Rick Estrin

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First Position Abberition

2nd Verse Breakdown

Hey Sonic Junction!

It’s Rick Estrin again, and I’m back to break down the second verse of this “First Position Abberition” (sic). The verse begins with some sharp, staccato, triplet articulation on the second hole, while mixing in some note shaping, and the occasional tough, but subtle, burr or growl. After that, we really attack the third hole draw, with some expressive, vocal-type, bends and shapes - flexing the time and milking that hole for maximum meaningful effect. We continue infusing that third hole draw with note bending life, leading into the V chord, where we’ll soar on the fourth hole draw with a smooth sounding, throat vibrato. This verse (and really, this entire song) is all about tone, time and texture. This description of the verse will make a lot more sense when you hear it, play it, and take the time to internalize it.

Have fun! Happy New Year, and I’ll see you next week!




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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harmonica in the Key of A.

Loop 0:25 Second Chorus Amplified

Loop 1:45 Verse 2 Acoustically

Loop 2:24 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 5:05 Breakdown of Middle 4 Bars

Loop 7:50 V Chord Breakdown

Loop 8:41 Slow Review of 2nd Verse

Loop 13:08 Slow Practice Loop of 2nd Verse

Loop 14:48 Review and Closing Thoughts




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