Jerry Portnoy

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Lesson 8

Juke 8th Chorus. This is the last chorus. By now you should have the song in your head and be able to anticipate the phrases and melody. The techniques related to attack, phrasing and striking your notes correctly will be applicable in many contexts. Keep working on technique and keep coming back to this song over time. As you get better you'll be able to get closer and closer to the original.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
Jerry Portnoy
A Harp
Little Walter

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

loop @ 0:06 to practice the 8th chorus slowly

loop @ 1:37 to practice the closing of the song


Little Walter Jacobs (1930 - 1968) changed the Chicago blues sound in 1952 with his instrumental "Juke", spending eight weeks in the #1 position on the Billboard magazine R&B charts.

The 8th chorus is from 2:20 on the timecode to the end of the video.




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Rich G
Rich G Apr 28, 2012

Hi Jerry, As always, great lesson. I look forward to what you and Rick do with this song.  I'm sure you have a number of songs in mind for future lessons, but I'd like to suggest a few if you don't mind.  One would be Little Walter's "Blues With a Feeling," which I love.  Another is James Cotton's "Dealin' With the Devil."  And a third is George Smith's "Blowin' the Blues."  Of course, anything else from Little Walter would be great, or Big Walter - like "Christine" or "Little Boy Blue."  Thanks.  Rich

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