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Mr. Lee's Mambo

Fifth Chorus Breakdown

This week we've got verse five of Mr. Lee's Mambo. In this one, we're switching it up - moving from the soft chords we've been using, and going with some more aggressive sounding chords. And remember last week, when we "shifted gears" by starting a lick on the second beat? Well, this time, we're "shifting gears" in a whole different way - This week it happens on the IV and we're doing it by using a sharply contrasting rhythmic feel. Then, on the V, we'll tie everything together with a variation of a recurring lick from an earlier verse. When you check out the lesson, you'll see what I'm talking about.

So, have fun and as always, feel free to write me with any questions and/or comments.





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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 1:30 5th Verse Acoustically (First 8 Bars)

Loop 1:55 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 6:56 Practice Loop of First 4 Bars

Loop 7:59 Breakdown of IV Chord

Loop 12:03 V Chord Breakdown

Loop 14:27 Slow Practice Loop of 5th Verse

Loop 15:02 Closing Thoughts





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andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 04, 2017

 Hi Rick ... hope you like it !! any touhgts ??

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 07, 2017

Hey Andre - Once again, good job! One thing I noticed is you could pay a little bit closer attention to the pitch oh the 3 draw bends. The only other thing I thought was that the little chopping chords between he licks could be a little bit more in the groove - It's not bad, but you had those chords more in the groove in verse 4, so I know you can do it!

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Oct 16, 2016

Hi Rick,

I love the sound of that descending lick on the last four chord.  There's something about the way the notes are paired that adds to the latin feel of it.  I also feel like it's pushing me tp make transitions from one note to the next that are new and, as you say, get me out of the comfort zone.  Sometimes the comfort zone can feel like a rut. you know?

On those aggressive opening chords - the da-da-da-dat - are you playing with your tongue off the harp except to clip it off at the end?  This reminds me of the triple-tongueing techinique that Jerry has on his instructional CD where you're kind of slapping your tongue to the roof of your mouth to get the percussive feel.

This a great lesson man.  Thanks.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Oct 16, 2016

Thank you Bill - And yes, those chords are being produced exactly as you describe. My tongue is hitting the harp only only when I clip the chord off at the very end of the riff. Otherwise the chord percussion is being produced with that roof-of-the-mouth technique. Really glad you're diggin' the lesson!

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