On Tuesday night i was approached and congratulated on a solo i played in 'Cant hold out' (i think its also known as talk to me baby). the song is a medium shuffle. at first i couldn't recall what i'd played but then i remembered. i just pinched the solo that starts at 2'18" in this (from memory a C harp in 2nd, though i play it on an A harp) :
that is gratifying because it is one of my very favourite 12 bar solos in blues harmonica. 26 seconds that excited me the first time i heard it and continues to do so.
i have a friend who rates big Walter's solo from 'walking by myself'. i like that one too. I also really enjoy the solo from 'My Babe'.
what are others' favourite solos? i'm thinking about 12 or 24 bars. not instrumentals.
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I believe it was Rick estrin that I first heard play it. Then researching, I found yukiharps "getting out of town/bye bye bird" solo amalgamation. Although I think both estrin's and Yuki's may be more of instrumentals. So this may have failed your criteria Super. Although Yuki's is titled "solo," ha! ---------- If you don't cut it while it's hot......
Lots of favorites, but here are a couple that are always near the top: "Mean Old Train" Papa Lightfoot from the early '50s "My Love Is Here to Stay" Sam Myers Add: "The Thrill is Gone" Twelve Bar Blues Band. ---------- Phil Pennington
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MTG, yes. It jumps. It's one of those that when I first heard it I thought with a little work I could do it. Turns out that with a lot of work I can do maybe some of it. But that 'some of it' is fun, and growing slowly. ---------- Phil Pennington
Killa - I transcribed / tabbed a fair bit of Boris' Hip Hop Jam (3rd pos) on my web page (BeatTab) today in case you are interested. You mentioned that you were before... I like Boris's stuff. So well articulated. Wish I could go at his speed though. Damn clean stuff. The nuances of his playing I find very interesting. Wish he would do more. Boris' Hip Hop Jam 3rd pos Is a favorite of mine. One of a few.
no doubt boris is an impressive player, but I think that is outside my definition of 'solo', as distinct from 'instrumental'. I've been learning SBW2 (16 bar progression) 'too young to die'. It's not so very complicated and is tabbed rather well by Glen Weiser in 'masters of the blues harp'. both the intro and the later (edit to correct: not a 12 bar song) 16 bar solo are worthwhile insights into sbw2 style. this is a G harp, 2nd position.
But in reviewing sbw2 songs I heard mr downchild or is it just 'downchild'? Anyway, that is a smash and I must learn it. I think I'll be able to use it as is but I'm sure the licks will be able to be used in combination with other things. F harp, 2nd position. SBW2 was a real master of the F harp i think
Thanks everyone for contributions so far. keep em coming! Hi Havoc, Bye Bye Bird is a great piece of work which i've toyed with occasionally over the years but never really taken to a point where i felt it was presentable. mainly because i didn't have a beginning, middle and end, and also more mainly because i thought my playing was mediocre. I feel like if you are gonna present a solo piece in a band setting it had better be good, there needs to be a wow factor of some sort. i have seen people present BBB with such 'wow' elements, but i just have 'meh' elements so far.
MTG, Help Me is one of 'my' numbers and i've been playing it about 4 years. its a very popular song with harp players of course and at least 2 others in my small city present it. i do a version with the famous SBW2 solo, and then i throw in a Jr Wells type solo. i think a 3rd position solo is a great idea. its one of the songs where I'd very much like to be able to play several different things because its so familiar to people. and the song is well-suited to 3rd of course. Fil, Papa Lightfoot is a good choice in my book. i was not familiar with Mean Old Train. i remember the 1st time i heard Wine, Women, Whisky and tried to play it. Thats definitely a sound i aspire to have in my bag. i grab a little lick from PL and throw into my solo for 'Caldonia', unlikely as it may seem. I haven't heard your other choices either, yet. I'll start tracking them down soon.
Killa_Hertz, I am gonna check out those you have mentioned. I know Ronnie Shellist has a lot to teach me and i always enjoy his work. Cotton is on my radar and i've got to come up with something for a piano-less version of Rocket 88. I don't play much drawn from JC yet, but i know he can teach me a lot. I just use his Hard Again approach to I Want To Be Loved and his high end 'how long can a fool go wrong' licks as a generic high end template. BTW, i realise i haven't yet got around to putting anything down on reading those transcriptions. i have been doing quite a bit of it lately. Remind me; do you have both the David McElvy "Blues Harmonica Collection" and the Glenn Weiser 'Masters of the Blues Harp'?
Oh yeah and William Clarke. i just haven't analysed any of his work yet. I have a couple of albums which i like and must take some more time to dig into. i think its his reputation as a chromatic player which makes me skip over his stuff sometimes. must get over that.