Jerry Portnoy

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Hoochie Coochie Man

Clapton Solo - First Riff

Hi everybody and welcome to this weeks video post.  I hope you enjoyed Rick's breakdown of Chicago Shuffle.  Over the next couple weeks I'm going to break down the solo I played for Hoochie Coochie Man with Eric Clapton at Hyde Park. The solo is in the Key of A played with an A Harp.  There are some previous Jimmy Reed style lessons describing how to play in first position with an emphasis on blow bends.  It would be a good idea to take a look at these and work on your technique if blow bends are new to you.  We're going to take this solo step by step and isolate small sections to make sure you get them right.   Eventually you will be able to put them all together and see some really great progress.  Have a great week.



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Key of A
Jerry Portnoy
Eric Clapton
A Harp
Hoochie Coochie Man

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of A.

Loop 0:00 Hoochie Coochie Man Solo with Clapton

Loop 3:07 Breakdown 

Loop 4:25 Slow Practice Loop

Loop 4:46 Closing Thoughts


Background Techniques: Blow Bends Lesson 1 & Blow Bends Lesson 2





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George Garvin
George Garvin Mar 15, 2020

Hi Jerry, 


Do you lip purde the high register portion of the solo?



Gagi Sep 01, 2017

 finally!!! it's "five long years" in same concert with clapton and jerry's amazing solo...



Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Sep 02, 2017

Nice job, man! Sounding good!!

Gagi Sep 02, 2017

thanks a lot Mr.Jerry...after the first listening to this solo I decided to play this crazy instrument...

Preston Jul 22, 2014

Dear Jerry here is the list of songs I would like you to breakdown I hope that you can cover them all...

Thanks & Regards,


How Long Blues.....Five Long Years....Goin' Away Baby....Blues Leave Me Alone....Standin' Round Crying

joe markey
joe markey Jul 21, 2014

Jerry, I'm a relative new comer to this site and have really enjoyed your lessons over the past two months.  Thanks!  

Since you asked about songs we'd like to have you to break down, I'd love to have you break down LW's "Off the wall".  I know its another instrumental but its also another classic.  On my iTunes version of the song, from 2.25 on is particularrly hard to break down.  

Thanks!   Joe



Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Jul 21, 2014

Thanks guys! Let me know what solos or songs you'd like me to break down and I'll try to accomodate your requests.  I'll be teaching along with some outstanding guest instructors.

Preston Jul 14, 2014

Dear Jerry its so nice to have you back!! . I love the way you played with Eric Clapton I was listening to the songs sometime back and the harmonica you played is just fact I was trying to learn some of the songs and work out what you played and I'm glad that you chose to teach us Hoochie-coochie man. I hope you would continue and teach us some more of what you played with Eric Clapton.

Best Regards,


joe markey
joe markey Jul 13, 2014

Never mind.  I got it.  Thanks anyway.   

joe markey
joe markey Jul 13, 2014

Anyone else having trouble getting the video to run past the Clapton concert?  I can't seem to get the lesson to play.  

Thanks.  JOe

tim james
tim james Jul 12, 2014

welcome    back jerry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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