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Cotton Blend

4th Chorus Breakdown

The verse we'll be working with this week starts out with a melodic figure adapted from a Louis Myers guitar lick. It has a slick little transitional lick into the IV chord before it returns to some darker, more ominous-sounding stuff. If you pay close attention to the timing and phrasing of that transitional lick and execute it just right, it'll land you right on the IV and make perfect, symmetrical sense - AKA it works!!!





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Rick Estrin
James Cotton
Cotton Blend

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A Harp in the Key of E. 

Loop 1:16 Run-Through of 4th Verse - Amplified

Loop 1:50 Breakdown of First Riff

Loop 4:34 Breakdown IV Chord Riff

Loop 7:23 Breakdown of Third Riff Going Into the V Chord

Loop 8:37 Slow Practice Loop of 4th Verse

Loop 9:16 Turnaround Breakdown

Loop 9:50 Phrasing and the Chord Changes

Loop 11:39 Learning the Correct Tone and Phrasing by Ear





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Robert Fox
Robert Fox Jan 22, 2016

Really like the way the 3-blow is used in this and previous choruses!



Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 25, 2016

Hey Robert - I like the way you're thinking!

2 draw vs 3 blow - Same note, right? When and where to use each - based not only on the character of the sound, but also factoring in the question of which one will best help your flow and phrasing in a particular situation - Sometimes it's obvious which one to use, but often it's a matter of trying both, and not just going along with habitual breathing patterns, but experimenting to see which one is going to best serve the musical "feel" you're going for - It's something that comes up over and over.

Robert Fox
Robert Fox Jan 26, 2016

Thanks, Rick!

Boyd R
Boyd R Jan 22, 2016

Really great lesson


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