Posted Wed, 10/26/2016 - 15:22 by David Barrett Admin
Gary started playing upon receiving his first harp at age 5 from his grandfather. Soon after, while attending a cultural festival he wandered away from his family following an irresistible sound... a Big Walter Horton performance. As the loudspeakers blared something about a lost child, he knew he’d found his calling… and he followed. Down the road his recordings have received multiple Grammy Award nominations. His music has topped the Blues and Roots radio charts internationally. continue reading...
Posted Wed, 10/05/2016 - 08:59 by David Barrett Admin
Today's tip is a simple one, but an important one for learning material. For most people, the first thing they do when digging into learning a lick or solo is to play along with the recording. When playing along with the recording there's a percentage you'll miss... rhythm, notes (notes that you'll miss or replace with incorrect ones), nuances (such as pulls and other articulations that help speak the notes) and dynamics. This can easily be fixed by listening to the lick you're trying to copy once and then playing along with it once. continue reading...
Posted Sun, 09/25/2016 - 09:54 by David Barrett Admin
Join me for an interview with Texas harmonica player Lonnie Joe Howell. Some of you may be familiar with Lonnie through his country harmonica method material (books, CD's and videos). Interview topics include: Lonnie Joe’s Early Years; Texas Harmonica, 2nd Position and Tongue Blocking; Country Tuning; Accompaniment Playing and Breathing; Accompaniment Playing, Part 2; Improvising; and Engaging the Audience
Posted Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:33 by David Barrett Admin
Beginning Student Hob Bosold plays his performance song with me on bass in preparation for his student concert rehearsal. Hob also learns how to use the accompaniment patterns he’s learned and the solo from the study song “Temperature” to play over an entire track (vocals and solo). Lastly, Hob learns the tongue placement in preparation for learning how to bend. This lesson can be found here http://www.bluesharmonica.com/contributor/hob_bosold
Posted Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:18 by David Barrett Admin
Another fun way to open a song is to play a twelve-bar boogie line on the harmonica and then have the band join you. Here's what I like to play. Each note is one beat in length (quarter notes). Feel free to add pulls on the upbeat to help it swing.