There’s been an unprecedented burst of productivity round here these last few days. Here’s a quick video on internalising links 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!
I’ve put together a short pdf on the component parts of a harmonica and how they work together to create sound. Hopefully it will be useful for beginners still getting to know their instrument. Enjoy!
I’ll be honest, I’m not enormously knowledgeable or experienced with harp mics or playing amplified in general. With The High Hollers I play acoustic into the same vocal mic I sing into. That said, it’s an area I’m working on and I confess to getting a bit tingly about vintage mics. I own two Astatic… Continue reading Vintage Harp Mics
I always advise my students to practice new licks, rhythms and techniques slowly. I provide slowed down jam tracks to help with that. Nearly always this is met with some degree of resistance. Often along the lines of “Well, I want to be able to play it full speed so I should practice it that… Continue reading Slow and Steady Wins the Race
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.
Happy Christmas from me and Sonny Boy.
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!
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
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