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We found this in the vault:

Rick and me playing an old traditional - "Careless Love." It's got a simple plaintive melody that I stay very close to throughout. It's a simple song to play - just make good sounds come out of the harmonica: clear single notes, light two-hole chords and octaves. We'll talk about that more next week when I delve into the details. Hope you enjoy it!

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Jerry Portnoy
A Harp
Rick Russell
Careless Love
key of E

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:00 Intro

Loop 0:45 First Two Chorus

Loop 2:08 Solo First Chorus

Loop 2:51 Solo Second Chorus

Loop 2:08 Whole Solo (i.e. Loop Both First and Second Chorus)

Loop 3:32 Last Chorus





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Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Jun 17, 2021

You're right. Listening to it now, it seems intrusive. In general, play fills between the vocal phrases and stay off the voice, though sometimes you can play something that supports a vocal line without clashing, or you can hold a certain sound underneath.

Hank Hamilton
Hank Hamilton Jun 17, 2021

I love what you and Rick do on this tune. I have the intro, but not up to speed, well ... not up to quality either, but it'll get there.

I notice that when you are playing in back of Rick's singing that it's pretty busy. I am not criticizing at all; I think it sounds great. But how much is too much. Maybe you have some suggestions on what to do to accompany a singer. (I just noticed you have a lesson on accompanying a vocalist, so I'll watch that before I ask any questions.)  Hank Hamilton

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Aug 19, 2014

Glad you guys liked it! The guitar track will be coming and you can see what Rick is doing on the guitar.

Preston Aug 09, 2014

I agree! its a beautiful tune and I really liked how Jerry played the harmonica... I would really appreciate it if Ricky could show us how he played the song on the guitar as I would like to play my guitar and harmonica for this song......

Boyd R
Boyd R Aug 08, 2014

I really love this tune thanks

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