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
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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
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
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
The Practicing Mind If you want to get a new lease on life and music, check out this book: “The Practicing Mind” by Thomas M. Sterner. A fellow harp tech turned me on to this book because it was written by a man who is a musician and a piano