Posted Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:21 by David Barrett Admin
Use more space in your playing. Most of us have a tendency to over-play, especially when excited or trying to play a burning solo. Space not only gives the other musicians an opportunity to uplift what you're playing (by playing fills and pickups to chord change for example), but also provides the listener with the space to digest what you played so they can appreciate when you repeat, use variation or move away.
Posted Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:01 by David Barrett Admin
Released today on YouTube is Rick Estrin's video interview for the "HOHNER Masters of the Harmonica" series, recorded at last year's Word Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany. Rick Estrin - HOHNER Masters of the Harmonica http://youtu.be/IXHrhVBSS_s
Posted Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:39 by David Barrett Admin
Excessive volume from the band is an extremely common problem for harmonica players. We have issues hearing ourselves (which causes feedback problems trying to raise above the volume of the band) and all ideas of musicality and dynamics are thrown out the window. Here are some tools you can use to help combat this... continue reading...
Posted Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:21 by David Barrett Admin
Improvising to a non-12 bar blues can be very challenging for new improvisers.
How experienced players do it is by using 1st Position Licks over the IV Chord and 3rd Position Licks over the V Chord (for more information on this idea visit Understanding Position Playing in the Lessons section of the site). continue reading...
Posted Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:44 by David Barrett Admin
In a standard 12 Bar Blues, with our most common vocal AAB rhyme scheme, fills are found on the last two bars of each four-bar line (of which there are three). These fills happen on the I (one) chord. This makes fills generally easy to play due to there being no chord considerations to be made.
In a non-12 Bar Blues progression this may not be the case, and this is true for "Key to the Highway."