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Fattening Frogs for Snakes

Third Vocal Verse Breakdown

Hey there!

Rick Estrin here - I’m back with the last vocal verse of Rice Miller’s “Fattening Frogs”. In this verse, I demonstrate and explain how to hold an unbroken note out of the right corner of your mouth while simultaneously producing an accordion-like effect. When you add this device to your bag of tricks, you’ll be ready to walk that fine line between musician and magician.




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Bb Harp in the Key of F.

Loop 1:45 Final Vocal Verse Run-Through

Loop 2:38 Breakdown of I Chord (Bars 1 - 4)

Loop 5:37 Breakdown of IV Chord (Bars 5 - 8)

Loop 11:36 Breakdown of V Chord and Turnaround (Bars 9 - 12)

Loop 12:40 Practice Loop

Loop 13:28 Closing Thoughts





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Boyd R
Boyd R Apr 07, 2018

This really is amazing thanks

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 07, 2018

Thank you, Boyd. I’m glad you’re diggin’ it.

Gordi Brown
Gordi Brown Apr 07, 2018

learning so much .. thanks Rick!


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 07, 2018

Thank you, Gordi - Glad you’re getting something out of it! Hope to make it back to the UK one of these days - Maybe I’ll see you!

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Apr 06, 2018

Thank you Rick. This has been a great series of lessons. That tonguing on the 5 draw is really sweet. Sonny boy 1 had a lick he used a lot that went from the 5 draw twice to the 4 draw that had that pulse and also had that chording. It's a great technique for keeping the groove but this lesson helped me see how important the chord is. I've also noticed how many phrases that end on the 3 draw have your trademark vibrato. That detail is so emotive! I spend a lot of time trying to get that on bent notes. You do it so effortlessly. Obviously I can't do all the things you can do, but you are giving me so many models to work towards and emulate.

I have a dear friend and mentor, steeped in the gospel tradition, who told me to never underestimate the power of the spirit. That's what I love about your playing: the spirit.. Please keep it coming.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Apr 07, 2018

Thanks Bill - Your feedback helps me notice things I’m not consciously aware I’m even doing - Stuff I do automatically. Thanks again!

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