I was asked recently if I could help someone learn some of Bruce Springsteen’s harmonica parts. Here’s a quick run through the intro to The River.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Have at it folks!
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
(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