This guest artist class will be a co-teaching effort between Nic Clark and Ronnie Shellist. About a year ago, Nic approached me with this idea for a class. I was immediately drawn to it and knew that I wanted to offer this up via Harmonica123.
Over the 50 + years of Muddy Water’s musical career, he recorded with multiple harmonica players on several of his recordings. He also recorded a few hit songs more than once with notable harmonica players such as James Cotton, Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, Paul Oscher etc.
In this class, we will dive into 3 versions of “Got my Mojo Working”. The harmonica players that we will examine are: James Cotton, Little Walter, Paul Butterfield. By taking a closer listen to these songs and the various approaches from each player, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of not only how to play these songs but also the differences in how each player approached the melody parts, the attack, tone, fills etc. From there, you can distill your favorite parts from each player into your own version. This is how we begin to develop our own voice and sound on the instrument.