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Blues In A Dream

Third Chorus Breakdown

This third chorus of "Blues in a Dream" should be played with a lighter attack in contrast to the two previous choruses. We're trying to create a more wistful mood here. Much of it, though played with tongue blocking, is played without the heavy slaps. Just keep your tongue on the harp and play the notes cleanly with a light touch.

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

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A Harp in the Key of E. 

Loop 0:00 2nd and 3rd Verse Performance

Loop 2:00 Breakdown of 1st Riff

Loop 3:40 Breakdown of 2nd Riff

Loop 4:35 High Riff Starting with an Octave

Loop 6:37 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 7:20 Turnaround Breakdown with Tongue Switching

Loop 10:25 Practice Loop of Third Verse

Loop 11:42 Closing Thoughts





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Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Nov 14, 2015

Thanks, Dave. It's all about the feeling and the emotional commitment to what you're playing.

Dave Nov 13, 2015

Generous of you to share your signature piece. Most keep that one to themselves. 

The notes are mostly pretty simple and it's all in the feeling you bring to them. Much appreciate your detailed explanations of how you attack the notes, vary the weight and use the space in between to bring out the feeling. That's where the artistry is and while I'll never get to where you're at in this lifetime, I take satisfaction from improving little by little. 

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