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Half Steppin'

Fourth Chorus Breakdown

Rick Estrin, back again - this time with verse four of "Half Steppin". In this lesson, we take a little break from actual half steppin' and start with that strategic, "switching gears" device that you get by beginning on the second beat. On the one, we're alternating a repeating, simple lick with some crisp, percussive chops. When we get to the IV, there's some bending and shaping, and a little more application of the two draw vs three blow, push/pull deal from last week's lesson. Then we're back to the one and trying to feel that groove as deep as possible.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
Chicago Blues
A Harp
Rick Estrin

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 1:15 Verse 4 Acoustically

Loop 1:50 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 5:59 Breakdown of IV Chord (Bars 5 and 6)

Loop 10:47 I Chord, V Chord and Turnaround Breakdown (Bars 7 - 12)

Loop 12:22 Slow Practice Loop of All 12 Bars

Loop 13:00 Very Slow Practice Loop of All 12 Bars

Loop 14:02 At Tempo Practice Loop and Closing Thoughts





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Tominou Feb 16, 2017

Hey Rick, your new lesson will come tomorrow... It's time for me to post my trying for the fourth chorus: I don't give rein!

Say me what you think... The sequence 3d 2d (3d) 2b 3b 4d made me crazy! I hope it's right. Last bend notes not perfect...



Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 16, 2017

Excellent work on getting the notes right! The only real problem I hear is that you're rushing the groove a little bit - Maybe now that you have the notes down, listen to it some more, and then, when you practice, focus more on the groove and the timing

Tominou Feb 16, 2017

Thanks Rick. You've heard my rabbit side as would have said my wife! Play with the backing track may help me to keep in the groove and the time for future. But I have to work with my internal metronome too. 

Although to console me, that's the first time I'm not running after notes and effects.  ,)

Tominou Feb 13, 2017

Hello Rick, 

I put an audio answer above your advice (third chorus), you can listen if you got time for me.

In that Fourth chorus, I work on the bar 5-6 in particular, there's a 2 draw full step whitch is nearly "un-earable" for me at normal speed cause it's played so quick, it's difficult for me to insert it without being late in the tempo! 

I'll show you my work in a few days...


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Feb 13, 2017

I listened - That's it - Good job, Tom! 

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