However, when you already have some musical knowledge and can play one or more instruments, a good self-teaching method can be very useful. In Harmonica For Dummies, you'll find an accessible format designed to help you access new techniques, songs, and styles of playing. But always, I was stymied by the lack of harmonica information and over time sought it out - people, recordings, history, instruments, techniques, and all forms of harmonica knowledge, which I'm now ready to share with you. He states that this has a 10-page list of popular blues songs and what key they are in so that you can play along in the right key. Adding the sound of the neighboring hole to the left or right helps fill out the sound.
Rosenberg has written 13 novels and five nonfiction titles, and has produced multiple documentaries. However, each lesson has a blues bent to it. This book falls into that useful category. Hard to read books with your eyes rolling. Description Description The fun and easy way to play blues on the harmonica Blues harmonica is the most popular and influential style of harmonica playing, and it forms the basis for playing harmonica in other styles such as rock and country. It starts from scratch and guides you along. However, when you already have some musical knowledge and can play one or more instruments, a good self-teaching method can be very useful.
I also have Harmonica for Dummies by the same author, but I prefer this book. I think you would get more out of this book, however, if you already have an understanding of theory. If you are at all interested in the subject, you absolutely will not go wrong by purchasing this book. Each element is embodied in a tune that you can play in second position. The blues is a uniquely American art form that got its start from the collision of African and European cultures in the American South.
He has also served as a communications advisor for a number of U. In addition to teaching privately, he currently teaches at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California. This is definitely my favorite between the two books and the one that I will be recommending to others beginning harmonica enthusiasts. This book far exceeded my expectations. I've poked into many obscure corners of harmonica information - including players, history, lore, techniques, styles, repair and customization - that I have a lot of information that may help you.
Yerxa's book, so I can't comment on that, but I'll leave you with this: Listen to good blues records all the time while you play along, and you'll eventually start getting good at it. I am not a beginner harmonica player and I know some things about Blues music. If you are at all interested in the subject, you absolutely will not go wrong by purchasing this book. And the harmonica has a natural genius for the blues, with its ease of producing the moaning, wailing sounds often associated with this style of music. This is true in spite of 50+ years of musical experience on several instruments and voice.
The chords in parentheses are optional. Blues Harmonica for Dummies gives you a wealth of content devoted to the blues approach—specific techniques and applications, including bending and making your notes sound richer and fuller with tongue-blocked enhancements; use of amplification to develop a blues sound; blues licks and riffs; constructing a blues harmonica solo; accompanying singers; historical development of blues styles; and important blues players and recordings. There is not much then that I could add. Blues Harmonica for Dummies gives you a wealth of content devoted to the blues approach—specific techniques and applications, including bending and making your notes sound richer and fuller with tongue-blocked enhancements; use of amplification to develop a blues sound; blues licks and riffs; constructing a blues harmonica solo; accompanying singers; historical development of blues styles; and important blues players and recordings. My 3-year old is getting pretty good at it, too.
Refunds by law: In Australia, consumers have a legal right to obtain a refund from a business if the goods purchased are faulty, not fit for purpose or don't match the seller's description. Author Biography Winslow Yerxa is a widely known and respected harmonica player, teacher, and author. This one is becoming to be one of my favourite and I am finding it to be most useful so therefore, I do dare to recommend it. Licks tend to be shorter than riffs, and you can play them anywhere within a song and combine them with other licks in different sequences at will. I've also transcribed the solos of jazz harmonica player Toots Thielemans and pop star Stevie Wonder, but these have not been published. A great music primer for anyone who wants to play harmonica.
Years ago I bought an inexpensive harmonica -- still have it -- and learned a few of the basics. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. Did I say it was fun? But in the summers I was up in the Canadian Rockies, playing along with country singers and fiddlers from the Cree and Dené First Nations that's the Canadian term for native American - er, Native Canadian. Just upped the rating from 4 to 5 stars. As you may already know, David Barrett edits the online Mel Bay magazine. The fun and easy way® to play blues harmonica! Things I've done: I'm the author of the popular book. Table of contents Introduction 1 Part I: So You Wanna Play Blues Harmonica? Pretty soon I was playing in garage rock bands, then in blues bands.