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Harmonica Lessons Online? It Works!

Skype is a free computer program which allows people to chat online with both video and audio. It’s also a perfectly viable way of delivering harmonica lessons. I realise that many people are skeptical but if you’re interested I’d encourage you to give it a chance. Not only does it mean I can connect with… Continue reading Harmonica Lessons Online? It Works!

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Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 7 – Position Playing, a Practical Demonstration

The last post in this series was an enormous information dump. This time we’re going to play a little and experience the difference between the positions in sound and feel. You’ll need harmonicas in G, C and Low F to play along. (Note: The exercise detailed here is stolen wholesale from David Barrett’s theory lessons… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 7 – Position Playing, a Practical Demonstration

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Rare Early Blues Harp Recordings Introduced by Joe Filisko

This has been around for a while but it’s an absolute treasure trove of early harmonica recordings so I felt it worth posting. Joe Filisko introduces each track on the essential Harmonica Rarities – 59 Rare Recordings From the 20’s-60’s 2 CD set. Disc one comprises entirely of solo, unaccompanied harmonica performances, including prime examples… Continue reading Rare Early Blues Harp Recordings Introduced by Joe Filisko

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The Small Change Diaries and Phil Doleman

I had the massive pleasure of supporting The Small Change Diaries at the launch of their new album a couple of weeks ago. I did a harmonica solo for the album and have sat in with them a few times. At this gig I was also invited to sit in with multi-instrumentalist Phil Doleman on… Continue reading The Small Change Diaries and Phil Doleman

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Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 6 – Position Playing

So far we’ve been looking at playing the major scale. We’ve been playing in the key of C on a C harmonica – exactly what a C harmonica was designed to do. (A quick aside. When discussing theory on this site or in my private lessons we always talk theory as if we’re playing a… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 6 – Position Playing

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Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 5 – Harmonica Note Layout: Major Scales

In previous posts we’ve looked at the major scale and how it’s built out of notes in the chromatic scale. We’ve also seen that we can refer to notes within scales using numbers called scale degrees. Now lets look at how all this relates to our harmonicas. Here’s the C Major scale again: Note name:    C… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 5 – Harmonica Note Layout: Major Scales