Would you like to learn how to play harmonica by mastering a bunch of easy to learn Blues licks that sound awesome?
If youa€™re new to Blues and Country Blues harmonica, you will be amazed by how quickly youa€™re going to have a great time playing the Blues by following my a€?Rip Out The Bluesa€? harmonica instruction.
Youa€™ll be able to play over 20 great-sounding Blues riffs that are super-easy to learn but sound great. This first video of a three-part series is specifically designed for beginning and intermediate level harmonica students.
After teaching more than 10,000 harmonica students over the last 20 years, I figured out a way to accelerate your ability to play the Blues in a way that sounds awesome but is really simple to learn. My a€?Rip Out The Bluesa€? method will teach you to jam step-by-step, by clearly presenting the most essential Blues and County Blues harmonica techniques.
No matter where you are in the world, we'll help you find musical instruments that fit you, your music and your style. This practical book explains all the basics of good harmonica playing for both chromatic and diatonic harmonicas.
Divide your purchase into 24 equal payments and receive 24 months of interest free financing. Introducing the exclusive tokidoki back-to-school collection, featuring innovative bags, stationery, and coloring products. Filled with ideas for how to liven up your life, How to Play the Harmonica is the perfect companion for keeping you happy. As a former minister, reporter, activist, bohemian, writer and artist, Sam Barry knows a great many things about life-and playing the harmonica. Harmonicas were invented in Germany in the 1800s and were at the time were basically used to play the "oom-pa-pa" or classical music or folk tunes of the time and of that area. That doesn't mean that you have to play folk, classical, or oom-pa-pa music on the diatonic harmonica, it just means that you have to play in a different style, and with a few different techniques, in order to get the blues harmonica sound. The first that has to be done in order to be able to play in the blues harmonica style and get the blues harmonica sound is to no longer play using the built-in blow-oriented tuning of the diatonic harmonica. In second position playing, your root note for the harmonica is the #2 draw on the harmonica ("draw" means inhale in harmonica language), NOT the #1 blow (which is the standard folk, classical, oom-pa-pa position). The second position takes advantage of the DRAW CHORD which is built into the first four holes of the diatonic harmonica, which is a seventh chord - seventh chords are extremely important for blues music. So now you have a new orientation for your harmonica playing: away from the BLOW-oriented style of the first position, to the DRAW-oriented of the 2nd position which uses the root note #2 draw, or the root chord you could also say, on the diatonic harmonica.

By starting on the #2 draw - what you have is a different scale that you are taking advantage of on the harmonica - technically it is a minor pentatonic scale.
However, this particular pentatonic scale has flatted notes or "blue" notes in it in order to get that "bluesy" sound, and is a specialized scale often called the blues scale. Bending a note on the harmonica is actually creating a note that wasn't built into the harmonica - it's almost a magical thing. You have 10 holes in the typical major diatonic harmonica, and 10 blow and 10 draw notes, so you have twenty built-in notes. By bending notes, you can get considerably more notes, and more often than not it is these bent notes that gives the harmonica its' "soul" and its' very "vocal" sound.
How to bend a note is quite a study unto itself, but the main thing you are doing while bending a note is changing the air pressure while the air is flowing over the reed, and in almost all cases this will be on a draw note.
To get started bending notes, choose one of the harmonica holes that usually is one of the easier notes to bend, the #2 draw.
Next - you draw in the #2 draw with that clear relaxed single note style so you can hear what that single note is supposed to sound like, and imagine that you are articulating the vowel "E" while drawing in on the #2 draw.
Three: Exhale so that you have a lot of air to work with on the #2 draw, and while drawing in saying "E", without changing anything else inside your mouth, change the vowel articulation to "OOO" or "AAAH". What this ultimately will do will be to change the air pressure inside that slot and will cause the brass reed to vibrate at a different rate, and the reed will be "bent" down.This gives you your bent note or "blue" note. Harmonicas come in many different keys: the higher the pitch of harmonica, the shorter the reed. The actual bending technique will be the same for all keys, but you will find it easier to learn the bending technique initially on the lower pitch harmonicas.
Blues harmonica is the root technique of almost all other harmonica styles, so whether you are a blues fan or not, it is a great place to start learning more fun techniques on the harmonica. Completing this video will help you develop the foundation of Blues techniques necessary to learn the advanced styles that are presented in my second and third Blues videos.
Because you will understand exactly what to practice, you will have a lot of fun while learning to play with confidence. Some customers think they are not receiving their email with link because they expect to receive their download link at their regular email address.
Step-by-step instruction is combined with practice songs and reference information on blues and rock harmonica to give you a well-balanced knowledge of the harmonica.
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Free spirit Sam Barry spends his days toiling as a HarperOne marketing and promotions manager and many of his nights raising a musical ruckus with his bestselling author brother, Dave, and the rest of the Rock Bottom Remainders crew. Barry currently works as a marketing and promotions manager at HarperOne and plays the harmonica in The Rock Bottom Remainders with his brother Dave. First of all it's important to know that there is not a separate, "blues" harmonica instrument - "blues harmonica" is instead a style of playing the harmonica. The major diatonic harmonicas really haven't changed their tuning very much since that time.
To get the flatted "blue" notes in the blues harmonica style it is necessary to become proficient at a technique called "bending notes" on the harmonica. That is, you must be good at playing only one hole at a time without other holes leaking in their sound.
The shorter the reed, the harder it is to bend the note, at least until you get used to it.
You CAN learn to play the harmonica, and you can carry it with you to have fun wherever you go!
I have helped people all over the world, so I know you will succeed in learning to play the Blues if you're willing to practice and play along this video lesson. As he waits for a major recording contract that might not come, he reflects on all the things that his harmonica has taught him about life. So start with at least a midrange harmonica such as the key of C, or go to a lower pitch harmonica key such as an A or even lower, a G harmonica, to practice bending notes. Delightful and uplifting, this little book just might convince you to add a harmonica to your daily repertoire. We've all been taking ourselves far too seriously for too long, and as a result we've made a complete mess of things.
When the harmonica is assembled, you don't see the slots, but just know that these reeds, 1 blow and 1 draw, are in the same hole, one above the other. Please allow 24 hours for delivery as I must sleep sometime and I send them personally.Download links are good for 2 weeks. Meanwhile, we're missing out on the most FUN-damental (I promise I won't do that again) joy of all.

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