Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 360 #404)

Hoochie Coochie Man - The Alternate Take!!!

Joe had the alternate take transcription of Hoochie Coochie Man to share with us this week. Walter is blowing killer first position stuff on this too but you will hear him take variation liberties with the hook up front - maybe this is one of the reasons Willie Dixon chose the other take?

Note the use of the half step bend on the 2 draw. Yes, the full step is at your disposal too, but the half step is the blusier choice, especially over the four chord. And speaking of bends, this song is yet another example of the fact that correct and accurate use of the various bends on the three draw are what separates the men from the boys!

There was also a lot of discussion in class about the somewhat unusual first position licks on bars ten, eleven and twelve of page 3.

In any case, between the two takes, you have a mountain of mind-blowingly good first position study in front of you. Want more? Shoji also recommends you take a listen to:
  • Luedella
  • Chance To Love
  • Ice Cream Man
Chicago Women In the Blues Festival!!!

Hey, our own Ellen Miller is featured in this show on June 13 at Reggie's:
Chicago Women In the Blues Festival: A bevy of blues-belting bombshells take center stage in this high-energy blues review, featuring a rotating roster of Chicagoland’s top female blues performers. The show is dedicated to the memories of the original great blues women of Chicago.

Katerina's To Close!!!

Sad news on the blues club scene here in Chicago. Katerina's, a longtime favorite for cool harp gigs over the years (think The Shakes, Dennis Gruenling with Doug Deming) is closing the end of June. Doesn't look like there's a harp gig on the calendar this last month, but Katerina has been a strong supporter of all types of live music for many years, so get out one last time if you can to say good bye and thank her. It conflicts with Mondays, but Erwin Helfer has blues shows on Monday evenings, so maybe we all troop over after class June 30 to close the place!

Recital, Jam and Joe's Birthday!!!

Everyone's welcome!

Sunday, June 8, 4pm

At Jim Lucas' Home
3040 W. Bryn Mawr
Chicago, Il 60650

RSVP to Ginny at:

 or 773-334-6846

BYOB and a dish to share

Class Notes

  • Registration for the next session is now open!
Mark Your Calendars!!!

Joe and Eric open for James Cotton at SPACE on June 10!

- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew