Posted Wed, 10/07/2015 - 08:39 by David Barrett Admin
As blues harmonica players we prefer the tone of the lower keyed harmonicas and the lower six holes of the harmonica. When venturing above hole 6, the tone thins and we start to move off access of our cupped hands and away from our mic.
Players commonly use slaps as their default way to present the high notes for a more powerful sound. Using octaves (4 hole for blow and 5 hole for draw) is also a great approach for a bigger sound. continue reading...
Posted Mon, 10/05/2015 - 08:43 by David Barrett Admin
The most apparent change on the high end for someone studying the note layout of the harmonica or playing scales is that at hole 7 the blow notes are higher than the draw notes. This is easily seen in the C Major Scale below. Note the change in breathing between holes 6 and 7.
4+ 4 5+ 5 6+ 6 7 7+
If you play two octaves of scale you get...
4+ 4 5+ 5 6+ 6 7 7+ 8 8+ 9 9+ 10 10+ (10'+ B is also available if you want to throw it in there, but it's rarely used)
Posted Sun, 10/04/2015 - 17:08 by David Barrett Admin
Beginning student Hob Bosold's latest lesson is now up. In this lesson we cover: Tongue Block Study 1: Walk With Me, Page 1 Review; Page 2 Review; Solo Harmonica Study 1: Examples 1.2 to 1.7 Review; Major Scale and Finding where you are on the Harmonica; Solo Harmonica Study 2: Example 1.6 and Music Theory Study 1: Section 2 Review (Bending Focus)
Posted Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:42 by David Barrett Admin
Jot down some notes this weekend on what you think are the challenges of learning to play above hole 6 in 2nd Position and why you may think it's not used as much as it could be. I'll share my observations starting Monday. Have a great weekend everyone!
Posted Tue, 09/29/2015 - 08:57 by David Barrett Admin
School of the Blues students rehearsed for their Fall student concert Sunday and one of the areas they could have benefited from doing beforehand was to listen carefully to what the band was doing in their song. They did work out what the groove was, the key, the opening, ending and if there were breaks, but what they missed was what the instruments were doing within the groove of their song. In many cases this level of detail was not needed, but in some it was essential. continue reading...