Joe Liggins' popular tune The Honeydripper was a melody that led to covers. It endears you to audiences when you play songs and melodies that people recognize and The Honeydripper was just such a tune.
We talked about Little Walter's take, Evans Shuffle. This week is the continuation of the study of Walter Horton's version, Honeydripper. (Sorry folks, the newsletter editor went fishing through part one of this song, but the entire transcription is at the link now!)
How do you approach playing over a one-chord tune? Repitition and heavy use of call and response. Notice how Horton phrases in two or four bar increments and repeats the phrases.
Regarding Horton's playing in general, he is Joe's pick for "best all-around diatonic player" based on his incredible tonal range. Horton is the master of hand, head and mic tone and he milks this variety for dynamic performances!
James Conway and Jean Sabot!!!
Our friend and amazing Irish harp player, James Conway, is bringing a special guest from France to B1 next Monday, August 13, so don't miss it! In the meantime, here are two videos of Jean Sabot and James playing together:
The Mooncoin Jig (medley)
Molloy's Favourite (medley)
More from Pat Missin on the fabulous Harmonica Einstein Tuning Table in the UK edition of Harmonica World Magazine!
You can catch RickEy for a full demo of the tuning table and to get your very own at his SPAH vendor booth next week! Stop by and tell him YouMissedMonday sent ya!
Lee Oskar In Town!!!
Catch Lee Oskar this Wednesday, August 8th at the Guitar Center on Halsted at 7pm.
"Join Guitar Center for a unique evening of insight, performance and discussion with Lee Oskar."
Chicago Blues Harp Bash #5!!!
Get your tickets now before they sell out! It's going to be a great show!
Also, be part of the Bash promotional team by:
- Getting some posters from Joe and getting them up in appropriate places - music stores, shops near SPACE, etc.
- Sharing this Facebook Event with your friends on Facebook (and of course, click that you'll be attending so word spreads!)
Three cheers to Mrs. Corporate for another terrific poster design! Thanks Marianna!
- Next week is the last class of the session. Classes resume September 10th. Relax, re-register and we'll see you in September!
- The newsletter will take a break during this time too. If special news comes our way, we may do a special announcement here or on our Facebook page.
- Speaking of registering, our own Zoe Savage is expanding her teaching offerings at Old Town with a Cajun harmonica class as well as a Level 1 Blues Harp class. Sign up!
- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew