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
I’ve been preaching the gospel of going beyond 1st, 2nd and 3rd position by using pentatonic scales in 4th, 5th, and 12th position for years. It’s exciting and frustrating. Exciting to see people light up when they get the idea and run with it. Frustrating because most people give up before
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
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
I don’t know about you, but I have had a rocky relationship over the years with the idea of commitments. Im my musical life, there have been times when I was so excited about learning and playing music that it was not a conscious decision to commit myself, I was