Posted Wed, 07/20/2016 - 13:47 by David Barrett Admin
The common way to count a song in is to just count 1 2 3 4 and away you go. If the bandstand is loud and you need to get the attention of the band, use a pre-count. The pre-count is 1 (skip a beat) 2 (skip a beat) and then proceed with your standard four count. The end result is 1 . 2 . 1 2 3 4.
The pre-count is also useful/needed when the tempo is very fast and 1 2 3 4 is too quick for all of the musicians to get ready to play (the drummer to sit up on their throne... bass and guitar players to turn their volumes up... harp player to get their harp to their lips, etc.). continue reading...
Posted Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:09 by David Barrett Admin
Now provided in this lesson is a PDF list of famous songs that contain the grooves we cover in this lesson. For those that have not studied this lesson, join me and a group of the most experienced harmonica-backing blues musicians on the planet for a lesson on Grooves. Our band for this lesson is Rusty Zinn (guitar), RW Grigsby (bass) and Marty Dodson (drums). continue reading...
Posted Tue, 07/05/2016 - 08:08 by David Barrett Admin
A big congratulations to David Fullen from Hilliard, OH for completing Levels of Achievement Level 10 Testing at BluesHarmonica.com! You can see his performance of original arrangements and instrumentals here: https://vimeo.com/173452298
Posted Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:57 by David Barrett Admin
Last tip I spoke briefly about counting the band in. The most common error on the bandstand is to count the band in at the wrong tempo (commonly too fast due to being excited). The key point I stated was to hear the song in your head before tapping your foot and counting. continue reading...
Posted Sat, 06/25/2016 - 19:17 by David Barrett Admin
In this lesson Joe Filisko spends time covering the artists that have recorded memorable versions of the Fox Chase. Joe start this series with Henry Whitter, the first recorded versiob of the Fox Chase.
Posted Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:25 by David Barrett Admin
Hohner has just released their low series of the Rocket model. Lower keys (below G) have only been available in the Hohner Thunderbird series. Though the Thunderbird series is great, it's also more expensive than standard-keyed models. I haven't seen any price points as of yet on this new model, but it looks like we'll have a low series of harps below the $100 price tag now. Here's a video demonstrating the new model https://youtu.be/0CgLsZ0O7as
Posted Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:40 by David Barrett Admin
Our first type of opening is simply from the beginning of the 12 Bar Blues Form, from the I (from the one... we use Roman numerals for chords). The speech will be as follows for "Need My Baby" by Big Walter Horton...