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 Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:45 by David Barrett Admin
Moving this hook to 1st Position you probably noticed an issue with the IV7 Chord.
The I7 is C Bb C, which is played on 4+ 3' 4+, no problem, it sounds good.
The V7 is G F G, which is 2 2" 2 and 6+ 5 6+, again, sounds great.
The IV7 is F Eb F. F is not a problem (2" and 5), but Eb is only found on 8'+, 1OB (1 overblow) and 4OB (4 overblow). For this reason, many players will not choose to play this common hook in 1st Position.
Posted Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:47 by David Barrett Admin
It's now time to get to work. Take a listen to the first four bars of Little Walter's "Rocker." I would like you to figure out: the key of harmonica; the key Walter and the band are playing in; where he starts in time; and how you would count this song in.
I'll get you started...
1) He's playing in 2nd Position
2) He starts with a 2" (2 draw whole step bend) that quickly goes to 2 (2 draw)
Posted Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:57 by David Barrett Admin
Before we leave this subject of figuring out the key...
If you're trying to figure out the key of a song, and there's no harp playing on the recording you're copying/referencing, upon guessing what the key is, make sure to grab the corresponding harp and play a song you're familiar with to the music. This will confirm that you have chosen the correct key and position of harp. continue reading...
Posted Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:22 by David Barrett Admin
This is my process...
1) Transcribe everything at full tempo, without picking up the harmonica.
2) Slow the music down moderately (around 15-20%) and proofread my transcription carefully as I listen. This is very handy, I'll inevitably find little fixes (such as dips, slurs, pulls that were very soft, etc.).