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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.