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Mr. Lee's Mambo

Seventh Chorus Breakdown

Hey, Sonic Junction -

This week, we're back with verse 7 of "Mr. Lee's Mambo". This verse starts out with some "breaks". I'm pretty sure they're called breaks because the flow of the music stops and starts again, but they could also be called "breaks" for the way they can (in the right spot) serve as a dramatic attention grabber that can "break" up any mounting monotony. And, very important - Always remember, even in the silent part of the breaks, the groove never stops. In this week's lesson, I also talk about a tip regarding finesse that came directly from the late, great Little Walter.

So have fun with it, and as always, any comments and questions are always welcome.

Rick Estrin




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 0:32 7th Verse Acoustically 

Loop 1:08 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 5:50 Practice Loop of First 4 Bars

Loop 6:14 Breakdown of IV Chord

Loop 9:15 Little Walter and Playing In Control

Loop 11:15 Practice Loop of Bars 5 - 8

Loop 13:08 Breakdown Last 4 Bars

Loop 18:00 Practice Loop of Verse Seven

Loop 18:40 Slow Practice Loop of Verse Seven

Loop 19:16 Closing Thoughts and How To Learn It





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andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 23, 2017

 Hi Everyone and Rick ... i will have to work on the groove but that s  it  !! any comments ??

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 23, 2017

Hey Andre! That's great! You're starting to get a nice feel on the groove, the notes all correct and your tongue flutter sounds pretty awesome! Great job!

Robert Fox
Robert Fox Nov 04, 2016

That helps! Thanks, Rick.

Robert Fox
Robert Fox Nov 04, 2016

Hi Rick - Any tips on how to fill the harp up with air? Seems like it would be easier to do while tongue-blocking. Thanks!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Nov 04, 2016

Hi Robert - Good question! Obviously I can't know exactly what Little Walter meant when he said "Fill the harp up with air, and then you just navigate" but what I gleaned from it is something like this - Once you've created a nice, tight seal, devoid of unintentional air leaks, then you can find a balance in your playing - a space that allows you to relax while still maintaining intensity.This enables you to obtain a good tone with a more effortless, smooth flow. After that, when you want to really punch it, you can and it'll jump out - providing some good, effective contrast. I hope that helps. For me, that Little Walter statement is both a concept to ponder and a goal to strive for.

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