03 I Chord and Turnaround Breakdown

Loop 9:42 Practice Loop of Second Chorus

Loop 10:53 Closing Thoughts




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Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Nov 12, 2015

Glad you guys are digging this one! Though I have played customized harps from time to time, it's usualily a Marine Band right out of the box.

Eric C Rodenberg
Eric C Rodenberg Nov 11, 2015

Jerry - this is a flat-out killer. I doubt if I'll ever get it down like you have it, but I greatly appreciate your sharing. A truly great signature piece. Thanks.

Robert Nov 10, 2015

Hey Jerry...been waiting for this one!.....I'm gonna put everythibg  I got into it...Thanks for putting your signature piece out there and sharing it. I really mean that, Your giving your all to us students. Back in the day when you were out on the road did you just pull marine band harps out of the box and play this song or did you have them tuned up?

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Nov 10, 2015

Hi Tim,

Rick is playing a Marine Band 364 which is a C harp pitched an octave lower than a a regular 10 hole C.

tim james
tim james Nov 10, 2015

cheers Jerry !!!!

tim james
tim james Nov 10, 2015

hi Jerry !!  could you please tell me what  the longer harps  are  called ? [ like  Rick Estrin  uses  in GETIN OUTA  TOWN]  i  can't find any in advertisement s  from hohner  and seydel   cheers


Thx mike


What key or ru playing crossharp?

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 07, 2015

Jerry is playing and A Harmonica.  The song is in the key of E.

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