Posted Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:17 by David Barrett Admin
A student asked today in the forum how to move an accompaniment line from 2nd Position to 3rd Position. This is a great skill, especially as one advances in their studies and finds themselves playing in multiple positions and needing to be speak fluently in all the areas we need to in music (in this case accompaniment).
Posted Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:45 by David Barrett Admin
Fellow student Keith Mitchell just started Gospel Harmonica Community to "give birth to a online community for Gospel Harmonica enthusiasts." To read more about this Google Hangout visit: https://www.facebook.com/DigitalAspirations
Posted Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:23 by David Barrett Admin
Grant Dermody is a harmonica player, singer, songwriter, and teacher from Seattle, Washington. Described as "an understated harmonica virtuoso and a vocalist of subtlety and warmth" by Don McLeese of No Depression magazine. Grant’s musical travels have seen him playing with many of America’s most beloved acoustic musicians. In 2010, he embarked on a successful international tour with guitarist Eric Bibb. Previous explorations saw him performing in a trio with Orville Johnson and John Miller, live and on their 2006 release Deceiving Blues. continue reading...
Posted Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:17 by David Barrett Admin
Every now and again I'll see a new student use a small zip-lock bag to store their harmonica, or a large zip-lock bag for all of their harmonicas. Get rid of the bag, harmonicas need to breathe to vent the moisture from playing.
Posted Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:01 by David Barrett Admin
Continuing on the theme of the importance of being relaxed while playing for good tone... relax your neck/throat muscles. While performing the tremolo for example, only the muscles that are involved in the opening and closing of your vocal folds are needed. While performing a bend, the tongue is the only muscle that needs to move. Engaging the neck muscles around your throat will narrow your air passage, diminishing the size of that resonant chamber, sacrificing tone production in that part of your mouth. Early fatigue is of course an issue as well when using more muscle than you need... continue reading...
Posted Mon, 08/18/2014 - 07:10 by David Barrett Admin
A light touch of your lips and tongue on the face of the harmonica are essential for the proper execution of technique and to achieve good tone. If your tongue, lips or corners of your mouth become tender and painful, then you're pushing too hard.