Rick Estrin

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9th Verse and Ending

Hey Sonic Junction -

This week we'll be wrapping up the lessons on my version of James Cotton's classic piece, "Lightnin", tackling the last two verses. Verse eight begins with another triplet "build" in the first four bars. After that we'll really be milking a couple of real quintessential Cotton devices - One is what I call "flexible time" and the other is our old friend, "intentional slop". We'll utilize those, together with some long bends on the forth hole to really emphasize the effect of that "flexible time". Right after that, there's a little "stutter" phrase for contrast. In the last verse, we're restating the theme with some slight variations of your choice. Describing this stuff sounds way more complicated than it actually is. As I say in the lesson, the best way to approach it is to learn the phrasing first. Once you have the phrasing in your head, you can then go ahead and work on the techniques you need to reproduce it. I hope you've enjoyed this series. Sonic Junction tells me I'll be back in the beginning of July, so I'll see you then with something new!






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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:35 Run-Through of 8 Verse

Loop 1:17 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 1:53 IV Chord and Back to I Chord

Loop 12:05 Practice Loop of 8th and 9th Verse

Loop 13:06 Breakdown of 9th Verse

Loop 14:30 Review

Loop 19:27 Ending Breakdown

Loop 21:30 Closing Thoughts





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Robert Fox
Robert Fox Mar 04, 2019

HI Rick - Thanks for the great insights into Cotton's style. Looking forward

to your next series of lessons!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Mar 04, 2019

Thanks Robert - Really glad you enjoyed the series!

Alan Mar 04, 2019

Hi Rick,

Many thanks for this great series of lessons on "Lightnin'". I've been a Cotton fan since getting the "Best of the Verve years" cd.

Looking forward to hearing what you have for us when you return in July.

Again, many thanks.


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Mar 04, 2019

Thank you, Alan - Cotton was a real original. I think he got overlooked and forgotten to an extent after he lost his voice, but in his prime, he was a force of nature. His style built a bridge between the city and the country, the old and the new, between the traditional blues and the more modern funk and rock styles - Look out for the upcoming documentary on James.

Boyd R
Boyd R Mar 02, 2019

I would like it if you would do Big Walter Horton La Cucaracha LessonĀ  next time your back

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