Posted Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:29 by David Barrett Admin
Ryan's latest lesson is now up. Videos include:
Lesson 29 - Intro
Lesson 29 - Accompaniment Study 6: Ryan Plays Used To Be My Baby
Lesson 29 - Accompaniment Study 6: Used To Be My Baby Critique
Lesson 29 - Solo Harmonica Study 3: Ex. 2.6
Lesson 29 - Solo Harmonica Study 3: Ex. 2.7
Lesson 29 - Improvising Study 4: Section 4, Ex. 60-68
Lesson 29 - Bending Study 4: My Blues, Opening to Chorus 2
Lesson 29 - Bending Study 4: My Blues, Chorus 3
Lesson 29 - Bending Study 4: My Blues, Vibrato Discussion
Lesson 29 - Bending Study 4: My Blues, Chorus 4
Posted Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:44 by David Barrett Admin
Turnaround licks (Bars 11 and 12) are in most cases just a short lick (around one bar) with a 1 draw tagged on at the end. Go to Improvising Study 5 - Turnarounds (http://www.bluesharmonica.com/lessons/improvising_study_5_turnarounds) and take a look at those licks. With this in mind, grab the looped turnaround jam track and experiment with creating your own turnaround.
Posted Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:30 by David Barrett Admin
One of the tips to help new players create the vibrato is to slightly prebend the note before starting the throat tremolo (the motor for the vibrato). One you have a feel for this, stop this practice so that you can play that note in tune.
Posted Tue, 12/16/2014 - 09:16 by David Barrett Admin
We work very hard as blues harmonica players to develop an air-tight cup to achieve a dark and bassy tone. A common issue though with an overly tight cup is a sound, that when placed into context with a band, is often too dark and muted. The next time you perform live or record in the studio, try relaxing your hands a tad to allow just a little bit of your cup to leak. You'll still achieve good volume, tone and bass, but some of the muted nature of your cup will decrease and the higher frequencies responsible for making your playing cut through and be heard better are increased.
Posted Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:47 by David Barrett Admin
If you would like to see actual images of the tongue in the bending process (draw and blow bending, with both tongue block and pucker embouchures), read my paper on the bending process with visualizations from the MRI Bending Study I did at Stanford University with Peter R. Egbert, Lewis K. Shin, Thomas D. Rossing and Andrew Holbrook. Bending Process on the 10-Hole Diatonic Harmonica with the Visual Aid of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by David Barrett https://www.bluesharmonica.com/sites/bluesharmonica.com/files/mri_bendin...
Posted Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:25 by David Barrett Admin
In this lesson I'll show you how to record acoustic harmonica, mic a harp amp, do punch-in recording and edit multiple takes into one cohesive track. Many of the techniques I'll share with you are common to professional recording studios, just on a smaller scale. As a bonus, you get to follow fellow student Bill Bussell as he records his current study song ("The Tub"). This study is for all skill level players and no harmonicas are needed. continue reading...