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
Tag: harmonica practice
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.
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 found a great phrase this morning in a book by Steve Chandler: “the voice of your spirit”. I like this Phrase. It zeros in on what I was trying to describe a while ago when I wrote to you about discovering your own voice by recording yourself and then
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
“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing” You can take what you already know, tighten up the timing, clear out some space here and there to create tension, hit accents like you mean it, and BOOM! you catch on fire, your friends won’t know what got
What you are looking at above is a photo of my new improved practice space. My goal is to do a short practice that uses: A time limit (7 minutes) Focus on one thing (the tab on the page in the practice journal) A metronome (using the metronome for the