A big thanks to everyone for making 2017 a great year for me. Massive thanks to everyone who’s supported me getting this thing off the ground, and especially to all my students. Here’s to a happy hearty harpin’ 2018.
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!
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
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
I’ve been playing with Music Note Sight Reading Trainer. It’s a very simple and very effective app for iOS that “gamifys” the often daunting task of learning the note layout on the staff. If this is new to you here’s a diagram to get you started. The notes that sit on the staff lines are… Continue reading Music Note Sight Reading Trainer
(Note: The purpose of this post is not to teach about five hole octaves. It’s simply a tip for those already starting to use them in their playing.) Learning to switch between four five hole octaves can be a pain. Something I found useful is learning major scale folk melodies in the upper register and… Continue reading 5 Hole Octaves – Practice Tip
We’ve been working this traditional gospel tune up as a High Hollers number but I think it works quite well as a solo harmonica piece too. I was inspired to record this after watching TJ and the Suitcase perform a rousing version last night at Al’s Dime Bar in Bradford.