Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 330 #374)

Junior Parker!!!

If you wondered whether that John Lee Hooker Boogie Chillun' groove made it to Memphis, you can be sure it did thanks to folks on the Sun label like Junior Parker. Very likely he recorded multiple versions of that groove precisely because it was a money maker and sold records - the sound was popular at the time and it would have been a must for people like Parker to cover.

Joe played a bunch of Parker's recorded samples and he turned the phrase from "I feel so good" to "I feel so bad" to "I'm gonna ramble".

Here's Joe's transcription of some of the various guitar and bass lines you'll hear on versions of the Boogie Chillun' groove. And with that, we leave this infectious groove.


Hey, Shoji has teaching plans for the Level IV class next week that involve song form study and anyone who has one should bring along their guitar or bass. Acoustic, electric - either is fine. No amps required.

Class Notes
  • Joe announced the prizes for his end of year contest. Get your CD in by end of December that shows what you are capable of and you could win! Third Prize, one high performance Marine Band Deluxe; Second Prize, two high performance Crossover harps; First Prize, three high performance Crossover harps!
  • Reminder that Joe will be away touring with Eric for the next four classes. Private classes with him are cancelled but group classes will continue as usual. Level Three classes will be taught by Zoe and Grant (be sure to bring a copy of your transcription for them to watch as you play); Level IV classes will be covered by Shoji and RickEy. Joe's gone October 21-November 11, but you shouldn't be! Get a fresh perspective on your playing from these other great teachers.
  • Jam! Grant and Al will be hanging out in B1 and hosting a casual open jam from 3:30pm to 5:30pm next Monday. This is a great chance for you to practice, ask questions and just have a good time. It is also a great opportunity for you to rehearse and work out arrangement questions for tunes you want to record for Joe's contest.
  • Register Now! The next session starts October 28.
- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew