Picture what your life would be like if you could not read the words you are now reading. It’s hard to imagine, right? Reading words gives you the power to sift through thousands of ideas in a fraction of the time it would take you if you were learning them
Category: harmonica lessons
In this video I describe a tongue blocking technique that had me confused for years. First I didn’t know how to do it, and then I finally hit on a way to do this, but I did not know what I was doing. So I finally slowed way down and
The strange magic of the blues harmonica has a lot to do with the way you can make it cry by bending notes. The way the little metal harmonica reeds respond to your breath creates a new voice, part machine and part flesh and blood. There are two main ways
Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to think and talk about music like a pro? To be able to name intervals or scale degrees and be able to sing them, hear them in your head? This skill, also known as relative pitch, is really not that hard to develop.
Yesterday I was reminded of a practice strategy that i think you will find very useful. One of the names for my website is Harmonica Mastery Tools, and this morning I was struck by the way you can use thoughts as tools. I’ve been doing something I stubbornly call “Musical
This tab shows you a riff that you can play in 2nd position in all three octaves. It is based on a minor pentatonic scale. If you play it enough times, it will give you the power to move up and down the harmonica while improvising blues solos.
February 21st, 2017 When I first started listening to the blues, I found myself traveling back and forth between worlds. It was a bit like changing my diet. I remember times when I ate a lot of candy bars and fruit would taste weird, like it did not belong in
Below is the mp3 recording of the exercise: Here is a challenge for you – Grab a G diatonic harmonica and play along with this recording. The metronome is set at 50 beats per minute. You can download your own PDF and MP3 of this exercise at the HotRodHarmonicas.com store for
Happy Holidays! If you found 2016 a mess of a year I can relate… Sometimes clearing the path for the creative musical life is a twisted journey & this year was one of the craziest rides yet… In fact, 2016 just might be the weirdest year I’ve ever lived through and
If you never heard of D. H. “Bert” Bilbro, I’d like to introduce you to one of the most fascinating harmonica players I have ever heard. In 1928 Bert recorded a steam train imitation on the harmonica that was done in one take, that at times sounds like two