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Frequent Practicing trumps Long Practicing

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

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My 2 Draw is Broken! (No, it isn’t)

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)

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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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Harmonica in the Bath

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.

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Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 8 – Position Playing, Finding the Right Position

In the last two posts on position playing we’ve looked at some of the positions we can play in. We examined the modes that are available in the first few positions and the effect this has on the sound and feel of a melody. This time we’re going to look at how to find the… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 8 – Position Playing, Finding the Right Position

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How to Memorise Licks (and have fun doing it)

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.

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Introduction to the 12 Bar Blues for Harmonica Players (Part 01)

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.

Introduction to the 12 Bar Blues for Harmonica Players Part 01.

Have at it folks!