Posted Tue, 11/29/2016 - 20:28 by David Barrett Admin
July 21-23, 2017 I’ll be teaching in Scotland at the Edinburgh Harmonica Workshop with Will Wilde, Liam Ward and Tomlin Leckie. If you live in the area or are looking for a good reason to visit a beautiful city, come join us. My class subjects will be: Introduction to Blues Chromatic (All Levels); Textures (All Skill Levels); and Developing Killer V-IV-I Licks (Advanced). I’ll post a video on this soon. For more information on this class visit www.EdinburghHarmonica.com
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 Wed, 11/23/2016 - 09:10 by David Barrett Admin
Lee is a classic blues harmonica player, most commonly compared to the stylings of Kim Wilson in his approach. He has released two albums on his own record label and toured internationally until 2004, playing at venues such as Ronnie Scotts and festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival. He’s taught at the Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingen, Germany and the SPAH Convention in San Antonio, Texas. His popular YouTube channel has had over 1 million views and continues to grow a large subscriber base. continue reading...
Posted Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:22 by David Barrett Admin
Gary started playing upon receiving his first harp at age 5 from his grandfather. Soon after, while attending a cultural festival he wandered away from his family following an irresistible sound... a Big Walter Horton performance. As the loudspeakers blared something about a lost child, he knew he’d found his calling… and he followed. Down the road his recordings have received multiple Grammy Award nominations. His music has topped the Blues and Roots radio charts internationally. continue reading...
Posted Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:18 by David Barrett Admin
Another fun way to open a song is to play a twelve-bar boogie line on the harmonica and then have the band join you. Here's what I like to play. Each note is one beat in length (quarter notes). Feel free to add pulls on the upbeat to help it swing.
Posted Sat, 08/20/2016 - 14:17 by David Barrett Admin
Ronnie Shellist's musical career began in 1997 working with singer/songwriter Hugh Fadal from Austin, TX. Blues great Gary Primich was a huge influence on his music as well as Guy Forsyth and Walter T. Higgs who lived and played in Austin in the mid 90's. Thanks to a great blues scene in Austin at the time, Ronnie had an up close and personal experiences in the scene that heavily influenced his ultimate musical direction. His style is a combination of mostly Chicago and West Coast blues influenced by funk and jazz greats such as Grant Green and Maceo Parker. continue reading...
Posted Wed, 08/10/2016 - 16:18 by David Barrett Admin
The same approaches that we used from the V (Bar 9) we can use for the Turnaround (Bar 11). Here are these options again, but specifically for the Turnaround.
1) “From the Turnaround, All-in” – You and the band start on Bar 11 and play a turnaround lick
2) “From the Turnaround, All-in” – Same idea as above, but you don’t start until the beginning of the next chorus. This gives you the opportunity to hear what the band is laying down before you play. continue reading...