Rick Estrin

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Sloppin' and Slidin'

Fifth Verse Breakdown

Ok Sonic Junction - This week we arrive at the moment we’ve all been waiting for - Let the slop begin! We’ll be hitting the 5 draw and adding a little 6 draw for that dirtier, bluesier effect, and doing the same thing on the bent 3 draw, by adding in a touch of the 4 draw. It’s important to remember to keep your embouchure strong when playing these licks - Maintain your oral focus! We want strong and sloppy (think James Cotton) - We don’t want this thing limp, weak and sloppy (ie: Bob Dylan). Remember, we’re using the slop to add to the impact of these licks - to enhance the power of what we’re trying to say!

Have fun and I’ll see you next week.

Rick Estrin




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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:00 Introduction to the 5th Verse

Loop 0:44 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 5:40 Breakdown of IV Chord

Loop 6:32 Review First 6 Bars

Loop 7:09 Slow Practice Loop of First 6 Bars

Loop 8:04 Review and Closing Thoughts





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Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Nov 17, 2017

My favorite verse (so far)! Definitely not too dirty for me. God bless James Cotton!


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Nov 18, 2017

Yeah man - If it wasn’t for Cotton, I might’ve spent my whole life wondering what I was supposed to be doing. His playing had a profound effect on my development. His five cuts on volume 2 of Chicago The Blues Today - a couple albums that he cut with Otis Spann - the LP he did with Johnny Young - and Cotton’s first Verve album - There are tools I picked up from those records, plus, the visceral feeling I was able internalize from listening to, and living with those recordings, those things have carried me a long way.

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