Rick Estrin

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Mr. Lee's Mambo

Eighth Verse Breakdown

Hey, Sonic Junction -

We're back with the 8th and final lesson on "Mr. Lee's Mambo". For those of you who did Dennis' "Trill Seeker" series of a few months ago, the elements of this verse should be very familiar. We're basically trilling (or warbling) on the 3rd and 4th hole draw and punctuating it with little stabs on either the 5 blow, announcing the IV or on the 6 blow announcing the I. The only slightly tricky part comes on the IV, when executing the trill, we have to bend the 3 draw slightly while maintaining the straight, unbent 4 draw. It requires a small embouchure shift, adjusting the pressure just enough to make that half step bend. After that there's a marginally goofy cha, cha, cha on the V and IV before we change up on the feel again and swing it on out.

I hope you've maybe gained some fresh ideas, further developed your skills and even more importantly, had some fun with this series.

I look forward to seeing you next time.

Rick Estrin




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Rick Estrin
Mr. Lee's Mambo

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A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 1:00 8th Verse Acoustically 

Loop 1:42 Breakdown of First 8 Bars

Loop 3:57 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 4:13 Breakdown Last 4 Bars

Loop 7:03 Practice Loop of Verse Eight

Loop 7:34 Closing Thoughts





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andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 29, 2017

 Hi Rick !! I will have to focus on the timing , cause during the thrill , I was not sure of the count ... anyways , it was fun and now i have to play all together ... any comment ??

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Nov 04, 2016

Hi Rick,

When you're trilling on the 4 chord, are you bending the 3-4 hole draws?  Sounds like it to me but you don't mention it.

This chorus didn't really need the slow down, like you said, but in general even with the slow down technology it's helpful if you run through things once at least somewhat slower than full speed.  My 2 cents.

This was a great set of lessons.  Over 8 weeks I've probably played this thing about 100 times.  My 2-hole draw control, my octaves and trills and my overall rhythm and groove are better for it.  And I learned some theoretical things about different kinds of rhythms and what kinds of things go over the different chords well.  So many, many thanks and I hope you're back soon.


ps If you're anywhere in the northeast performing, please let us know.  I'll be there.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Nov 04, 2016

Thanks Bill, and yes, you're absolutely right - My bad (as the younger folks say) - I watched the lesson yesterday as I was writing this week's accompanying email text when I realized I never mentioned the bend on the IV. On that IV chord trill, it's actually bending the 3 hole a half step while keeping the 4 draw unbent. So yeah, sorry about that oversight, kudos to you for catching it, and it makes me happy to know that my slightly unorthodox teaching method is resonating with you.

And PS. I have no east coast dates for 2017 yet, but we generally tour out there once a year or so. You can always see where we are if you go to: www.rickestrin.com

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