Rick Estrin

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So Long

First Verse Breakdown

This week we'll be breaking down verse one of this slow blues. We'll go over some of the different techniques I'm using in this piece: tongue flutters, intentional slop, glissandos, half step and full step bends, etc, but the main things I want you to begin to grasp from this lesson and from this song in general, is the importance of phrasing, timing, and patience - Don't get over anxious. Play it cool.

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 So Long

Loop 3:15 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 10:08 Breakdown of IV Chord and Back to I (Bars 5 - 8)

Loop 12:35 Slow Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 13:24 Breakdown of V Chord and Turnaround

Loop 19:16 Practice Loop of 1st Verse

Loop 20:40 Slow Practice Loop of 1st Verse

Loop 22:32 Closing Thoughts





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Boyd R
Boyd R May 18, 2018

A very fun tune. Getting a lot out of it. Really works on your ear

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 18, 2018

Thanks for letting me know you’re enjoying this lesson. I agree with you, there’s a lot of good stuff in here! Thanks again and have fun! 

Eric Betts
Eric Betts Jun 17, 2017

What do we want?


When do we want it?


Just kidding. Thanks for addressing this topic. I am trying to play less and less, where I can. 

Jim Wood
Jim Wood May 30, 2017

Eek! I'll get it.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 30, 2017

Hi Jim - No need to "eek" out. It's just harmonica - Be patient with yourself. Relax. Put in the time, listen closely, and it'll happen.

Alan May 27, 2017

Hi Rick,

Thanks for the quick reply !!!!


Alan May 26, 2017

Hi Rick,

Great lesson, so much going on in there !!  My question is would a tongue vamp on the 5 draw be an acceptable substitute for the 5/2 tongue flutter ?  I am working on the tongue flutter but the vamp is more reliable at this moment in time. Many thanks,



Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 27, 2017

Hi Alan - Real glad you like the lesson. Regarding the 5/2 flutter, do whatever works for you. I think playing the 2/5 with a trill, by moving either your hands or your head from side to side sounds really good too. Either way, vamp, trill, flutter, if it sounds effective, that's what matters.

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