David Barrett has a correction for us on how he hears Sharp Harp - we didn't quite explain his point correctly, so here it is in his own words:
"This is not quite correct. Choruses 1-3 are as they were originally recorded (two choruses of harp and one chorus of piano). Choruses 4 and 5 are spliced in from Choruses 1 and 2. Chorus 6 is the original last chorus, but you can hear the splice at the end of Chorus 5 because the piano fill that was originally there to lead into the piano solo in Chorus 3 doesn’t lead anywhere due to the splice."
David, thanks for the correction - fascinating discussion.
And then there's the visual approach to this, which our own Highway RickEy produced. Below is a wave file image - in the left channel you see choruses 1-3; in the right channel are choruses 4-6. His point is that the first two-thirds look the same (and sound it too when he plays them back together).
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In any case, it's an amazing song to be learning from as a harp player and Joe led folks through some fragment practice again last night using the chorus 2, 5, 6 transcription.
- Performance students - you should be nailing down your recording song now so that the next few sessions are available for refining the tune, nailing beginnings and endings and such.
The Chicago Blues Guide has a terrific review up of Shoji's new CD, New Cool Old School. Check it out!
- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew