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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

Music Theory for Harmonica Players

Music Theory For Harmonica Players Part 3 – The Major Scale

Last time we looked at the chromatic scale and learned that this scale contains all the notes available. Here’s the piano keyboard again for reference. Remember the distance between one note and the next (or one piano key and the next) is called a semi-tone, and that a distance of two semi-tones is called a… Continue reading Music Theory For Harmonica Players Part 3 – The Major Scale

Music Theory for Harmonica Players

Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 2 – The Chromatic Scale

Okay then. First things first. Music, as you already know I’m sure, is made up of playing a series of notes. Notes organised together in a specific way are called a scale. Think Do-Re-Mi-Fi-So-La-Te-Do, that refers to a scale. In fact that’s a very important one that I’ll talk about in the next post. The… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 2 – The Chromatic Scale

Music Theory for Harmonica Players

Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 1 – Introduction

Music theory is intimidating for a lot of new players but that’s usually down to misconceptions. Although it can appear arcane, stuffy and overly formalised that needn’t be the case. In this series of posts I’ll attempt to present the essential information in a clear and straightforward way and demonstrate how the application of even… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 1 – Introduction