Whenever I tell a beginner harmonica player we’re going to look at improvising there’s always a flash of fear in their eyes. BUT there is a great way of thinking about and approaching the improvisation process taught by David Barrett. It’s called Chorus Forms. The document linked below is an introduction to the concept with… Continue reading About Improvising
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.
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
There’s a great article form Richard Sleigh in the latest issue of Harmonica World magazine on the music notation used by David Barrett in his teaching material at bluesharmonica.com. I completely agree with the sentiment. At first I was reluctant too. The whole thing appears arcane and unappealing but a little bit of effort pays… Continue reading The Musical Cartography of David Barrett