Okay then. First things first. Music, as you already know I’m sure, is made up of playing a series of notes. Notes organised together in a specific way are called a scale. Think Do-Re-Mi-Fi-So-La-Te-Do, that refers to a scale. In fact that’s a very important one that I’ll talk about in the next post. The… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 2 – The Chromatic Scale
Music theory is intimidating for a lot of new players but that’s usually down to misconceptions. Although it can appear arcane, stuffy and overly formalised that needn’t be the case. In this series of posts I’ll attempt to present the essential information in a clear and straightforward way and demonstrate how the application of even… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 1 – Introduction
Last week, a day earlier than I was expecting, I received a package from Cain Hamilton (aka Sugar Cain) containing this, one of the first of his new “Semi-Custom” Marine Band harmonicas in A. This is the entry level line in his range. Not fancy, but a good honest workhorse. The comb is sealed and… Continue reading Sugar Cain Semi-Custom Marine Band
I’ve been going through something of a Big Walter phase (obsession) for some time now. The man had giant tone like nobody else and a wonderful sense of rhythm. I love this publicity photo for Arhoolie with guitar player Johnny Young. Bob Corritore has many more collected on his website. Among my favourite of his… Continue reading Big Walter Photographs
I’ve put together this short video to demo a range of styles and give an idea of what I can teach.