Posted Thu, 06/23/2016 - 06:25 by David Barrett Admin
Hohner has just released their low series of the Rocket model. Lower keys (below G) have only been available in the Hohner Thunderbird series. Though the Thunderbird series is great, it's also more expensive than standard-keyed models. I haven't seen any price points as of yet on this new model, but it looks like we'll have a low series of harps below the $100 price tag now. Here's a video demonstrating the new model https://youtu.be/0CgLsZ0O7as
Posted Wed, 06/22/2016 - 06:40 by David Barrett Admin
Our first type of opening is simply from the beginning of the 12 Bar Blues Form, from the I (from the one... we use Roman numerals for chords). The speech will be as follows for "Need My Baby" by Big Walter Horton...
Posted Wed, 06/15/2016 - 06:42 by David Barrett Admin
Today I'll start a series to help you understand, and eventually use, the common opening types found in blues that are safe to call in a sit-in (you sitting in with an established blues band) or jam session (mixture of skill and experience level of musicians) situation.
Let's start with the basics of what generally needs to be stated for a song...
1) Key - "E," for example. Avoid drawn-out phrases like "Okay, we're going to play a song in the key of E." Keep it succinct... "E" continue reading...
Posted Fri, 06/10/2016 - 06:59 by David Barrett Admin
An enjoyable hour of popular music narrated by The Archivist (Roger Trobridge) from the 1960's containing harmonica. Though we don't study this era of harmonica playing (not known for its high level of playing), it's a fun listen.
Posted Wed, 06/01/2016 - 09:48 by David Barrett Admin
Professor John Shirley has created "BlueDadi Harmonica Recording Software" to help BluesHarmonica.com students do quick recordings of themselves with the best harmonica tone possible. John has provided two videos for you to watch to get to know the software. Please watch these videos, read the provided PDF and spend time experimenting with everything in the program. Since John has created this on his free time and is not doing this for profit, there is no additional support for this program... have fun experimenting and seeing what you can creatively do. Thanks John!
Posted Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:44 by David Barrett Admin
Last week's tip focused on how repetition is the key element in making your improvising and songwriting memorable. Here are a few examples of famous classic blues harmonica instrumentals... note that repetition plays the key role in making the head (the opening 12 Bars) memorable. This happens just as much with modern instrumentals, but you most likely already have these songs in your collection for convenience of review. continue reading...
Posted Sun, 05/22/2016 - 09:52 by David Barrett Admin
In Ryan's latest lesson he plays the Bending Study 5 song "Half Steppin'" for my review, learns the fine points of blow bending and we finish Accompaniment Study 9, Due playing. In our next lesson we'll dig into 1st Position playing.
Posted Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:06 by David Barrett Admin
PSA - Filisko Harmonica Teach-In
The yearly Filisko Harmonica Teach-In will be coming to the SPAH Convention in San Antonio this August 11, 12 & 13th.
Nearly all aspects of the harmonica will be covered by some of the world's very finest specialists, including David Barrett, Mike Caldwell, Jerry Devillier, Robert Bonfiglio, PT Gazell, James Conway, Peter Madcat Ruth, Will Scarlett, Grant Dermody, Rob Roy Parnell, Ronnie Shellist, Michael Rubin, Todd Parrott, Brendan Power, Cara Cooke, Lonnie Joe Howell, Johnny Bishop, Connor James Frontera and Buzz Krantz. continue reading...