How To Play Mississippi Front-Porch Blues Harp

Submitted by: ElectricEye 3 years ago in Entertainment

How to Play Slow Blues: North Mississippi Front-Porch Blues Harp Lesson from Adam Gussow on Vimeo.


Adam Gussow, a blues harmonica teacher and performer, talks harp on the front porch of his home in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Male 450
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Male 4,745
Interesting. I wonder if the variation is a regional thing? As I said, I played 12 bar blues literally hours a day, jamming with different people, when I was a kid. For me, I noticed the pattern I mentioned was the most commonly followed in our crowd.

For you two, it was with the forth in the second bar to break up the monotony of the one. I wonder if it has anything to do with musical preferences or if it is a learned, regional thing.
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Male 4,431
I`m with DuckBoy and the IV in the second. That`s pretty common. But, yeah, so is patchouly`s. There are lots of 8 and (fewer) 16 bar structures, too. Lots of variations to keep you busy. :-)
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Male 3,669
That`s fine.
12-bars is usually the first thing people learn when learning jazz/blues, and the like, so it`s understandable to make variations and to stop liking it as much.
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Male 4,745
Oh, nothing wrong with it. I`ve played the 12 bar blues so much that I can no longer stand it. I`ve played every single version you can possibly play. I was just commenting that your version, while perfectly acceptable, is not the standard 12 bar blues.
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Male 3,669
@Patch, I find using the IV in the second bar gives it a little more variety than I I I I.
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Male 4,745
Duckboy, yours is traditional except for the 4th in the second bar.
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Male 4,745
I`ve always followed the structure:
I I I I
IV IV I I
V IV I IV
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Male 3,669
I love the 12-bar blues. It`s so easy to play.

Chords for the 12-bar is
I IV I I
IV IV I I
V IV I I

Melody wise, keep the 7th flat and the usually the 3rd flat, and you can`t go wrong.
Or you can use the actual blues scale of
1 flat-3 4 sharp-4 5 flat-7
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Male 4,745
What is he talking about? He played on the beat. Granted there was some syncopation, but all notes followed the beat. I agree, simple is better in blues, but that is the only take away from the entire lesson.
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Male 2,729
Link: How To Play Mississippi Front-Porch Blues Harp [Rate Link] - Adam Gussow, a blues harmonica teacher and performer, talks harp on the front porch of his home in Oxford, Mississippi.
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