First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2016, this is a cute little show about the harmonica. Obviously it’s aimed at a general audience rather than the hardcore harp nerd I’m sure you are, but it should be of interest to new players as well. There’s some good history stuff and contributions from Joe Filisko and David Barrett.
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
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’ve put together a short pdf on the component parts of a harmonica and how they work together to create sound. Hopefully it will be useful for beginners still getting to know their instrument. Enjoy!