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I (Don’t) Got The San Francisco Bay Blues

I’m ridiculously excited. Due to some fortunate circumstances my wife and I have the opportunity to visit San Francisco next June. A jaunt that would usually be way beyond our reach financially.

Cool in itself, but the icing on the cake is I’ve been able to book a three hour private harmonica lesson with my blues mentor David Barrett at The School of The Blues in San Jose.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do ever since I started his online course which taught me the skills I’m now sharing with you guys, and quite possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not to mention the fact that I’ll get to check out the live music scene in San Francisco and San Jose.

Apologies for the bragging post but I needed to tell people. I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity, and of course to my amazing (and long suffering) wife for making it happen.

Enough of me gushing. Get some Barrett in your ears.

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Destination Bollywood

Two fantastic harmonica album releases today from two very different players. If you’ve spent any time at all with me talking harmonica you’ll know about my deep appreciation of Joe Filisko, his playing, promotion of pre-war blues styles and harmonica in general. Destination Unknown is the fourth album in partnership with guitarist Eric Noden. It’s… Continue reading Destination Bollywood

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The History of Blues Harmonica Concert

Back in 2010 (y’know, the olden days) Joe Filisko, David Barrett and others put together a concert charting the evolution of blues harmonica form the twenties to the naughties. I’m not sure why it’s not occurred to me before to recommend this to people who want to learn to play – and especially if the… Continue reading The History of Blues Harmonica Concert

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Notes, Scales and Positions on the Harmonica

I’ve written a brief primer on the notes on your harmonica and how they work in the first three positions.

It examines major scales for first position, and how the scales in second and third position differ.

Hope it’s of some use. Here’s the link to the pdf: http://leedsharmonica.uk/resources/notes-on-your-harmonica.pdf

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Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 10 – 7th Chords

In the last post we looked at how to build a chord and how we can refer to them based on their scale degrees. We examined the G (I), C (IV) and D (V) chords. In this post we’re going to extend these chords and turn them into 7th chords. 7th chords are extremely important… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 10 – 7th Chords

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Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 9 – Introduction to Chords

A chord is simply a certain number of notes played at the same time. Guitar players do this by strumming, piano players hold down several keys at the same time. On the harmonica we simply need to blow into a few holes. The chords played in a song represent it’s basic structure. Songs have a… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 9 – Introduction to Chords

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Crowd Sourced YouTube Playlist

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.