Blues Harmonica For Dummies by Winslow Yerxa

By Winslow Yerxa

The enjoyable and simple strategy to play blues at the harmonica

Blues harmonica is the preferred and influential variety of harmonica taking part in, and it kinds the foundation for enjoying harmonica in different types similar to rock and state. Blues Harmonica for Dummies delivers a wealth of content material dedicated to the blues approach—specific recommendations and functions, together with bending and making your notes sound richer and fuller with tongue-blocked improvements; use of amplification to strengthen a blues sound; blues licks and riffs; developing a blues harmonica solo; accompanying singers; ancient improvement of blues types; and demanding blues avid gamers and recordings.

The accompanying audio CD beneficial properties all of the musical examples from the publication, plus play-along workouts and songs that allow you to listen the sound you're striving for.
• In-depth assurance of significant blues harmonica techniques
• Blues music types, improvisation, and accompanying singers
• info on blues historical past and personalities

If you're intrigued via the belief of realizing and studying the compelling (yet mysterious) paintings of enjoying blues at the harmonica, Blues Harmonica For Dummies has you coated.

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Figure 3-1 shows some basic tab with breath arrows and hole numbers. Figure 3-1: Basic harmonica tab. Chapter 3: Deciphering the Code: A Blues Guide to Music Symbols Harmonica tab can also indicate several other actions: ✓ Whether to bend a note (change how fast it vibrates) and by how much. ✓ When and how to create special effects by • Shaping the way you cup your hands around the harmonica • Using your tongue on the holes of the harmonica • Moving the harmonica in your mouth I show you tab for special effects in Part III, where I go into detail about those effects.

So the harmonica evolved into a five-layer sandwich that includes a comb and covers, as shown in Figure 2-4. Top cover Blow reedplate Reed slot Comb Draw reedplate Figure 2-4: The five Bottom cover layers of a harmonica. Illustration by Wiley, Composition Services Graphics 27 28 Part I: So You Wanna Play Blues Harmonica? ✓ The comb is at the center of the harmonica sandwich and may be made of wood, plastic, or metal. In between the “teeth” of the comb are channels, spaces that channel air to and from the reeds.

However, a brand-new harmonica can have manufacturing defects right out of the box. Or it can go out of tune after you play it for awhile. Even a harmonica in good condition can be souped up to play louder and more responsively. To deal with these situations, consult the manufacturer for repairs or look for an independent service technician. Chapter 3 Deciphering the Code: A Blues Guide to Music Symbols In This Chapter ▶ Reading harmonica tab ▶ Talking musical time ▶ Understanding melody and harmony ▶ Exploring phrases, verses, and musical form ▶ Getting on the same page with other musicians S ometimes, thumping your chest and pointing just aren’t enough to describe what you’re thinking.

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