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Sonnyboy's Groove

4th Verse Breakdown

We're re-issuing one of Rick's most popular lessons with re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Rick:    

This verse takes one riff or idea, through the first EIGHT bars. In the interest of "conversationalizing" the piece, those EIGHT bars contain little variations on the riff and a chord change, but essentially the verse is about continuity and building excitement. On the V, you get another shot at "owning" that third hole draw bend.

Rick Estrin


Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 2:00 Run-Through of Fifth Verse

Loop 2:37 Breakdown of First Four Bars of Fifth Verse

Loop 3:44 Breakdown of IV Change (Bars 6 and 7)

Loop 7:15 Practice Loop - IV Change Slowly

Loop 7:28 Breakdown of I Chord, V Chord and Turnaround (Bars 7 - 12)

Loop 8:50 Practice Loop of IV Chord through Turnaround

Loop 9:22 Turnaround, Tongue Slapping Bars 7 & 8 and Review

Loop 10:51 Whole Verse - Slowly

Loop 11:34 Getting Back to the V Chord

Loop 12:45 Closing Thoughts





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wayne defrancesco
wayne defrancesco Nov 29, 2023

When sonnyboy finishes his turnaround with 2 draw, 2 draw bend, and 3x on the 1 draw, are you adding a bit of the 2 draw to the last couple 1 draws to give it a juicier, more tongue blocking sound?

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Nov 29, 2023

Hi Wayne - I think you're talking about the tag riff at the end of every verse - If that's what you're talking about, it's wah, wah, wah on the second hole, draw - and then it's 3 blow, 2 blow and then 1 draw, 3 times. I'm using the 2 blow and not the 2 draw bent, in the part you're referring to. When I hit that 1 draw, the chord you're hearing is a tongue slap - I switch sides and tongue block out of the left side of my mouth. I'm pretty sure I must explain that in one of the earlier lessons. 

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