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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

Music Theory for Harmonica Players

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

Music Theory for Harmonica Players

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

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Grant Dermody

Grant Dermody is absolutely one of my favourite living harmonica players and – by all accounts – fine gentleman.

I’ve watched this clip with Frank Fotusky on guitar more times than I care to remember and it never fails to impress. Grant’s skill with texture, rhythm, space and sensitive accompaniment is admirable.

Music Theory for Harmonica Players

Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 4 – Scale Degrees

Last time we defined the major scale and discussed how it’s built. Now we’re going to add another way of thinking about and referring to notes in the scale. Take for example the G major scale. Remember that the major scale is built using notes from the chromatic scale in this sequence: whole-tone, whole-tone, semi-tone,… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 4 – Scale Degrees