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.
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.
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.
We’ve been working this traditional gospel tune up as a High Hollers number but I think it works quite well as a solo harmonica piece too. I was inspired to record this after watching TJ and the Suitcase perform a rousing version last night at Al’s Dime Bar in Bradford.
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.