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I (Don’t) Got The San Francisco Bay Blues

I’m ridiculously excited. Due to some fortunate circumstances my wife and I have the opportunity to visit San Francisco next June. A jaunt that would usually be way beyond our reach financially.

Cool in itself, but the icing on the cake is I’ve been able to book a three hour private harmonica lesson with my blues mentor David Barrett at The School of The Blues in San Jose.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do ever since I started his online course which taught me the skills I’m now sharing with you guys, and quite possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not to mention the fact that I’ll get to check out the live music scene in San Francisco and San Jose.

Apologies for the bragging post but I needed to tell people. I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity, and of course to my amazing (and long suffering) wife for making it happen.

Enough of me gushing. Get some Barrett in your ears.

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Crowd Sourced YouTube Playlist

A little while ago I started putting together a YouTube playlist of favourite harmonica performances to share with students as inspiration and introduce new players and styles.

Then I thought why not throw it out to everyone. I’ll start it off and then if any of you guys want to send me links to your favourite videos we can make a Leeds Harmonica playlist between us.

So let me know, old or new, any style. As long as there’s a harmonica in it. Those songs that make you want to pick up your harp and play.

Here’s the direct link to the playlist I’ve put together so far.

I’m fascinated to hear what’s been inspiring you.

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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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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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Grant Dermody

Grant Dermody is absolutely one of my favourite living harmonica players and – by all accounts – fine gentleman.

I’ve watched this clip with Frank Fotusky on guitar more times than I care to remember and it never fails to impress. Grant’s skill with texture, rhythm, space and sensitive accompaniment is admirable.