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Here's a standard dating back to the '40s. Sentimental Journey was written and originally recorded by Les Brown in 1944 and has since become a standard that has been recorded many times in various versions. If you're not old enough to remember this one, surely your parents will. Here, I simply play the straight melody line.

A harp in key of E.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
Jerry Portnoy
A Harp
Rick Russell
Sentimental Journey
Les Brown

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A Harmonica in the Key of E.  Sentimental Journey background listening: Jerry Portnoy & Les Brown

loop @ 0:00 intro & A A B A (32 bar blues) explanation

loop @ 1:00 first two A sections (16 bars total)

loop @ 1:52 B section (8 bars)

loop @ 1:00 whole song




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Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Oct 25, 2016

Hey Boyd,

Good to hear you're making progress. Your bends are getting more accurate and your timing is improving though it's still your biggest challenge. Try to feel the beat by swaying in time with the opening count. 

Boyd R
Boyd R Oct 25, 2016

thanks. improving is good. I don't like to sing the song out. maybe that's what  I need too do start singing it before i start playing it. And I really don't count it out much.

Terry Church
Terry Church May 14, 2016

Hello, Jerry.

While I'm doing a wish list:  Robert Johnson's "Hot Tamales and Red Hots".   People have picked up all the rest of Robert Johnson, but seem to skipped over this one.  It's sure not classic blues, but it has that aroma of the Maxwell Street scene you describe so well in your writing.  

Terry Church
Terry Church May 14, 2016

Hello Jerry,

I'm new here. Thrilled to be getting instruction from one of the greats!

Since the subject of the day seems to be standards we'd like to have lessons on, I vote for your "Stormy Weather" and "Lullaby of Birdland"   That would priceless, though far beyond my capabilities I'm sure.  

Other Great American Songbook classics that I'd feel priviledged to get your version of:  

A swinging Glenn Miller number, maybe "Tuxedo Junction" since it's so bluesy.

Something by Hoagie Carmichael, maybe "Buttermilk Sky".

"Your Cheatin' Heart" or some other Hank Williams.

"Perfidia" or one of the other Latin boleros done by Nat Cole

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Nov 15, 2013

HI Preston,

Insofar as "In Old Shantytown" - I've come across the title but I don't know the song itself,

Preston Oct 17, 2013

Hello Jerry, I got to agree with Aria this is a great piece to learn... and yes some more of these Standards as you call them would be very nice indeed..... I got the A section down got to work on the b section. Jerry do you know the old song called "In old shanty town" thats a great tune....

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Sep 06, 2013

Glad you like this one. I may do more standards in future posts.

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