I was asked recently if I could help someone learn some of Bruce Springsteen’s harmonica parts. Here’s a quick run through the intro to The River.
In the last post we looked at how to build a chord and how we can refer to them based on their scale degrees. We examined the G (I), C (IV) and D (V) chords. In this post we’re going to extend these chords and turn them into 7th chords. 7th chords are extremely important… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 10 – 7th Chords
A chord is simply a certain number of notes played at the same time. Guitar players do this by strumming, piano players hold down several keys at the same time. On the harmonica we simply need to blow into a few holes. The chords played in a song represent it’s basic structure. Songs have a… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 9 – Introduction to Chords
A little while ago I started putting together a YouTube playlist of favourite harmonica performances to share with students as inspiration and introduce new players and styles.
Then I thought why not throw it out to everyone. I’ll start it off and then if any of you guys want to send me links to your favourite videos we can make a Leeds Harmonica playlist between us.
So let me know, old or new, any style. As long as there’s a harmonica in it. Those songs that make you want to pick up your harp and play.
Here’s the direct link to the playlist I’ve put together so far.
I’m fascinated to hear what’s been inspiring you.
There’s been a little influx of new students in recent weeks, which is great, but it means I’ve been pretty busy and not posting here much lately. With the new students in mind I thought it might be a good time to address a couple of issues. The first (and most involved) subject is how… Continue reading Which Harmonica Should I Buy?
Excuse my indulgence but there’s a good point to be made. It’s really fun to find places with lots of natural reverb to play harmonica. The key is lots of hard surfaces which the sound can bounce around in. Good places to try are stairwells, underpasses, empty garages, kitchens, bathrooms (it’s not the best hygiene but some public toilets are great), warehouses and so on.
What’s your favourite place to play harmonica? I’d love to know.
In the last two posts on position playing we’ve looked at some of the positions we can play in. We examined the modes that are available in the first few positions and the effect this has on the sound and feel of a melody. This time we’re going to look at how to find the… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 8 – Position Playing, Finding the Right Position
I’ve had a few queries recently about playing harmonica in a rack while playing guitar and if I can teach it. The short answer is yes! I’d be happy too. The longer answer goes like this. Although I play guitar as well as harmonica I never do both at the same time. The main reason… Continue reading Playing Harmonica in a Rack
There’s been an unprecedented burst of productivity round here these last few days. Here’s a quick video on internalising licks and getting them ingrained in your long term memory. You’ll need to have a bit of experience for this to make proper sense. It’s not intended for beginners (Sorry! I’ll do some more fundamental stuff soon) but it’s really fun once you get going with it. A great way to spend some practice time. Enjoy.
Been working on this for a while now and I think it’s ready to release into the wild. The first part of what I intend to turn into a series introducing new players to the 12 bar blues, what is is and how we play along with it. Links to playing examples are included.
I sincerely hope that folks find this useful and enlightening. It’s exactly the kind of thing I wish I’d had access to while trying to learn this stuff. Feedback and corrections are encouraged.
Have at it folks!