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
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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
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’ve been re-reading Stephen Pressfields book “Going Pro”, and he tells this story about how Rosanne Cash had this disturbing dream about trying to join a conversation with Bonnie Raitt and some guy named Art, and Art dismissed her as a dilettante… This dream kept haunting Rosanne, and caused her
This is one of those songs that has been kicking around in my head for years. I heard a version of this by the Modern Jazz Quartet many years ago and they used a repeating riff to set the mood. I have played with this on long car rides, on
I tried using a metronome many years ago. I did it out of a vague sense of duty. That somehow it was good for me I bought a mechanical metronome called a Mini-Taktell. I never liked it . It seemed cold and heartless. Then I found out the metronome was