Jerry Portnoy

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Key to the Highway

Intro Breakdown

Here's the intro to "Key to the Highway" as I played it with Rick. You'll be using single notes, two hole chords, and bends - using your hands to get some nice wah- wahs as you let the notes rise to the natural pitch from the bend.

C harp in key of G.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Jerry Portnoy
C Harp
Key of G
Key to the Highway

Print Print Chords & Tab

C Harmonica in the Key of G.

Loop 0:00 Jerry & Rick Playing the Intro Together

Loop 0:49 Breakdown of 1st Part of Intro

Loop 3:47 Run-through of 1st Part of Intro

Loop 4:17 Breakdown of 2nd Part of Intro

Loop 4:56 Run-through of Whole Intro

Loop 5:38 How To Learn






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Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Dec 18, 2014

HI Daniel,

You're really close on this one and the smoothness and continuity are getting better. You're making good progress - it's sounding more expressive and musical than ever. 

Daniel James
Daniel James Dec 10, 2014

 I am having both difficulty and fun with the John Lee Williamson style double stops.

Biscuit Mike
Biscuit Mike Apr 25, 2013

My go at the Intro of "Key to the Highway".

I have a bad habit of not using Hand Wahs when I practice.

Here's two Clips one with & one without Hand Wahs

Intro Without Hand Wahs

Intro Wtih Hand Wahs


daddyray (robbie)
daddyray (robbie) Mar 30, 2013

thank you

Rich G
Rich G Mar 30, 2013

Very helpful breakdown.  I especially liked your tips on how to learn.  Thanks Jerry.  By the way, I am getting out to jams every week now - in large part because of the confidence these lessons have given me.  Thanks for that too.

B---K Mar 29, 2013

Hi Jerry.  Thanks for this song and the lessons. 

Could you briefly discuss the different structure for 12-bars and this tune (8-bar, right?)?

Thanks for all these lessons and the fine music.



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