Blues Harmonica For Dummies by Winslow Yerxa

By Winslow Yerxa

The enjoyable and straightforward strategy to play blues at the harmonica

Blues harmonica is the preferred and influential form of harmonica enjoying, and it varieties the root for taking part in harmonica in different types akin to rock and nation. Blues Harmonica for Dummies can provide a wealth of content material dedicated to the blues approach—specific suggestions and purposes, together with bending and making your notes sound richer and fuller with tongue-blocked improvements; use of amplification to boost a blues sound; blues licks and riffs; developing a blues harmonica solo; accompanying singers; ancient improvement of blues types; and significant blues gamers and recordings.

The accompanying audio CD gains the entire musical examples from the e-book, plus play-along routines and songs that allow you to listen the sound you're striving for.
• In-depth insurance of significant blues harmonica techniques
• Blues track kinds, improvisation, and accompanying singers
• info on blues background and personalities

If you're intrigued via the belief of knowing and studying the compelling (yet mysterious) artwork of taking part in blues at the harmonica, Blues Harmonica For Dummies has you lined.

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Each blues verse is short, consisting of three segments that each begin with a different background chord. You’ll learn to identify those chords as you listen and play. You can even repeat the same melody fragment over all three segments of the verse if you want to. I cover this topic in Chapter 7 and extend it in Chapter 17. ✓ Repetition is a big part of blues, and so is playing short sequences of as few as three notes — as long as you do so rhythmically. This book is full of these short segments, called licks and riffs.

By “expert,” of course, I mean someone who knows what doesn’t work because he’s tried it all! Finding Good Harmonicas for Playing Blues Some harmonicas have names like Blues Harp or Blues Session or Bluesmaster. But what’s in a name? You could get a Hot Pink Harp or even a Fluffy Bunny Harp and still play blues, if you could keep from getting laughed out of jam sessions. The fact is, people were playing blues harmonica long before some marketing genius decided to add Blues to the model name. The really important things about a harmonica are that it be airtight, in tune, and not likely to make you bleed, turn green, or otherwise endanger your health.

25 26 Part I: So You Wanna Play Blues Harmonica? Keeping Your Harmonicas in Good Working Order Harmonicas are working machines. They have stress limits when you play them, and they’re affected by being jostled around and by heat and cold, just like you are. They also get dirty, mostly from whatever you eat, drink, inhale, or cough up. To get the most out of your harps, you can follow a few simple tips. You can get deep into cleaning and servicing them, but even the most basic harmonica care will help keep your harps in good shape.

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