Happy birthday Stevie Wonder! Instead of waiting to celebrate these legends after they pass, I figure I should be celebrating them NOW while they are still with us.
So I grabbed this Stevie Wonder solo off of the famous Chaka Khan track “I Feel For You”. The song was written by Prince, so my Prince tribute streak is still intact 🙂 I love both versions of this song – Chaka’s version, which is probably much more well known, as well as Prince’s original studio recording.
But this track features an absolutely burning solo by Stevie Wonder on the chromatic harmonica. This track has peak 80’s production values: heavy reverb, delay, etc. so it can be hard to pick out what’s going on under the wash of effects, but Stevie’s playing is great. The harmonica has quite a range and really gets up there. I obviously took some parts down an octave, and arguably should have attempted a few more in the lower octave, but there’s no way to get better at your high chops without spending the time working stuff like this out.
The PDF contains the harmonica parts for the whole track, but the video only contains the solo.Stevie Wonder - I Feel For You
- Artist: Stevie Wonder (Chromatic Harmonica)
- Album: Chaka Khan – I Feel For You (1984)
- Track: I Feel For You
- Instrument: Alto Sax
P.S. Is this the first non-saxophone transcription that I’ve posted? I should do more of them, they’re harder!