There’s precious little Big Walter footage around and I must confess I’d never seen this before. Maybe not the greatest performance in the world but man it’s good to see Walter in his element. Looks like he’s really digging this, and getting the respect he deserves from a large audience. Very cool.
Recently completed Level 7 of David Barrett’s harmonica program. These are the videos I submitted of two study songs – Half Steppin’ and Blues for Paul DeLay. Both have minor errors and flubs, and David advised me to keep a close eye on my 3 draw bends (you always gotta pay close attention to that… Continue reading Always Working
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A big thanks to everyone for making 2017 a great year for me. Massive thanks to everyone who’s supported me getting this thing off the ground, and especially to all my students. Here’s to a happy hearty harpin’ 2018.
Happy Christmas from me and Sonny Boy.
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.