I love to play Lost John & Trains. I like listening to the early players just get so much sound out of a cord. You can really milk the various combinations of notes recreating without hardly moving.
I'm throwing the dice here, I'm not as prepared as I hoped to be, it's a little harder than I just jammin out a groove for fun. Thanks for the challange.
p.s. love the site, the interviews, and I'm hooked, thanks so much for what your doing here!!!
This morning I had a row with my babe so....I didn't feel like doin' a fast and funny stuff like a fox chase or the train but something more "Blue". Some mistakes in the tune but I felt like that today! Many thanks for this fantastic opportunity to learn more and more thanks to you guys. What a privilege to have a full access to all these greats videos, very instructive! Cheers to all from France
This is one of the most difficult harmonica projects I have ever encountered. I had never played solo harmonica before. It's so hard!!! It took me a lot of time and frustration to build this song. I wanted to do a better job, but after hours of recording I thought I would get crazy.
The song is in 2nd position. I tried to find a catchy head that's repeated at the end. I also tried to add diversity to the solos. As I was working on the ending I throught a Little Walter lick would do the job. continue reading...
I had a lot of fun trying to put together this entry. I am very new to tongue blocking and this is also my first ever attempt to put a musical piece together, but it was a blast. The song is played on a quite battle worn Special 20 harmonica in the key of G. The song uses octaves, tongue slaps and pulls, bends (especially on the 3 hole draw), hand effects and vibrato, and tongue switching. I tried to be selective and not throw in every single technique for the harmonica, but instead just try and get a groove going in the song and express the sounds in my head. continue reading...
After listening to some unrelated ad lib practice sessions that I recorded over several months, there were some licks that seemed to fit together. That's how this piece got started. From that point I experimented by adding new licks, my goal being to create a piece with interest through texture, syncopation and surprises. I hope it comes across in the listening.
A few spots had to be altered from draw to blow notes, or visa versa, in order to pace my air supply. continue reading...
Like everyone else (I think), this took a long time to get started on. Trying to come up with something original was not easy and finally took one of the lesson riffs to get going. Interesting exercise that had all kind of dimensions I never would have thought of beforehand. The foot tapping isn't as easy as I thought - and then the mic hardly picked it up. Congratulations to the others who have posted - I continue to be impressed with and inspired by your playing.
This is my first go at a I chord tune - at anything outside the 12 bar blues structure. It was good fun to put it together but really hard to manage the breathing (the breaks are there mainly to stop me passing out, to be honest).