Posted Wed, 12/21/2016 - 21:20 by David Barrett Admin
In Hob's latest lesson we review bending, work on the first chorus of his bending study song and work on the concept of Hole Changes (an exercise to memorize the blues chord tones on each hole of the harmonica). This lesson can be found here http://www.bluesharmonica.com/contributor/hob_bosold
Posted Tue, 11/29/2016 - 20:28 by David Barrett Admin
July 21-23, 2017 I’ll be teaching in Scotland at the Edinburgh Harmonica Workshop with Will Wilde, Liam Ward and Tomlin Leckie. If you live in the area or are looking for a good reason to visit a beautiful city, come join us. My class subjects will be: Introduction to Blues Chromatic (All Levels); Textures (All Skill Levels); and Developing Killer V-IV-I Licks (Advanced). I’ll post a video on this soon. For more information on this class visit www.EdinburghHarmonica.com
Posted Mon, 11/28/2016 - 15:33 by David Barrett Admin
Your tip today comes from fellow student Thomas Toussaint. After seeing the latest video interview with Lee Sankey he was inspired to share his approach to understanding chord change relative to position playing.
Posted Wed, 11/23/2016 - 09:10 by David Barrett Admin
Lee is a classic blues harmonica player, most commonly compared to the stylings of Kim Wilson in his approach. He has released two albums on his own record label and toured internationally until 2004, playing at venues such as Ronnie Scotts and festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival. He’s taught at the Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingen, Germany and the SPAH Convention in San Antonio, Texas. His popular YouTube channel has had over 1 million views and continues to grow a large subscriber base. continue reading...
Posted Sat, 11/19/2016 - 19:22 by David Barrett Admin
Join Ross Garren for his latest release in the overbending series where he interviews Carlos Del Junco (adding to the interviews with Jason Ricci and Adam Gussow). You can find this interview in “Overbending Bending Study 7 – Interviews”
Posted Tue, 11/01/2016 - 08:39 by David Barrett Admin
"For those of us who want to become masters at playing the harmonica, practice will probably take the majority of the time you spend working to get better. As you have, or will come to realize, mastering the harmonica is a journey that will take quite a long time. Of course, everyone of you will have your own goals and ideas about the type of music you want to play and how good you want to get. However, the key to all this practice and playing is to have fun. You’re in charge of how much you practice and what you practice and most importantly, your attitude during practice. continue reading...
Posted Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:22 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 - 07:59 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...