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!
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
I’ve been playing with Music Note Sight Reading Trainer. It’s a very simple and very effective app for iOS that “gamifys” the often daunting task of learning the note layout on the staff. If this is new to you here’s a diagram to get you started. The notes that sit on the staff lines are… Continue reading Music Note Sight Reading Trainer
(Note: The purpose of this post is not to teach about five hole octaves. It’s simply a tip for those already starting to use them in their playing.) Learning to switch between four five hole octaves can be a pain. Something I found useful is learning major scale folk melodies in the upper register and… Continue reading 5 Hole Octaves – Practice Tip
We’ve been working this traditional gospel tune up as a High Hollers number but I think it works quite well as a solo harmonica piece too. I was inspired to record this after watching TJ and the Suitcase perform a rousing version last night at Al’s Dime Bar in Bradford.
This morning I’ve rebuilt an old Special 20 of mine for a student. A multitude of issues can be solved by simply disassembling, cleaning and screwing back together. Gunk on the reeds or in the tight gap between the side of the reed and the reed slot is common. The method I use is to… Continue reading Reviving Old Harmonicas