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
On this site and in my private lessons I always talk theory as if we’re playing a C harmonica. And I only ask you to memorise the notes of that one key. I’ve written about this already here: Why Do We Talk About C Harmonicas All The Time? What I haven’t explained is how easy… Continue reading Memorising Your C Harmonica – Worth It
This is one of the most valuable tips (along with practicing slowly) you may ever get, so please pay attention. I speak from experience, and I don’t want you to suffer the same setbacks I’ve had. Here’s the tip: If you do frequent, short practices you will improve faster than if you do infrequent, long… Continue reading Frequent Practicing trumps Long Practicing
I’m fortunate that I get to help people take their first steps on the harmonica. For some folks this has been a lifelong ambition, and I love sharing people’s enthusiasm and helping them overcome the challenges. There are a few things that regularly catch people out right at the start. The harmonica is a very… Continue reading My 2 Draw is Broken! (No, it isn’t)
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.
I’ve had a few queries recently about playing harmonica in a rack while playing guitar and if I can teach it. The short answer is yes! I’d be happy too. The longer answer goes like this. Although I play guitar as well as harmonica I never do both at the same time. The main reason… Continue reading Playing Harmonica in a Rack