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Cotton Blend

5th Chorus Breakdown

To me, this verse, when executed properly and with conviction, can really communicate some raw emotion. It starts out with a little urgent pickup that's just slightly ahead of where the actual verse begins. From there it works into some big-time moaning, crying, and pleading. We're making maximum use of the double-stops, bends and shapes in order to attempt to achieve that ultra "pitiful" effect.

This verse is a LOT of fun!!!





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 0:47 Run-Through of 5th Verse

Loop 1:35 Coming in Early to Create Urgency

Loop 2:56 Double Stops and Run-Through

Loop 4:20 Tag Ending

Loop 4:36 Timing and Shapes Are Key to This Verse

Loop 5:47 Inspiration for This Verse

Loop 8:42 Capturing the Feel and Emotion of It





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Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Feb 05, 2016

What's tough Rick is that when you play something you say is "wrong" you still sound better than me on my best day.  I was thinking also that you kind of scoff at yourself when you drop these bits of history, references and stories, but I really appreciate all of that.  That and the emphasis on getting the right feel.  All that puts the technique in contex.  It makes me think that it's ok to approximate the details while you work on the technique if you can get that feel In the meantime. The technique comes little by little with time and effort but either you feel it or you don't.  

Anyway, I'm really digging your approach, so thanks.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 09, 2016

Thanks for the encouraging feedback! I'm glad it's working for you Bill - My teaching methods are, I'm sure, a little different in that I've not previously focused much on teaching. Consequently the best I can do is  give you is my opinions and whatever tips I can think of. The info I have is born of a whole lot of playing experience, but not a whole lot of experience in verbalizing the minutiae or in demonstrating the same thing repeatedly in precisely the same way every time.

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Feb 05, 2016

I love it when you make a "mistake".  Something cool just seems to slip out from somewhere inside.  On the rare occasions when that happens to me I'm like, whoa, where'd that come from?  You just kinda reach for note and there it is.  Kinda scary and thrilling.

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