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Gator Stomp

panamaharp's picture
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Gator Stomp is an instrumental I recorded with my old band Used Blues. Hohner Special 20 harp, key of “A” in third position. “Trimmed and Burnin’ Spoonful “amplifier (5 watts, 1- 10” speaker) and a bullet microphone with a Shure CR element.

Comments

Judging

David Barrett's picture

CH1 - Nice AAB Chorus Form
CH2 - Nice variation of the head, good idea
CH3 - Nice V-IV-I lIck
CH4 - I like the 8 draw focus note here / Good idea to use a piece of the head
CH5 - Gtr Solo
CH6 - Gtr Solo
CH7 - YES! I love you bringing the volume down here and you used tremolo!
CH8 - Nice
CH9 - Head / GREAT ending

Well done, solid playing and very good composition elements. Chorus 7 was the only time you used dynamics and tremolo... this is what makes your playing in other choruses sound mechanical... work on using dynamics to give your playing passion. Well done, keep up the great work.

Like the 3rd idea-reminds me

Mark Hummel's picture

Like the 3rd idea-reminds me of the same notes as Sissy Strut. It's execution could be looser on the harp especially on the draw 6-there's some exercises you could do with bending on that to loosen it up. 3rd's one of the hardest because you can't hide your bends like you can in 2nd.

Good head, but I think a

jimsammy's picture

Good head, but I think a little bit of a looser, more swingin' feel could really help this song. It feels slightly rhythmically stiff.
Some octaves and some supportive chord work along with the percussive possibilities that more tongue blocking could provide would add a lot of dimension to this piece.

Cool track

jodanchudan's picture

Great track and cool 3rd position playing - I'm going to have to learn this!

SCHC

Spl20's picture

Hey Gus! it's Mark, just messing with ya, always nice seeing people ya know on the site.

SCHC

panamaharp's picture

Mark who? Just kidding :) Nice to find you here.

UBB, good stuff!!

Spl20's picture

Thats sweet harp playing, I used to know a guy that played in that band. Met him at a Jam Camp in Jax!?

UBB, good stuff!!

panamaharp's picture

Thanks. Jam Camp in Jax, that was a great weekeend! Who is this?

Gus

Nasty head!

Sunnyside Bob's picture

Undoubtably a terrific piece! The head is nasty and catchy! The phrasing is tasty and the band right on the money. Question: do you TB? For what I can hear and with all respect due, I think that the piece could have sounded "wider" with octaves. I also make a point, in every piece, to play at least 6 bars on the high end of the instrument. So many people amputate their creativity by not checking if there is life after the hole 7 jump!

Nasty head!

panamaharp's picture

Thanks for the comments. I'm primarily a pucker player but I use TB sometimes. The song was recorded in 2009 and when I play it these days I do it differently, including using octaves and tongue slaps. Like they say, songs are a never-ending work in progress (well at least my songs are…).

Well done!!

hank stefaniak's picture

Agree with Rob - tight performance!! liked the repeated riff @ 1:00 . Good use of space. Definitely would get a great response from any audience!!

Well done!!

panamaharp's picture

Thanks. On a good night it gets people in the dance floor.

I love the conversational

frank's picture

I love the conversational kind of phrasing like that - it really makes sense to the listener, almost as if words are being conveyed.

I love the conversational

panamaharp's picture

Thanks for the comments. I really like your "conversational kind of phrasing" description. Never heard it before but it makes a lot of sense. I'm going to have to steal it :)

Cool blues!

robfraser's picture

Very tasty and a fantastic 3rd position head! Your old band? what happened?! Really cool blues groove and a very tight band. Shame if you are not doing stuff together anymore! That's what I'm talkin 'bout!

Cool blues!

panamaharp's picture

The old band is history; I guess it was time to try something different. I'm in a new band with some of the same players. Thanks for the comments, 3rd position is my favorite one.